REMINDER!: Friday, 17th November 2006: Awas! Otak Kotak Meledak! @ Lil’ Havana
Unclogged & Cactus Distro bring you a bit of fun…
Coinciding with the release of Opposition Party’s new album earlier this year, Cactus Distro and some friends are putting together some shows for the veteran Singaporean punk band. There’ll be shows in Klang and Puchong, and the KL show is being held at Unclogged’s current haunt, Little Havana. It has been quite a long time since OP played here and the recent change in sound is another bonus to check these oldies out!
Opposition Party is (arguably) the FIRST Singaporean punk band! They started out in late 1986, a good 20 years ago! When I started doing gigs for the KL scene back in 1989/90, there were no local punk bands active and gigging, apart from Kuantan’s Hijrah that is; so when I wanted a punk band to grace gigs full of thrash-metal bands, the first band I contacted then was Opposition Party.
OP has been going through a lot of different line-up changes but mainman Francis Frightful is still there after all these years! In the mid-80s up to the early 90s, OP played raging raw punk of the British early-80s style (UK82) but later implemented a lot of metal-influences, which in a way turned me off big time!
With the relase of thier new album “Zombified” earlier this year, I heard a lot of buzz from old friends that OP is back to playing the old-style! At the point of writing I’ve only heard one tunes, but I’m sure am looking forward to the gig to hear more.
“Chaos” by OP
Previously known (for two gigs!) as Union of Slaves, Kah-Roe-Shi is a new project featuring Kid and Fahmi of Mass Separation, and also Zul of Akta Angkasa on drums. The band described themselves as “doom-laden hardcore punk” and I can gleefully add that they are also experimenting with a lot of new areas, including the use of samplers and film projections.
Fresh off the rehearsal rooms, this is a project by a bunch of mysterious people doing a take on “doom metal” & “stoner rock”. Tell you the truth I haven’t seen or heard them play just yet but it is still exciting nevertheless as the band members are no stranger to the local gigs. This show is gonna be the first time they play to the public, and getting their agreement was not easy, I had to threaten them with physical harm!
no site yet Silambayu has just pulled out today (Wed, Nov 8). Reasons? “Tak sempat jam”
You know them already lah. The Subang/Klang avant-punk, “unhinged Rolling Stones” is finally back after a very lengthy silence. This is a reunion with all the original guys, plus ex-Chong Yang, Boon on drums. The band put out their debut album a few years ago and only a handful ever got sold! So now, it’s the chance for you to evaluate the genius again! And yes, buy the CD lah! The band has a slew of dates happening after this show too!
“E Whole Year Inn” by Maharajah Commission
The punky reggae party gang last played at the KL Independent Bands Fest in July and I heard they did a great set, only many of us weren’t there to witness it. Now we have a chance to see how the band has grown since releasing their first EP early this year. I particularly want the band to play since we’ve stopped hanging out for a very long time! Yes, quite selfish of me but I’m sure you guys will enjoy their brand of post-punk meets dubby reggae throwdowns!
Heard a lot about this bunch of bowel-churners, but here’s Kid (Kah-Roe-Shi) description of the band: Nuisance Drilled is a gloomy doom crust metal band formed by members of now defunct Banzai 606 and thrashcore unit Sarjan Hassan. Influenced by Bongzilla, Meatjack, Burning Witch, Brainoil, Damad, Corrupted, Sleep, Moss, Goatsnake, Earth, Dystopia, Thorrs Hammer, Isis, Sunn O))), Khanate, Church Of Misery, Earthride, Noothgrush, YOB, Kylesa, Grief, Eyehategod, Fleshpress and Black Sabbath. Soon putting out a full length album (recorded back in May 2006).
THE GOODNITE GOODIES
All the way from the town where I grew-up at, Dungun, Terengganu! Melodic punk rock of the more energetic and fiery kind. This will be the first time the band play outside of Terengganu too!
“Realize” by The Goodnite Goodies
Unclogged Note: We have decided to keep the show short, with only 5 bands. This is because Little Havana has this policy of no “too loud” band after 11.30 PM, as the neighbours living at the nearby apartments would complain and call the cops! With OP headlining, we can’t risk that by going over midnight. So, please be there early.
Lots of DIY/Indie releases gonna be available for sale at the show, if you have any recordings of your own or if you run a distro etc., do come and set up on the tables at the back of the room.
and yes, never forget this mantra!
CORPORATE ROCK STILL SUCKS!
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