Leaving Normal: Boy Punisher / Naked Butterfly
Boy, one of the early pioneers of the local underground music scene, guitarist for Punisher and later on, Naked Butterfly, died today, Sunday July 30th. I got a flurry of calls and sms-es at around 7 PM. A bunch of old friends who went to visit his wife and children in Cheras tonight said that he died after being electrocuted at home. It was not clear whether it happened this morning or later, but apparently he was trying to fix some light fixtures in the house.
Boy and his older brother Karim (as members of pioneering thrash metal band Punisher) were central figures in the early days of the local underground, especially during the mid to late-80s when the scene was just a bunch of guys hanging out at the Central Market, organising their own gigs and building an independent musical scene far removed from the mainstream. When the band split-up later with singer Rosdan moving to Denmark, Boy moved on with Naked Butterfly, playing a mixture of funk, metal & rock, in the veins of Faith No More and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Naked Butterfly released an album in 1995, did a small tour playing Kuantan, Alor Star and Penang but soon after started to disintegrate. The last time I saw Boy onstage was when both Naked Butterfly & Punisher reformed to grace the I Thrash Therefore I Am stage on August 1st 2004. It was a reunion of sorts, when long gone bands such as Infectious Maggots, Silent Death, Nemesis, The Pilgrims and my own band Carburetor Dung (all old friends from the Central Market days) got together and performed to about 1,000 people.
Boy left a wife and a couple of kids. And a lot of friends who will dearly miss him. Condolences to the family and friends.