KAKISERIBU hail from Penang island, and feature WEOT SKAM‘s guitarist Edd Lewis on guitar and vocals. This means that I am very familiar with these guys, and I bump into them all the time. I was given a copy of their debut demo tape ‘Manusial’, co-produced by Green Peace Disto, Fvkof distro and Disco346 and released in October 2015. And I don’t see why I shouldn’t give it an honest review, regardless of the fact I hang out with these guys quite often.
KAKISERIBU pack four angry and raw tunes in less than 10 minutes of unrelenting d-beat crust which they self-describe as a ‘buzz saw doom/sludge downbeat, and classic annihilating galloping D-beat attack’. Indeed, quite an interesting combination. The cover artwork, a crude drawing of a Space Amoeba-alike monster coming to prey on a bunch of anarcho-punks, is lovely. It’s my favourite kind of doomsday.
The first song, ‘Manusial’ is a good example of KAKISERIBU‘s staple sound: it opens with an EYEHATEGOD-ish wall of white noise that turns into a doomish intro played with anguish… before they accelerate and swoop into classic d-beat. I am not too good in making comparisons with other bands as I’m no great expert I admit, but this sounds quite stereotypical d-beat’s tu-pa-tu-tu-pa to me.
What I like a lot comes back on track 2, ‘Tali Gantung’. I love the way it starts off as a deranged slow riff that could have been performed by an amped up version of FACEDOWNINSHIT – if they played very much faster. However, midway through the song, the d-beat attack comes back, relentless and very classic. Was it really necessary to end the song like this, boys? Continue reading KAKISERIBU ‘Manusial’ Demotape REVIEW
I’m stoked to announce that Joe Kidd, guitarist of Malaysia’s seminal punk band CARBURETOR DUNG, will be co-hosting a NUSANTARA Forum with me in Penang on 16 January! The event has been organised by Gerak Budaya Penang and Penang Institute, and hosted by Gareth Richards… thanks folks!
We will discuss my experience in the Malaysian scene and the struggle of doing underground in shackled Southeast Asian societies… be there or be square!!
Here is Joe’s bionote: “Joe Kidd is a writer, designer, musician, youth subculture researcher and music archivist. He plays guitar in one of the oldest Malaysian punk bands CARBURETOR DUNG (aka DUNG) and has been actively involved in the regional DIY hardcore-punk scene since its nascent beginnings in the late 70s. As an Asian Public Intellectual Fellow, Joe recently completed his research and academic paper on the History of Southeast Asian Punk. He is currently writing a book on the subject while setting up a comprehensive Southeast Asian youth subculture archive.” Check out Joe’s Ricecooker website here.
And I’ll leave you with some CARBURETOR DUNG, of course!
I recently discovered that, besides BANANA PUNK RAWK TRAILS, others are producing interesting work on Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean hardcore punk. The Other Option is a recent documentary on Australian punk and hardcore bands and their touring routes to Southeast Asia. Check the official trailer here:
Intrigued by it, and especially because I lived in Australia in 2009, I immediately contacted director Rohan Thomas to ask him why he decided to get involved in such a project. I also wanted to know if it’s true that, as I thought, Southeast Asia has become a crucial territory for the promotion and touring of Australian hardcore punk bands.
The following is an interview I conducted with Rohan by email in December 2015.
What moved you to investigate this particular topic?
I used to run a punk rock podcast before working on this film. For my third show I interviewed a band from the Gold Coast called Not OK who had just toured South East Asia. Two things jumped immediately out at me. First, there was a punk scene in South East Asia – and I wondered, what it was like?
Second, I just saw Not OK play a local show in front of about 10 people. How did they go from this to playing a 12 date overseas tour in Asia to packed rooms and festivals? Once I started investigating these two questions, I thought that the history of Australia and Southeast Asian punk rock touring was interesting enough to try and document it. Continue reading The Other Option Documentary: Australian Bands in Southeast Asia