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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!


END cancelled few days before the show starts.
Blood on Wedding Dress cancelled few hours before the show starts.
To make it worse as it is, Yuen was also unable to make it due to some family affair.

Bummer.

Monkeys having a big problem now.
Fear and loathing in Bangsar (OK tomorrow in Tampin)
But quoting from one of the band that’s gonna play,

“Come on and get it. Don’t you wanna get it, get itt”

Pfft.
Let’s give it a fucking go then.

We were (wee bit) late due to traffic jams (ED: It’s a lie, he was making the tags last minute, AGAIN!) and the show started at 4.30 p.m as we can’t withstand the heavy pressure from the space owner. Carbon 4Teen took the stage first. These punk rock kids seems too busy to be bothered and butt hurt by my previous review of their release and pulled out an energetic performance. I bet they’re too busy to care in a bonafide punk rock fashion.

Artificial hairy punks, Pusher was next. Unlike the rest of the bands, this is the second time they played in Tampin. Their increasingly fat drummer manage to fall down and broke the chairs during their set (haha) but you know they won’t let you down. The only thing that is worth a complain for that particular day is their vocalist’s voice, which made me wonder if they accidentally change the vocalist to someone else (a screamo vocalist, maybe?). Lining up after that was the demo birthday boys, Gymnastic Skull Whistling waking Tampin up with their relentless power violence. In conjunction with this release party of their first demo, they pull out tight performances that we are sure won’t be letting the sales of Cactus Records down.

Just akin a commercial break, them subversive reggae boys (that didn’t sing about Jah, collie buddz or panjis) The Garrison was next and they turn the violent atmosphere to a relaxed and calm one. As they’re currently in the studios to record their full EP, I know many of you can’t wait to get your hands on it after witnessing how magical they are inducing the moshing crowd under their spell into a submissive intoxicated one.

Now there are only two bands left and everybody knows now it’s too late to be afraid. Post-punk darlings Killeur Calculateur took over the stage with a tremendous set. The crowd didn’t want them to stop! I know I might sound exaggerating but videos are here, just take a look at it. I bet they might be surprised too knowing how much Tampin loved them. And to end the show with a sweet note, we unleashed the fearsome four, our final weapon, Sarjan Hassan to conquer them all. They manage to play their regular set lists with an addition of two covers from Slayer and Motorhead as a bonus. Well, Man was a little more chatty than usual but disappoint, they did not.

And then it’s dark, it was late but everybody just can’t stop the madness.

Thankfully it’s Saturday. And we’re in love.

The show managed to gather RM800.00, which is a slight relief to us (cause we’re expecting to face loss and CEO cum Finance Manager YKL is not there). RM650 goes to Seventh Heaven, RM100 was divided by four and goes to 4 bands (RM25 each), 50 goes to cover misc costs i.e. tags, mineral water and cable ties. I guess this is transparent enough, yes?

Thanks Batu Pahat, Keningau, Kota Kinabalu, Ranau and Tampin for the memories so far.

Next we shall see ya; Temerloh? Sungai Petani? Taiping? Penang?

Big thanks to Aliansi Penendang Awan and crews for the alliance. (http://penendangawan.blogspot.com)
Big thanks to the awesome bands that spent a day for only RM 25.
Big thanks to the presence of other media in alliance Gogon TV, Shutterscream and Stagecandid (links below).
And ultra big thanks to you people who came to support.

Chaos is Tampin!

xoxo,
Shock & Awe Media team.

Our love don’t cost a thing

PERFORMED BANDS LATEST ACRHIEVABLE MATERIAL:

Carbon 4teen – Carbon 4teen/T.I.M split CD, Nervhous Records
Pusher – Our Beloved Valley of the Dead CD, Knot Records
Gymnastic Skull Whistling – Play Fast or Don’t TAPE, Cactus Records
The Garrison – Subversion Rock CDr, Knot Records
Killeur Calculateur – Valley of the Dead CD, Quiet Still Dead Records
Sarjan Hassan – Sarjan Hassan/Daighila split TAPE, Revulsion Records

*All of them are searchable via Facebook and Myspace, go figure.

PHOTOGRAPHS/VIDEOS/ETC:

Stage Candid – http://www.stagecandid.com/2011/04/stagecandid-monkey-is-us-gig.html
Shutterscream – http://shutterscream.deviantart.com
Gogon Media – http://gogonmedia.com

ON THE FIELD:
REPORTER: Ci Chaan
VIDEOMAN: Tjong

On the last Christmas, the Terengganu punk band Cock Say Cock Dung has organised a ‘jamm fest’ at Kemaman known as the Tengkujuh Jamm Fest. Tengkujuh denotes the year end pour that usually experienced by the Malaysian East Coast states. Kemaman is a town in Terengganu just slight north to the famous Cherating beach where surfers would also converge in the end of the year for the high waves. Kemaman is characterised by fishing village and products from the seas as of the rest of the Terengganu state.

