Ahad, 24 Januari 2010

Pop-Punk Show at Embrace Hall

Young And Dangerous living it up

Half Asleep performing 'My First Kiss'

Just for pick-up line, this is the only gig where 2 cover songs were performed twice! Ramones' 'KKK Took My Baby...' and NOFX' 'Linoleum'. Tell me, how often u experienced a gig where one same song played twice by different bands...! LOL.It's like having Mariah carey performed "You are Not Alone' before Beyonce putting another version of it right in the MJ tribute concert.
It's slumber afternoon at 4pm 16th Jan 2010 at Embrace Hall.
ComRadikal kickstarted the rather low-key gig at 3.30pm. Just ok for the starter.
Then, Young And Dangerous stepped in. Quite contreversial this band. Heard, some section of community were boycotting the band for no proper reason (the one being, they have upscaled into mainstream/popularity progress) but all this ethical thingies is bullshit nonetheless. I thought with the advance of technologies & musics-sharings, people are getting their mind open & accept the differences but still we got some stalinist head in our block. They shortlived creativity and historically speaking, if not for Rancid, Offspring, Bad Religion & Green Day pushing the boundary back in 1992 and making a strategic devil pact with corporate sucker, punk rock maybe a mere pussy joke. Somebody needs to break new ground and willing to be sacrificed like jesus for common vision's sake.

YAD played some kind of new wave wit lots pop & 77' punk. Reminds me a lot to sex Pistols and Ramones. short, loud & uncompromising. One of their song's riff is total rip from The Damned's 'New Rose'. They were quite exciting band to watch I'd rather called em' a shuffle/trip-hop version of Punk. My suggestion is the band to go Electro. Just added an element of keyboard/synth I can see no electro-punk band around here in malaysiau so YAD might be a perfect candidate to blow off some of local KL-based such as Ganjaguru, bass agent bla bla. Try a female vocalist instead of typical male and im sure YAD will found its niche. All songs being under 3mins, i saw passion in the band so wish em' great luck!

Half Asleep came up next. A very promising 4-pieceband. They remind me lots Cali-punk style . The cute vocalist managed to pull audience's attratction. A tight musicianship with The best moment when they covered Hi-Standard's "My First Kiss". How it managed to put a smile! They're very entertaining punk rock act to book your date with so hope they can and give a run to bloody Bonkface's money...

Next, Sally Faerie! Playing 4 songs including the new one Sue seemed little nervous but carried on the humidity of playing dreamy pop songs to non-dreamy punk rocker audiences.huhu. Because we played more indyi than punk rock, I thought i was playing in front of statue rather than crowds. We're little cracky on last song which is never been played before.

After that, a ska band Freaky Tricky Zone performed. Nuthin interestin about the band really, so just let it passe.
Rosemary, another Bandung-band slotted to perform, couldn't make it apparently being the vocalist sent to hospital for overdose! So, another Bandung-band, Nudist Island had to make good of the vacant. Nudist had opened for way back in Jakarta . Playing typical pop-punk, the veterans didnt have much to offer except some feel-goof pop-punk jingles.
I saw no interesting feature about the band really but all hell's broke loose when they covered Ramones' for 2nd time on that day alone! Not my cup of stout, but just ok for mindless jumpin' jumpin'.
Just after maghrib, Blanket Party came onstage. This is weird band, fuck they should end up featuring in the next American pie OST or whutever. The vocalist is supercrazy coool he didnt care much about the crowd he just let his middle finger flying intercepted with evil clown's antics u may only getting in lost GG Allin's videos!
Dont know much about their songs, but all stuff wrapped in super humour. I was getting my ass laughing off all the way their set. Hoped to watch more 'f 'em soon.

Fly Time , a Singapore punk band ended the show with energetic set to boot. Featuring an australian vocalist..but i suspected he's singing off-key a lot . LOL. However, this band kicked ass. They came onstage looked so sophisticated. Damned singaporean punks, they have advanced taste to boot.
Without doubt, i voted Half Asleep as the best band that day..really look forward to see this band more in action and another live punk rock set.
It's a decent entertaining show and everyone enjoyed themselves. We Sally Faerie and guys from YAD hanged out together afterwards and because Embrace is so dear with all of dem hearts, way cheers to that little punk rock cottage!

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