Disguised as band crew for Frequency Cannon, I ran on and off the stage touching guitars and amps for no real reason. Also managed to run off into the crowd, blending in to conduct my guerilla observation studies…
Of what may be 20,000 music fans present, my guess is 95% of them are Malay, middle to lower middle class, median age 17, and not fixated on academic achievement. More importantly, they are more supportive of local music and receptive to something out of the ordinary.
These kids know how to live. They know how to rock out, and let go, unlike the affluent, ‘cool’ kids, who seem to need expensive drugs, alcohol and music with ‘international’ flavour to do the same. That day, so many of them were not like that.
We stupid urbanites have got to stop sinking our own ship!
All because WE don’t give local music any attention doesn’t mean it sucks! Malaysian music is very much alive and well, making a connection with listeners, maybe just not you? Considering we have almost half our population aged 19 and below, there is a very good chance these kids won’t be brainwashed by people who gave up on making music in Malaysia.
Until we rid our prejudices and apathy, Malaysian music will have no room to grow, because the people with the money and power won’t do anything to help. They have some rat race to run.
I enjoyed The Times very much. Their performance was entertaining, and I identified with their music. Classic brit-pop sensibilities were apparent, but not as obvious as Pulp’s Disco2000 in (I think it was) the third song they played.
The lead singer swayed with the likes of Brett Anderson and gestured Jarvis Cocker, his stage antics reflected a sincere “Rock n Roll I don’t give a shit attitude” of some sort. A good example was he lifted up the mike stand and walked around with it with no obvious purpose – that was cool. They really rocked without typically rocking out, and their music’s appeal was more universal, and infectious. I will buy their album when I see it.
I enjoyed Plague of Happiness as well. While I could have mistaken them for being a lil loose, the lead singer’s voice reminded me very much of King Adora. Their tunes were really catchy and almost got me kicking away like a leprechaun.
Furniture was a different story.
The Emcee did a good job of protecting them, and preparing the crowd for the worst, but Furniture themselves gave too many disclaimers and apologies – what is wrong with being themselves?
Shoegazing and not shouting around dancing on stage doesn’t need apologising for. That style of music has never been widely accepted anyway. Given the bulk is expected to walk away in confusion, perhaps for that badly needed toilet break, there were many who were mesmerised, and a minority of the crowd knew their them well – shouting ‘goyang’.
Their music DID speak as loudly (only to less people). I for one, was not disappointed, thumbs up to them for the big balls to do what they do.