Posts Tagged ‘ Epaulard ’

Killeur Calculateur & Orbitcinta Benjamin Split Release Party @ Grafa Bike Cafe, Subang Jaya – 29/1/2012

Just saying, flyers for gigs are a little bit annoying when they just have something as ambiguous as “SS15” as the address of the venue. To put it into Sydney terms, it’s like writing “Petersham” on a flyer. So after walking around SS15, taking unfamiliar roads in unfamiliar directions, I finally found Grafa Bike Cafe. Basically, a “bike cafe” seems to be a cafe that is also a fixie shop, or a fixie shop that is also a cafe, and a place where many fixie-riding people come and hang out. It kind of felt like I’d walk through a portal into Melbourne, except all the people were Asian, not white. The gig was held in the backyard area, which was a very nice place for a gig and many workers from nearby restaurants seemed to come around the back and have a look, or a laugh, at what was going on.

Jin Hackman
18 min 27 sec / 25.3 MB / 192kbps MP3
Its pretty cool getting to see hip hop at a “punk” (or if you wanna get specific “screamo/skramz”) gig. I didn’t think it was that great but there was enough humour and dissing on Reza Salleh to make it worth it. And Arabyrd rapping in one of the verses was a nice surprise too.

Killeur Calculateur
12 min 53 sec / 17.7 MB / 192kbps MP3
For some reason Killeur Calculateur only played for twelve minutes. I hadn’t seen them since almost three years earlier, so maybe that’s just the normal thing for them. Anyway, they were good twelve minutes and I think it would still be good, if not better, if they played for another twelve.

16 min 16 sec / 22.3 MB / 192kbps MP3
This is the band whose name Jin Hackman didn’t know how to pronounce. That’s ok, because I don’t really know either but apparently its what French people call Free Willy. I’ve recorded Epaulard once before but this time they had a new drummer and a keyboard player, which was a pretty cool addition and something I haven’t seen much of in that skramz muzik.

Orbitcinta Benjamin
16 min 21 sec / 22.4 MB / 192kbps MP3
I first heard Orbitcinta Benjamin many years ago on some skramz compilation, I think it was called “Emo Apocalypse”, in which each band had to submit a song that was less than 30 seconds. I enjoyed the Orbitcinta Benjamin song and after figuring out they were from Malaysia I always wanted to see them, even though I wasn’t sure they still existed. Well, they do still exist and I finally got to see them just before saying goodbye to this country. They do that fast, chaotic style skramz.

The Unfortunate Fridays, Part 6 @ Rumah Api, Ampang – 7/10/2011

This was the first show I’d attended at Rumah Api since the Ramadan break when a lot of bands in general didn’t seem to play any shows. So, considering I only started recording bands just before the beginning of Ramadan, that’s why this is my first set of live recording from KL’s main punk “space”.

23 min 10 sec / 31.8 MB /192kbps MP3
Heavy, sludgy. Fast, crusty. You get the idea.

28 min 35 sec / 39.2 MB / 192kbps MP3
The new name for EX41. New name, same sound. Skramz!

Cloud Mouth
27 min 34 sec / 37.8 MB / 192kbps MP3
Cloud Mouth are from somewhere in USA and are currently touring Southeast Asia just before they brak up. Which is kind of what Atomgevitter did a few months earlier and Scum System Kill did in 2009. Maybe SEA is a good place for bands to retire. Anyway, Cloud Mouth play music that is a bit hardcore, bit screamo, bit melodic, bit something something like that. Halfway through one of their songs the power cut out. But the drums kept playing and the people kept dancing. Fortunately, the electricity came back only after a few minutes and Cloud Mouth could play a few more songs.

16 min 54 sec / 23.2 MB / 192kbps MP3
Daighila would have to be one of my favourite bands from the KL “DIY Punk” scene. They’re a screamo band that doesn’t seem to be content with being just a screamo band – always adding and exploring new sounds such as their recent experimtentation with electronic based textures. However, this show wasn’t their best. The short set ended with Epit pushing over the drum kit and walking out. Oooooh! Tension! Rumours say they will release an album called “The Shape of Screamo to Come”, organise a tour of Europe but after a basement show in Italy being broken up by the police, they will declare that they are “fucking dead”. Or not.