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And we’re back. In our annual bumper issue edition. In this issue we try to capture the various different narratives revolving around Sexism & Gender theme. The more we were working on it, the more we felt that it is by no means an easy feat to capture the theme in its whole. Regardless we would like to present you our latest issue in our own small effort. We’re sorry there would be a little hike of the price this time around. It is still GST-free tho!

Bands interview:
DAILY RITUAL (Pasir Ris, Singapore)
SCUMRAID (Seoul, Korea)
XRDM (Ssabah, Borneo)
KW-13 (Bandung, Indonesia)

Interviews with Grrrls and many guest columnists (this time around dominated by female contributors)!
40++ regional and international music reviews plus the usual sections!

Please check out distros (link in the header above) nearby you and ask whether they carry this issue and they still have copies that you can get your hands on.

Distros/Wholesale purchase: Please contact TANDANG STORE (contact/details at Distro page, link above in header) as they are now our main distributor. Ask for the wholesale rate and help us distribute this in your respective town! International Orders are welcomed!

We always believe that punks benefit from technological advancements the most. A (sub/counter) culture that emphasise on self production be it in the form of music, writings, art and what-have-you would naturally be the first to make good use out of available tools offered by the latest technology. Punks definitely do not lack the know-how when it comes to how to press CDs, offset printing, mixing, tweaking and engineering sounds, silkscreen printing, you name it, we know it, all learnt through the internet with the guidance and aid of friends. Punks are prolific that way.

Recently we have seen a healthy mushrooming of various form of media on the Internet both audio- and video-centric and we know there are probably lots more than these (please do share with us in the comments and we will promptly add in!!), but these are the ones that came within our radar recent and not-so-recently. The emphasis on documentation could not be stressed enough and these people seems to realise that more than other. Some goes dormant after a few episodes, some goes on irregularly but hey, it’s all labour of love.

Click on the posters to direct you to the source!

Blackhole Radio

We’ve featured this one before and we still think that this is most enjoyable. Focus on the local contents that is seldom being covered elsewhere. Downloadable too!

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Rumah Pirata Radio

Recently started, an online radio from individuals from Rumah Pirata collective house at Bandung. Fun times abundant here. Local stuffs & classic punk tunes are played alongside. Still on the “experimental” stage- maybe they will follow suit to PodOmatic? Live streaming though, so you have to find some way to know the next broadcasting time.

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PTK Radio

This one is from a lesser known town in Pontianak, West Kalimantan. You know it’s going to be pretty bad ass when it comes from a town named after banshee.

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Other than “radio shows”, there are a few Youtube channel that features mostly live recordings from shows all around. We know these few from Malaysia:

Aberon’s channel

This one is from Aberon who used to have another channel by another name that we featured previously too, but we won’t say which. This channel boasts a handful of fullsets of bands that the guy likes, both local and international touring acts included. The video below is from the recent Shock&Awe! #6 launch party- Portland’s finest, TRAGEDY’s full set:

Doul’s channel

This one is from a guy called Doul and his videos features mostly live sets from shows that he goes to at Kuching, Sarawak.

Rez Iscandar

This guys doensn’t only shoot punk band’s live set but tonnes of other videos related to Malaysia politics/current issues, big concerts and basically things he sees wherever he so. You just gotta sift through the contents. Probably the most prolific person handling a video camera in this list.

Bakakuk’s channel

We save the best for last: of all listed above, this next one has the nicest video quality (especially the recent ones). We are not complaining but there is a certain satisfaction from featuring things that has above par quality. We live by that. This channel is from a recently made friend, Mr Q that features mostly shows from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Now go explore!

 

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.

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.

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.