The Ricecooker Fanzine: What’s Up!
These past weeks we (the Ricecooker shitworkers) have been quite busy with the RICECOOKER ZINE project. Collaborators such as Shah (Mindless Show), Hatta and others have been in the shop often to do instant reviews! Choose a CD/tape/7″, put it on and immediately do a review on Arip’s notebook. Voila!
Then we interviewed a band from Jakarta, DENIAL, which was really pleasant since it was done over some drinks at the English fish’n’chips pub near my house called The Magnificent (run by an old friend Paul, who would put on great UK indie-pop & post-punk music – from The Stone Roses to Madness to The Smiths to The Jam and Joy Division – instead of some stupid “doof-doof” inanity).
I didn’t know nothing about DENIAL. It was Pijan who told me about this “indon indie” band and that I should check them out. I was heading there anyway, as the new place Cloth & Clef (which is just beside The Magnificent) was holding a release party gig for FREE LOVE‘s first album and I wanted to get a few copies to sell in the shop.
Anyway, besides FREE LOVE and KILLEUR CALCULATEUR performing, there was also DENIAL, a new band featuring some guys from THE BRANDALS, members of which are our friends. I didn’t managed to get inside Cloth & Clef to see the bands but RC zine editor No Beat & the zine’s photographer Fahmi FSF did. I heard they had to pay RM10 when it advertised FREE though. Hmmm.
When I got there, I immediately went to the table at Magnificent where Pijan and DENIAL were seating and did the interview. And what a pleasant interview it was. First of all, DENIAL mentioned Velvet Underground as one of their main influences and that’s pretty exciting! I mean where in the world can you find a bunch of young guys expressing love for Stirling Morrison, Mo Tucker and Lou Reed?
Furthermore the conversation was peppered with mentions of Suicide, Spacemen 3, Jesus & The Mary Chain, Soeharto, Sukarno, Iwan Fals, Marjinal, Bunga Hitam, CIA, the domino effect (the spread of communism in Southeast Asia back in the 60s) etc. etc. I mean, these guys influences, knowledge and comments really made me think about the local scene.
Where in Malaysia can you find an indie-rock band who knows enough political and pop-culture histories to present confident ideas of their own? This conversation with DENIAL really made 90% of the local bands seems pretty inadequate, to say the least!
Apparently, from the guys who saw DENIAL play, the band is a mixture of dirty noisy guitar feedback, Kraut-rock-style “motorik” drumbeat and swaggering rock’n’roll. I also heard the owner of Cloth & Clef was not too amused by their earwax removing guitar wail. There’s one song on their myspace and it’s totally Darklands-era Jesus & The Mary Chain (when Bobby Gillespie was playing the stand-up drum kit)! Anyway, I missed the show, so I’m kicking myself.
DENIAL was brought over here by a guy from Serdang. If I’m not mistaken his name is Amar and he took care of the band well, with hotel rooms and van rides etc. The last time THE BRANDALS came over they were fucked-over by a bad deal with the promoter (a certain person with “T” in his name lah).
Today (Saturday, Nov 14th) ex-bass player of OI POLLOI, Calum McKenzie is coming over from Thailand and he’ll be hanging out with us. According to the Wikipedia entry on OI POLLOI, Calum has been a part of NYC based thrash/punk band Death Mold a few years ago. We’ll know more if we can interview him!
Hang on! Looking at all those band names above I believe we need to have more LOCAL bands interviewed. I mean, the zine is supposed to be “more about the Southeast Asia” and NOT the big, bad utterly evil godless WEST! Guys! Get cracking!!!