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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!

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.

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.