Friday, 23rd February 2007: Locos Furioso! @ Lil’ Havana
Check out the return of MODAR! And most excellent frantic newcomers, ONANI! And of course, the inevitable KLANGMUTATIONEN!
LOCOS FURIOSO (RAGING LUNATICS)
MODAR — Modar is unquestionably (at least according to us an essential historical slice of our local underground rock/metal scene. While they may not have received the kind of reverence commonly dished out to the likes of a Langsuyr or a Cromok, or, shifting to a non-metal register, a Carburator Dung; Modar’s place amongst the pantheon is nothing short of deserved and justified.
If you missed out on an opportunity, or weren’t around, to score a copy of Inferior Symphony back in the early 90s, then all we can say is this: you’re the poorer for it. And let’s face it, most of the older local stuff that get brandished with a “legendary” tag often are overrated and ends up in our “crapper bin” anyway.
But this is hardly so with Inferior Symphony. If ever Malaysians are to start jumping on the Doooom bandwagon currently taking the world by a glacial storm, Inferior Symphony should be prized as an artifact of our local past anticipating, by a good 15 or so years, of what has YET to come. Come watch history reform and unfold (yet again).
MAN UNDER ZERO EFFORT — Local prog-punk saviours who most recently opened for the Ruins’ Tatsuya Yoshida on the Bangkok leg of the latter’s S.E. Asian tour. Amidst all the overblown brouhaha over indie-rock or/and post-rock making in-roads into the local scene, MUZE stands out like a sore thumb bludgeoned to death with a belligerent jackhammer. These guys just aren’t your token “unique” or “different” band within the scene BUT are the REAL deal through and through — taking their craft to heights none of those brouhaha-ed over bands could even stagger towards, let alone envision themselves there. Buzzwords: Complex, polyrhythmic, technical (without even the slightest bit “Jamtank”-esque in meaning), dynamic.
KLANGMUTATIONEN — Featuring the original lineup that has yet to perform live together: Tham Kar Mun, Yandsen, Yeoh Yin Pin and Boon (aka Tan Kok Hui). All of whom should be heralded as pivotal core figures to Malaysia’s “avant and art rock/punk” past (dating as far back as the early 90s if ever someone was to write that history. Music-wise, Klgmutationen is as BRUTAL as you can get — mincing and brewing Takayanagi, Abe, Deathspell Omega, and Tony Conrad in one single tormenting guillotine drop. Haven’t you head? Klangites are fucked up.
ONANI — What could possibly be the grindcore equivalent of pornography? Onani might just be that answer. Certainly not porn in the way of hentai, bukkake, bondage S&M or even the many hardcore antics of Nacho Vidal and Rocco Sifriedi. But more in the vein of a souped up contemporarized street KL-ite vision of Debbie Does Dallas with cameo appearances by Rodney Dangerfield, Fat Albert and John Waters no less. And when there’s Waters, there’s Harris Glenn Milstead. Debbie Does KL meets Pink Flamingos. Bring panties, guys and grrls.
NUISANCE DRILLED — Promising young upstarts with a partiality for the mud, sludge, dirt and grime decked and RAWKed out in glorious low-end form that speaks to our crust up bunghole hairs unwashed after purging 6 rounds of menacing Indian curry. What more do you want to hear? Just don’t be a pussy and miss out.