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LIMA GRUP MUSIK PALING MONCER DI BALI HARI INI

Pagebluk membawa sengsara, memang. Namun, jika mau melihat dari perspektif positif, adalah juga semacam ujian ketahanan. Skena musik Bali, di awal pagebluk menerjang, terhuyung dan terjengkang. Wajar saja, serbuan blitzkrieg Covid-19 merupakan hal baru, tak terduga, tiada terbayangkan bakal datang. Jagat dendang sekarat sebentar. Setelah sekitar tiga-empat bulanan, perlahan beringsut bangkit lagi.

Salah satu faktor mendasar ketahanan nan kokoh ini karena eksistensi grup-grup musik yang selain bermutu baik pula pantang menyerah. Berkolaborasi dengan para pemikir dan penggerak skena, kegiatan bermusik terus didorong agar tetap berjalan. Nyaris nihil yang memikirkan bakal mendapatkan ganjaran uang. Relatif semua rela tampil gratisan. Yang penting belantika senandung bergulir saja dulu. Ternyata mujarab. Kegigihan tersebut berujung ijo royo-royo. Kancah musik bergulir dinamis kembali. Konser-konser terselenggara di sana-sini lagi. Rutin tiap akhir pekan. Dan hampir selalu dibayar kala manggung.

Berikut adalah deretan band tersebut. Selain tangguh-tawakal, genre puspawarna, mereka juga mencengangkan secara musikal.

MANJA
Trio sakti mandraguna yang terdiri dari Mark, Nick, dan James (Ma-N-Ja) bisa dibilang sebagai salah satu paling moncer di skena musik muda Pulau Dewata. Memainkan art pop, indie rock, dan langgam cadas atmosferik, pengalaman manggungnya pun sudah menjelajah banyak wilayah di Asia Tenggara, bahkan sebelum mereka meluncurkan single perdananya. Belum lama ini mereka meluncurkan single keduanya: “Rise”.

Foto: Tribun Bali.

SOULFOOD
Jika ditanyai, di Bali, kolektif muda mana yang tercihuy menggeber (modern) R&B, garansi, sebagian besar bakal menjawab Soulfood. Betul, hampir selalu, kemana pun Lyta Lautner dan Rekan unjuk aksi, kaum kerabat bakal membanjiri. Tadi malam saja, contohnya, saya mengejar mereka main di Seminyak haha.

SOUL & KITH
Nah, kalau doyannya komposisi folk introspektif, sendu, mencekam macam Southern Gothic, langsung saja akrabi Soul & Kith. Kolaborasi Aik dan Ardy ini sedang banyak ditanggap penyelenggara acara. Gaya khas melankolia masygul-syahdu duo ini digandrungi khalayak muda, bukan cuma lokal, tapi juga internasional.

TRUEDY DUALITY
Adalah ganda campuran Truedy dan Kiki, dua sosok yang tergolong veteran di skena Bali, yang membidani kelahiran proyek gres ini. Bayangkan Tori Amos bersulang negroni dengan Amanda Palmer lalu Karen O ikut mencicipi sedikit. Baroque pop tenang mendebarkan melaju menuju art punk yang jalang ditimpali kerohanian Dresden Dolls nan estetik. You dig it?

MODJORIDO
Bicara down and dirty rock ‘n’ roll yang rancak, kuartet inilah yang pantas dianugerahi puja-puji berlebih. Mutu musikal hebat, lagu-lagu ciptaannya enak di kuping, aksi panggung pun keren, belum lagi ditambah tabiat yang ramah, tak aneh bila di Pulau Dewata pamornya kini sedang amat melesat. Barangkali Rico Mahesi dan Rekan, merekalah yang sekarang paling populer di belantika musik Kuta-Seminyak-Canggu.

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Artikel yang saya tulis ini pertama kali tayang di Supermusic ID.

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF RICHEY EDWARDS

On this date in 1995, Richey Edwards of Manic Street Preachers vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel in London, England, at 7am, leaving behind his packed suitcase. Edwards & James Dean Bradfield (lead singer and lead guitarist of Manics) were due to fly to the United States on a promotional tour. His car was found on the Severn Bridge—a notorious suicide spot—outside Bristol, 16 days later.

Born in Monmouthshire, Wales, Richard James Edwards was the lyricist, rhythm guitarist, clothes designer of Manics. He was known for his dark, politicised and intellectual songwriting which, combined with enigmatic and eloquent character, has assured him cult status, as well as having been cited by some as a leading lyricist of his generation, leading a movement now known as Cool Cymru.

Edwards was initially a driver and roadie for Manics, but he soon became accepted as the band’s main spokesman & fourth member. Edwards showed little musical talent—his real contribution to the band was in their lyrics and design.

