Archives for the month of: June, 2011

Strong tradition needs not to be defended, but redefined and escalated to a new level. You shall not regret getting a copy of this historical release of our very own homeboys, The Garrison. It comes with lyrics not seen in Malaysia since Relationsheep (and of course, your band)- from bands who believe that music should transcend beyond entertainment consumption.

Here is a medley sample of what’s inside the CD:

Available now from local DIY distros and Ricecooker Shop. Demand your local distro to carry this, if they haven’t! Or you can order from the record label themselves directly:

Email: knot_records@yahoo.com
Blog: http://knotrecords.wordpress.com/

Don’t miss this!

Because the emphasis on the importance of DIY venue needs to be supported by proactive action in preserving it. Shock&Awe! presents Pazahora which have recently completed their tour from the land of the rising sun. The show would be a benefit show for Rumah Api to kickstart a new era from their recent rejuvenation.

PROLOGUE

Shock&Awe! is honoured to present you Pazahora, in conjunction with their “Transcendence” tour at recently rejuvenated Rumah Api. You might wonder, why Rumah Api as there are lot of venues around KL that might have better sound system and complete facilities, and are more strategically located. The answer is simple;

Because Rumah Api is all we have. For punks by the punks.

 We at Shock&Awe! Media believe that the initiative of keeping autonomous space for DIY punk empowerment should be kept alive. Because this is our alternative avenue. And let us question ourselves where do we stand without the existence of all these alternatives? Do we conform? Do we end up like the rest? Bear in mind that all of this are choices, not mandatory.

 We all know that Rumah Api (formerly known as Gudang Noisy) had experienced frequent occurrence of finance instability almost to the brink of loss. They did asked for donation, organized benefit shows, basically doing whatever necessary to save the space. They are aware of the risk of failures but they refuse to surrender cause they believe that they rather be forgotten than remembered for giving in, you all know from where this is quoted from.
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 And this is from all of us who still believe;

Rumah Api, this is for you.

KATA PENGANTAR

Shock&Awe! berbesar hati untuk menganjurkan gig di Kuala Lumpur bersempana dengan tour Pazahora “Transcendence”. Mungkin ada yang bertanya, mengapa Rumah Api sedangkan banyak lagi tempat yang kita diketahui mempunyai sistem bunyi yang bagus, kemudahan yang lengkap berserta lokasi yang strategik. Jawapannya mudah;

Ini kerana Rumah Api ini sahajalah yang kita ada. Dari Punk untuk Punk.

Kami di Shock&Awe! Media percaya bahawa usaha mengekalkan ruangan autonomi untuk pemerkasaan budaya DIY perlu dipertahan. Kerana ia adalah satu saluran alternatif untuk kita semua. Tanya diri sendiri, di mana kita tanpa semua alternatif ini? Adakah kita akan tunduk patuh? Adakah kita akan berakhir seperti majoriti? Harus kita ingat bahawa alternatif ini adalah pilihan kita, bukan satu kemestian.

Kita semua tahu yang Rumah Api (dahulunya dikenali sebagai Gudang Noisy) mengalami masalah kewangan yang serius sehinggakan kita hampir kehilangannya. Mereka minta bantuan kewangan, menganjurkan benefit shows, apa sahaja yang terdaya untuk menyelamatkan tempat itu. Mereka sedar akan risiko kegagalan tetapi mereka lebih rela dilupakan daripada diingati akibat menyerah kalah, kamu semua tahu dari mana ayat ini dipetik.

Dan ini dari kami semua yang masih percaya;

Rumah Api, ini adalah untukmu.

Watch our Special Feature on Rumah Api HERE.

In progress: Our Issue #4 which include his column on spaces in Singapore. Coming soon.

Hello peeps,

Just thought of sharing this interview done by people at Lion City DIY.

Here’s an excerpt, click the link attached below to read the full interview:

First things first, how did the idea for Shock&Awe! come about?

Yuen: Well the idea has always been in a way floating around before. Alak and I had planned to make a zine way back in 2004 – more a perzine than anything else – but it never happened. However, when I was back from Sarawak for my sabbatical, I wanted to do something, and since I suck at playing musical instruments, I decided that a zine was the way for me to contribute to the scene.

Alak: Yes, earlier in 2004 we did have some rough ideas that never did happen. When we reunited recently last year, we had a serious discussion about making it happen, as we were getting bored and had some serious shit to complain about.


And how did Ci Chaan come into the picture? How many people do you have on your “team” or is the number more organic?

Ci Chaan: Because I’m good-looking?

Yuen: It’s like the open-source operating system Linux: we provide the template and we look for interested collaborators – organic might be the word to describe it. So there are no actual numbers – people can come and leave as they like, which is relatively low commitment and therefore low pressure, but of course we do have core members who help to oversee the whole operation. Ci Chaan has stunning looks and excellent PR skills, so his addition to the team was very strategic and indispensable for our expansion. ;)

Alak: Well, doing the zine with only the 2 of us would result in another boring self-absorbed personal zine, which would only portray a one-sided view. So the bugger came along as the third opinion.


As we all know, zine culture is pretty much dying on a global scale, and is considered dead in this part of the world. So why a zine? Why not just a website?


Ci Chaan: You know, the vinyl industry is dying too but bands are still unrelentingly releasing records on that format. There is an essentiality that you can’t explain.

Yuen: We all know that punks are always nostalgic towards the traditional format: vinyl and tapes for example. So here we are expressing our own nostalgia for the paper and ink format. It is interesting to observe how many magazines have gone online to remain “relevant”. However we still relish the full sensory experience of reading a magazine: the crispness of the paper, the smell of the ink, the pleasant feeling of reading from paper and the non-ephemeral feeling of print. Try reading on your iPad at the beach.

Alak: I have always been fond of that fresh smell of print and being able to read something that I can hold in my hand. I’m pretty sure that are still some people who do think alike.

Ci Chaan: Plus, people wouldn’t give a fuck if Maximumrocknroll was just a website, don’t you think?

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Read the full interview HERE.