Saturday, 28th January 2006: Unclogged Chinese New Year’s Eve CANCELLED!
Yup! It’s cancelled. I went to NBT at 5pm with some band members who were supposed to be playing tonight. Some musicians and friends were already there inside NBT to do soundcheck. A few minutes later, NBT owner, Evelyn, took me up to her office and showed me a letter from DBKL. The official letter bearing the council’s logo asked NBT to stop operating, and if NBT keeps on going & doing gigs like normal (from today onwards), DBKL would go there, consficate all the equipment, seal the place up and slap some charges. And so that’s it. The show is cancelled and NBT is closed (at least until the matters sorted out).
Some people asked me whether it’s about the current “black metal” hoo-haa. Well, I saw the letter and it didn’t mention anything about “black metal”. it’s more about licensing and permit issues. But it does smell rather fishy since it’s like a few hours before Unclogged supposed to start. Why now? Why not last week? or next week? Hmm, jeng-jeng-jeng and all that suspenseful conspiracy theory themes are ringing.
Whatever it is, we have lost another venue, hopefully temporarily.
So here, me & Evelyn would like to apologise to all the bands and the people who were planning to celebrate a good CNY Eve out at Unclogged tonight. We are very, very sorry.
BTW; GONG HEI FATT CHOI MAN XI YU YI! GONG XI FA CAI WAN SHI RU YI!
– Singapore’s indie-rock stealth-weaponry, blessed with the sharp wordsmithery of one Ben Harrison, former scribe for BigO magazine (not that he’ll admit to it these day!) and also ex of many much-missed Lion City 90s combos (including The Padres). Etc. also features bassist Vinita Ramani (Self Portrait), guitarist Adrian Bestium (Rocket Scientist) and drummer Lennat but at the moment we are not sure if this line-up would appear as it is. Rumour has it that Couple’s Aidil may play drums!
Lucy in the Loo
– When FreeLove sings “Indie Rock Darling”, the first thing that comes to my mind is either Kim Deal or Kim Gordon, but when it comes to the Malaysian side of the jangle, it must be Lucy in the Loo. Most excellent indie-rock with more bubbles and pop than the usual. Singer/guitarist Hana has an amazing voice and the band have enough of that “unschooled, geeky amateur” feel that I’ve always craved for in a pop combo.
visit: lucyintheloo.com / lucy@MySpace
– Finally a local band that has recently perfected the true sharp “Mod” sound with their super hit “Come On”. Worshippers of all things UK mop-tops, this bunch rocks. Last I saw them they were kinda soppy, but since then there’s enough zest and zing to get creaky old fans of The Lambrettas, Secret Affair and The Chords twisting.
visit: Bittersweet@MySpace and have a listen to the barnstorming Come On!
– One of the many promising young bands on MySpace which have really snagged my ears. An almost perfect balance of great indie melodies, with some jangle and bits of punkish barre chords for a bit of dirt. Also blessed with confident singing and songwriting (a rare quality amongst new local bands). note: this is all based on the last three songs they put up on the MySpace site (Art School Cool, Slingshot etc), BUT now they have changed the songs there!
– 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’ve had the guts (and money) to form when we were at school. Just like The Fridays, I’ve 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’s practicing furiously as we speak!
– Featuring Yandsen (ex-Moxuan, current Dung saxaphonista & many other “abang”-garde projects) and Kok Siew-Wai, (who recently did a talk on the subject of Experimental Art in Upstate New York), Reflex is an improv duo, and according to them it will be an audio/musical “conversation” bouncing between the two of them. Apparently it’s about “listening and reacting”. Hmmm. I just hope there will be some skronk in there somewhere.
no site, but you can check: Experimental Musicians and Artists Co-operative Malaysia (EMACM)
– If you’ve missed the last Unclogged, then you’ve missed one of the best Malaysian debuts ever! Merry prankster Hisham had us all in stitches when he suddenly turned up on stage and tore a lot local myths to shreds! Well, he’s back and “with new materials” too!
+ a few more
– And some friends to join in as guests.
NoBlackTie, 17 Jalan Mesui, Off jalan Nagasari, KUALA LUMPUR – ph. 03 – 2142 3737
[ Jalan Mesui is situated behind Istana Hotel, which is situated on Jalan Raja Chulan ]
To those who haven’t been to NBT before, it’s at the back of the Istana Hotel is a nice mamak restaurant called Baidushah, the road in front of that restaurant is Jalan Nagasari.
If you’re coming from the area where the Arab Malaysian Building are facing The Weld on Jalan Raja Chulan, head straight towards Istana Hotel (on the right). Just before the hotel there’s a small junction (also on the right side). Take that turn and go down the hilly bit, now you are on Jalan Nagasari, from here you can see Baidushah on the left, go pass the restaurant and take the first right turn into Jalan Mesui. Halfway through that street, you’ll find NBT in the middle of the two-storey blocks on the left side.