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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!

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!


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.