Shock&Awe! Media tagged along with members of the band Pusher to observe and to document the event. The videos shot are relatively underlit as the norm, as always, at shows are to function in the lowest level of light as possible. It frustrates our cameraman most of the time. Hence the absence of the video of some of the bands performed :) Here are a few videos that we managed to shot from the show:

Cock Say Cock Dung played first, with their cover of Beastie Boys’ Egg Raid on Mojo:

Pusher’s Medical Prescription:

and crowd’s favourite Dum Dum Tak being the highlight of the show that day:

The show was dominated mostly by local favourite brand of pop/melodic punk. Other than the listed bands, Inikah Hidup have also woken up from their hibernation and played a set. The Let’s Go played the final slot a mixture of some original materials and cover songs. It was an intimate show with a surprising amount of crowds, especially considering there was at least four more shows happening on the same day- at Gudang Noisy Ampang, Ska Fest at Tampin, Negeri Sembilan and at Taiping’s Rainhouse Music, KL’s One Cafe and Batu Pahat’s The Wall. We met a lot of our East Coast friends as well, one came from as far as Tasik Chini ;) and there was the usual eat-together after the show at a stall nearby. Jim Straub of Ride On zine was also spotted tagging along with Nizang to check out the show.

Is the show a life-changing one? No. Is it eye opening and beyond expectation? Neither. But it sure was refreshing to be out of the city and seeing how there are kid’s forming bands and organising gigs in their small towns and still holding on to the whole DIY thing that is inseparable with the DIY hardcore punk community.

Whenever we are available, Shock&Awe! Media Team are able to cover your local DIY events and gigs. We wish to extend our invitation for gig/event organisers to invite us to cover your events and we would appreciate that allocation of passes (i.e. tags) for Media is provided. Support us to support you! Let’s get busy!

Photo by Fikri Amin

Reporter and videoman on the field: Yuen Kok Leong

Revolt and Chaos, a trustworthy collective that is normally involved in organizing shows have organised a farewell show for Cyberne, a Japanese progressive hardcore touring band from Osaka on the last 13th December 2010, which was a Monday night (gasp!). The show started at 9, and because it was held in this studio as a space the entrance ticket required is very cheap at only RM 5. It is a nice studio even though the sound system is not that good though it is spacious.

The first band that played for the night is Daighila, an epic emoviolence that hails from the Rembau, Negeri Sembilan Malaysia. They had played three shows with Cyberne prior to this farewell gig, which include one in Singapore. The front man himself that runs Stoneville Records which was the organizer of first show when the tour kicked in at Gudang Noisy, Ampang. They played few songs taken from the Henceforth EP with an unreleased tracks that is going to be in the split with Australian’s Circuits. The track below is the track that would be featured in the split.

Henceforth EP and split with Fanzui Xiangfa is still available under Stoneville Records.

(Commercial break: Circuits will be having a South East Asia Tour with Daighila on February so stay tuned!)

Second band that played for the night was The Pips, a semi folk or pop punk that consists almost all girls from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. They did cover a song both from Marjinal and The Slits, other than paying their own materials. The band managed to switch the atmosphere from Envy-based one to an entertainingly fun environment. They took the effort to provide explanation to every song that they’re going to play, and managed to pull a tight set still. You don’t want to miss them live, trust me.

Tug Of War EP is still available under Knot Records.

Here is a video of them covering The Slit’s I Heard it From the Grapevine:

Third band for the Malaysian-goodbye is Temerloh fast hardcore Gymnastic Skull Whistling (GSW) with an energetic unhealthy dose of power violence. This is again, when the ambience of this tiny space changed. Even the crowds did not hesitate to mosh in a like-they-are-not-working-tomorrow manner. GSW is a trio with dual vocals (the other one is the drummer) and they managed to put simply a striking performances and waking up everyone there preparing the crowd for the next set by Cyberne.

Demo cassette by GSW will soon be available under Cactus Records.

Finally, it’s Cyberne taking over the set. They managed to pull out eight shows in the tour that covers Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Overall it’s a good set for them as we saw it for the first time and they pulled that out as a closing farewell for the tour. Shock&Awe! Media managed to attend all three shows that has been held for them in Malaysia, and wanna express kudos to everyone that has involved in making this happen. The show was in itself, a success especially judging from the turnout of people considering it was a Friday night.

Cyberne tour cassettes are still hot from the oven from Stoneville Records.

Reporter on the field: Ci Chaan.

Video footage: A.Idleness.