Friday, 22nd September 2006: Unclogged’s Rojak Sotong Buffet Dinner Dance Party!
Latest!: The Handsome Rais pulled out BUT no worries! We have a bunch of young punks all the way from Ampang, CIVIL DISORDER!
One more addition to the merriment! We have for you some jazzy, proggy rock with shouty bits by The Otherside Orchestra!
PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG! AND DO COME AND JOIN US!!
ROJAK SOTONG BUFFET DINNER DANCE PARTY THINGY
Friday, 22nd September 2006
RM15 / 8.30 PM
Little Havana, Changkat Bukit Bintang KL (see map below) | mylittlehavanakl.com
MR STERILE ASSEMBLY
Zany, angular avant-punk with one huge baritone saxophone doing jazz-skronk Peter Br??tzmann-style – imagine a ten-storey toad in its noisy death-throes. Also features one amazing drummer we now call as THE ROJAK SOTONG, one ass-kicking bassist of Kim Gordonesque stature and one very young skinny and shy 6 footer kid on spazztic guitar. Yup! They are a sight to behold, and I’m not talking about their warpaint and aprons just yet!
Those who have been to mr sterile Assembly’s shows in Klang and Sri Hartamas recently would tell you how endearing and fun these guys were. Some kids came up to me and mentioned similarities to Mr. Bungle/Fanthomas and Primus. But if you’re well-verse with the more experimental, anarchic avant-garde end of punk rock; bands like The Ex, Dog-Faced Hermans, mid-period Chumbawamba and Crass would take you to the area which mr sterile & gang dwells in.
More like “Jam Band”, an improv jam fest with Yandsen AKA Yong Yen Sin (ex-Moxuan, Klangmutationen, Xing Wu Records), Ah Tham AKA Tham Kar Mun (ex-Chong Yang, Klangmutationen, Xing Wu Records) and Aziz (Ciplak!, ex-Talentless Plywood and the vacuum-cleaner-totting version of early 667-Neighbour of the Beast!). All are heavily involved in the criminally-ignored local abang-garde scene, and all the fabulous mind-warping SiCKl happenings too.
Do I know what to expect? Well, not me. Anything can happen with these guys. It may be just them standing around on stage smoking a cigarette for 30 minutes! Abang-garde apa!
Have to admit, I’m not familiar with Tenderfist at all, apart from them very good songs on its MySpace page. Is it a band or is it just a one-man project? Well, Tenderfist played at the recent Greener Riddim show at KLPac a-lonesome; a chair, an acoustic guitar and tonnes of songs. Judging from the slew of tunes on the MySpace page, I’m piqued; hopefully you are too!
THE HANDSOME RAIS
‚ÄìBreathlessly suave, debonair rib-tickler from the decadent 70s. Yes, the man is back for his third appearance at an Unclogged do. The Rais failed to spark much engagement and hilarity the last time he was on stage, will he pull back from the brink and rescue us all from the relentless staidness of our backyard? Well, I hope so!
Yup! The Handsome Rais pulled out at the last minutes; stuck in Penang with work.
DJANGO & THE HIGH COMMISSIONERS
Well, this is still quite a mystery, even to us. We were presented with a badly recorded song on a cassette (yes, that plasticky square thing with two rollers and tape). Only one song but what a song it was! And what a voice! We can’t even describe it here as the Django guy wants it to be a surprise. All we can say is, do expect loads clever verses.
Cross-dressing, lipstick-smearing geeks with guitars and a drumset, or a piano or a flute or a wind-up doll. With these guys, rock’n’roll is long dead and we are all vultures feeding upon the corpse. Amen.
THE OTHERSIDE ORCHESTRA
Quite rare sighting of Wan MUZE’s solo project with an ever-revolving number of friends and band-sluts in tow. The Otherside Orch started a couple of years ago but I have never seen them play. Their very existence is still quite a mystery to many in the scene. There’s a MySpace page with a coupla songs there but according to Wan, those are old stuff which doesn’t picture the band proper nowadays.
Tonight’s performance will see six band members crowding out the stage. I just hope the three microphones are enough to cover the excesses!
Fronted by a 16-year old, and features a drummer that is 15, Civil Disorder is a true teenage combo many of us wished we‚Äôve had the guts (and money) to form when we were at school. Just like The Fridays, I‚Äôve never seen them play before but I was taken on the strength of their tunes, especially Spirit of The Night which is a raging old-school punk rock with the exactly the same sound as the long gone ART (Against Racism of Today, who were featured on A Circle of Friends comp back in 1993). Bits of 1977 riffage meeting early American recklessness. There are some deficiencies of course, but I do hope the band‚Äôs practicing furiously as we speak!
To all homemade, DIY, indie people making and selling your own and your friends’ stuff, do bring ’em for sale. We have a long row of tables at the back of the space for you to use. FREE of course, but buy a ticket lah!
do come & join the fun. bring a bit of extra Ringgits to spend on feeding the fashionably-starving indie/DIY industry.
BTW; repeat this mantra:
CORPORATE ROCK SUCKS!