Flyer of the event

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Audio recording of the previous forum on the role of punk in society has been uploaded.
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PERHATIAN!

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*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.

Just a quick one to share, since our videos are pending edit, if we would edit at all. Here’s two videos from the launch party the other day:

SUBVERSION TIMES

HERE COMES THE POLICE

Watch the rest of the videos at Pagan City Rocker’s Channel HERE.

Don’t know what this is about? HERE.

EDIT:

We know that people are searching for this, so this is it:

Addtional video, from Smek’s camera:

That Blackhole Ape strikes again!

Listen to the (downloadable) podcast HERE.

The launch party to one of the most anticipated release of 2011 would be TOMORROW! If you are bored with mono-genre shows, then this cross-genre gig featuring a smorgasbord line up of performers are not to be missed!

If for some weird reason you haven’t get yourself a copy, here’s how it look like! With FREE poster!

|THE GARRISON
Subversion CD release party!

As you may have known THE GARRISON’s debut CD was released to the wilds a few weeks ago, this is a celebration of sorts for it is an excellent release, one of the best in the history of the local scene! Hands down the best of the year so far! Everybody celebrates!

featuring:

THE GARRISON
– strident & powerful ’77-punk throwback with raw reggae and heavy dub in the offbeat!

KHAYALL
– everybody’s favourite heavy, heavy, heavy stoner-rock meets crust-style vocals

PARTTIMELOVER
– fresh energetic kids jangling through nu-post-punk; recalling radio 4 and their ilk.

THE NEEDLES
– young vibrant punks with their rock&roll high school anthem.

RESISTIV3 DJ Collective
– we’ll dance the night away!

SAX & VIOLINS
– local skronk, organic-elektro mash-up kicking a violin they found on the streets.

| RM15 | 8.30 PM | Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur |

note: we will record and hopefully video the show for posterity!!

also note: we’ll be using the fine amps & back-line from STUDIO KERBAU inventory, with the album’s producer Tom Bollocks manning the controls. It’s gonna be awesome!

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?

……

Read the full interview HERE.

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!


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