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This is a sobering issue, after the storm that was Issue #5 which we’ve decided to pair with a 7″ vinyl. We had a proper launch for this issue, a party in the jungle celebrating once again another issue that we didn’t fathom we could pull through accompanied by a show from Portland’s finest; TRAGEDY, no less.

This issue features interview with the “up and coming” acts from three different corners in the world, ANGKARA (MSIA), Milisi Kecoa (IND) and SNAGGLETOOTH (SIN). We had a good chat with all the bands talking not only about the music that they produce, but a a rule of the thumb in our publication, the immediate local issues and surroundings affecting the bands. Blast from the Dust features an interview with Al Dimalanta from the legendary DEAD ENDS (PHIL) with give a very enlightening insight of how it all was when punk first exploded all over the Philippines and the band’s journey that includes active participation in the local political movement. Two contributors both from Indonesia and Singapore wrote their respective investigatory and insightful  article on the insight of undercurrents around them both on punk representation and the turbulence of touring-business.

As usual, you can get a copy from distros near you, or ask us about our wholesale price: shock(dot)awe00(at)gmail(dot)com.

Hope you enjoy our latest effort.

It is time. Deadline 10th April 2012.

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The latest news from our kitchen? Click on the flyer to direct yourself to more info.

Calling for Ad placement soon! Local labels are very, very encouraged to place an ad with us, preferably with an exhaustive list of their release in this special issue documenting (a small portion of) Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia punk scene.

Cronies? Possibly. Without merit? Never.

You thought that the three launch parties were all we had on our sleeves this time around.

But NO!

We are going ‘overseas’, over-the-sea this time, that is, in Kuching, SARAWAK at the Republic of Borneo (Malaysia? who?).

Thanks to the kind kind people here, Mr Punkcaroba Fanzine, Marvin, along with a bunch of friends (Hello Rafel!), we have managed to slip in another show to continue our party train. This would be the last one, we promise, because we know, we should be focused on working on the next issue rather than occupying ourselves with all these shameless promotions.

And we would. But meanwhile that, here’s the flyer.

Please help to spread the word!

B/W version:

P/S: Enjoy the latest issue! We enjoyed doing it!

In our continuing effort to reach out to punk communities around Malaysia (and hopefully, if our pockets permit, Southeast Asia), we have planned a few launch party for our issue numero quattro.

PARTY TRAIN ‘TOUR’ FLYER:

FLYERS for individual shows:

Serie A: KUANTAN

For additional info: HERE

Serie B: AMPANG

Additional info: HERE

Serie C: BATU PAHAT

Additional info: HERE

 

Flyer of the event

ATTENTION!

Audio recording of the previous forum on the role of punk in society has been uploaded.
Click on the link below to download it!

Language: Malay & English // Duration: 2:48:35 // File size: 95.6 MB.

PERHATIAN!

Rakaman audio Forum Peranan Punk dalam Masyarakat telah tersedia untuk dimuat-turun.
Sila klik pautan di bawah.

Bahasa: Melayu & Inggeris // Tempoh rakaman: 2:48:35 // Saiz fail: 95.6 MB.

||Mediafire download link ||

*A short report would ensue in Shock&Awe! Issue #4. Don’t miss it!
** The video version will also be uploaded on Youtube, but not that soon. Keep tuning in.

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.

In this first of our Special Feature, Shock&Awe! Media brings you to a tour to the space formerly known as Gudang Noisy, home to the DIY hardcore punk scene in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which has been revamped and reopened as Rumah Api. In this installment, Shock&Awe! re-introduced the venue along with Pustaka Semesta; the infoshop housed in the space and talked with the people behind the space about what to expect from 178 Merdeka Street.

REPORTAGE VIDEO: (We recommend that you watch this in Fullscreen mode)

SEPANTAS KILAT!

On the weekend of 18th – 20th March 2011, the Shock&Awe! family has made a visit to Sabah. It has always been our desire to meet up kids there at Sabah even before the Shock&Awe! project commenced, as we have heard great stories from those who have been there. The tour this time was actually planned one midnight while dipping in a hotspring near Kampung Batu after a gig at Seventh Heaven Tampin. It was rather unfortunate that a few bands couldn’t make it- Crimescene’s member was a part of those who were present while the informal discussion was started.

MADE IN KILANG

A date was decided and we made the plans. As some of you might have heard, there was a problem of communication and yes, ripoff, that has happened that caused Sarjan Hassan, the initial band that we are supposed to be the supporting act to, couldn’t be there. Three shows was planned at Keningau, Ranau and Kota Kinabalu and it happened successfully. We hate to state the obvious, but the kids there at Sabah is receptive of different genres of music and are open to visits from bands from anywhere in the world.

TAND-Y

We are not going to go to details but we would like to share a few observations that we made from the tour. Firstly, the quality of the bands in Sabah is above average (read: good!), it is a good self-check for the bands in the Peninsular to check what Sabah has to offer and tighten up their own acts. Practise before you appear on any stage at Sabah! Secondly, the local bands at Sabah are close to their local politics and surrounding, most of them aware what is happening in their locality and this is apparent from the lyrical contents of the bands there- something that a lot of Malaya’s band cannot claim!  Thirdly, diversity is all around Sabah- and is embraced full heartedly by the kids there- the countless and almost futile-to-keep-track race and ethnicity, all sorts of music genres and wide arrays of local brews- all under one roof, in one close-knit community (Ok, a little exaggeration, but better than what KL has). Whether you drink or you don’t, whether you dig raggae or not, everybody embrace diversity, providing us with a glimpse of what a Discrimination Free (yes, there is even a band there by that name!) world look like.

RESOLUSI!

One conclusion that we could make is, as much as we like to keep Sabah as our best kept secret, that is the place to head to by touring bands. While people are busy making plans to tour to Singapore and Indonesia, it is their loss if they fail to consider Sabah as one of the must-visit, must-have venues in their tour schedule.

ARAMAITI!

Can’t read texts without pikturrreesss? Some pictures here:

That darn time-sucker bloody thing called Facebook (you gotta be friends of someone though).

Quick Reverb

P/S:

1) Do checkout Omega Shop at Ranau if you are at Sabah! Run by our close brother, Rizo. Taking DIY to the other level.
2) Anybody can help with the video editing? Our labor department is over-stretched at the moment.

Pic credits to : Rikki Segantang, Freewheelin Man, Mel Mohd, Jan Omar and Brandon QuickReverb. Merci beaucoup!