I have been a bit sick – lying in bed sub-conscious, leaving all of American Analog Set’s music on repeat, which is what I usually do when I am sick, except this time it ain’t Sigur Ros on replay.
I finally got up to go for this indie gig, joining my very good friend ChitSoon and his entourage (pictured below).
The flu was killing me slowly. I was sluggish, and a bit zoned out. It was drizzling when I arrived, and my beloved jeans got mud-stained. Now I have to WASH THEM. Grr.
Was Whitelight the first band? I forgot. They are from Penang and I thought they were pretty good. Melody and intellect was there. Their good use of post-rocky styles and prog-rocky guitar playing makes good debate material for indie-folks. Their lead singer looked like what was the only non-chinese musician that day. Their second song was so good, Yuri and I are getting them onto the show.
Although I am not a fan of Deng Deng’s style of music, a few mud wrestlers were. Like happy pigs in a rainy day, they pushed and swam in the mud. Here is another picture of these kids. Won’t their parents be shocked.
Then, things got uglier – my hunger pangs got the best of me, resulting in the purchase of a RM6 cold burger. I returned for Dzap Dau Dau, a Hong Kong riot grrl act.
Very typical underground sound riot grrl act, which isn’t my cup of tea. This act in particular, didn’t have me feel the melody, or the music, through what sounds like young, angry girls demanding for new toys. However, that may be exactly what Dzap Dau Dau wanted, and why some people love them. After all, they did receive a decent applause from the ever supportive indie-crowd anyway.
I also remember Citizens of IceCream, which had to restart 2 songs. Looseness or technical complications? I don’t know. They were the typical epic post-rock band, especially compared to Kazumasa Hashimoto (Japan) which had a more solid identity to his music.
The art in one of the many flea market stalls were pretty cool. A dude noticed I was plaigarising the works with my photographic memory, and quickly gave me the URL http://beautiful-junk.com to help. Do check it out – therein lies proof that Malaysian kids can kick some design ass – of course till their parents force them into auditors.
I took a few moments to think about the indie crowd. where not fitting in, is fitting in. Except many who do fit would hate to admit it, unlike say, hip hoppers. Then, Yuri, Ben, Abel and I leapt into a discussion on songwriting, and how some acts like Avril Lavigne have very professional songwriters behind them. The music was so loud we were almost shouting. All of a sudden, the music stopped, with Abel (still almost shouting) “Actually I kinda like Lindsay Lohan, you know?”
Amongst the indie crowd, that sounded pretty funny.
We then rallied ChitSoon, Hooi Yee, Jack, and Shaun to escape the RM6 cold burger, to Naili’s Place for some real food, skipping a few acts, returning in time for the suprise show stealers – SUBS from China.
It was obvious what kind of connection they made with the crowd, all of which stood up, and gave full attention. Resembling a chinese Yeah Yeah Yeah’s led by an angry, punked-out Gwen Stefani on crack, they SERIOUSLY rocked. I could FEEL their energy running through me, despite my unfamiliarity with the genre.
With my limited understanding of Mandarin, I totally bought in to the message they sold. She said:
DIY – Do it Yourself!
Always have freedom – Always have youth
You are the king of your dreams, keep your dreams alive, and live your dreams.
By the end of the act, I wanted to go to sleep. My nose was stuffing up, and I have waited too long for the Observatory. Nonetheless, I persevered, they were so hyped up I had to catch them with my own ears. Strangely enough, the life story of Abel caught my attention instead. I listened to the CD on the way home, and decided, they are indeed worth the hype.
Jack crashed at my place that night, and I got a hair complement from Jerome Kugan, whose short story, I read in a super old issue of Off the Edge at the clinic earlier in the day.
In summary, Street Roar Independent Music Festival 2006 was an excellent gig.
if only I was in a better state of mind and health to appreciate it. My mind was too bothered by the fact I leave for the phillipines in 4 days, with HEAPS of work left uncompleted. I am beginning to think falling sick is a natural excuse.
I will get well the instant I get all the work done =P