As well as an interest in music, Edwards displayed a love for literature. He chose many of the quotes that appear on Manics record sleeves and would often refer to writers and poets during interviews. This interest in literature has remained integral to the band’s music and lyrics. Albert Camus, Philip Larkin, Yukio Mishima, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Arthur Rimbaud are known to have been among his favourite authors. Edwards’ lyrics have often been a highly poetic nature and at times they reflected his knowledge of political history.

Edwards suffered severe bouts of depression in his adult life. He also self-harmed, mainly through stubbing cigarettes on his body, and cutting himself.

There are many theories relating to Edwards, with many sightings placing him in Goa, India, & on the islands of Fuerteventura & Lanzaronte, Spain. However, none of these has proved conclusive & none has been confirmed by investigators.

Richey Edwards was declared dead in absentia on 23 November 2008. Stay beautiful, Richey!

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Text & photos: Wikipedia, NME.
Video: “Stay Beautiful” written by Edwards and included in Manics’ debut album, released in 1991, Generation Terrorists.

• Read also MANIC STREET PREACHERS: SLASH ‘N’ BURN.

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SUICIDAL SINATRA: PSYCHO LOCO


So glad that this Indonesia’s psychobilly pioneer, Suicidal Sinatra, still alive and well. They just released a tight af, high-energy tune, the soundtrack for Kustomfest called “Psycho Loco”. You can watch their kruzinforabruzin-themed video on YouTube already.

Between me and Suicidal Sinatra, well, we have quite a long history.


Pertama kali saya bersinggungan dengan Suicidal Sinatra pada, jika tidak salah, tahun 2004. Kala itu mereka masih memakai identitas S.O.S. (Soul of Speed). Kabarnya nama itu dipilih karena tadinya mereka kerap memainkan musik speed metal serta rajin menyanyikan ulang lagu-lagu milik Helloween. Namun seiring waktu rupanya terjadi pergeseran selera.

Berikutnya manajer S.O.S. menghubungi saya seraya berkisah bahwa, selain The Hydrant, grup musik yang dia tangani juga memainkan musik serumpun. Kalau yang satu mengarah pada Stray Cats dan Presley, yang ini lebih ke punkabilly macam The Living End.

Lalu saya undang S.O.S. untuk unjuk aksi di Twice Bar di Poppies II. Pendek cerita, malam itu, saya terpesona dengan penampilan mereka di Twice dan saya membuka diri untuk bekerjasama.

Nama S.O.S. saya usulkan untuk diganti karena nama tersebut bagi saya terlalu generik serta kurang sensasional. Saya ajukan nama baru: Suicidal Sinatra. Pun nama tiap personel dibubuhkan Sinatra di belakangnya: Opix Sinatra, Leo Sinatra, dan seterusnya. Seperti Joey Ramone serta klan Ramone lainnya.

Bicara genre pun saya dorong mereka agar juga mulai mengakrabi para pengibar bendera psychobilly seperti Tiger Army, Mad Sin, Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, dll.

Suicidal Sinatra sendiri secara liberal bisa dimaknai sebagai Frank Sinatra yang klimis, dandan, flamboyan, tapi versi badass & agak gilak/psycho, jalanan, masih kental sisi punk rocknya.


Album bertajuk Boogie Woogie Psychobilly (saya membantu menulis sebagian besar lirik) pula menjadi semacam penanda jaman bahwa mereka telah bertransformasi sepenuhnya menjadi band psychobilly—band psychobilly Indonesia paling pertama!—& merilis album psychobilly paling perdana di Nusantara. And the rest is history.

Shakin’, wreckin’ an’ rollin’!

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HAPPY 56, TORI AMOS!

Singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, and eight-time Grammy Award nominee Tori Amos turned 56 today.

Amos, known for piano-driven songs written on themes of feminism, family, sexuality, politics, and religion; is among the most influential solo artists of her generation.

From her 1992 breakthrough album Little Earthquakes to 2017’s Native Invader, Amos has maintained a distinctly personal voice and achieved recording industry success, with seven of her 15 commercial albums debuting in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. She has performed more than 1,000 shows since her first world tour in 1992 and, in 2003, was voted fifth best touring act by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine. Between 2011 and 2013, Amos spent a sabbatical in the classical world working with the German musicologist Alexander Buhr on her 2011 album Night of the Hunters, which pays tribute to composers such as Bach, Chopin, and Debussy, and features the string quartet Apollon Musagete. Her stage musical The Light Princess premiered at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2013.

A longtime advocate for victims of sexual assault, Amos was the first spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, or RAINN, a crisis hotline for sexual assault victims. Her semi-autobiographical 1991 song “Me and a Gun” has become something of an anthem for the #MeToo movement. Amos continues her involvement with RAINN as a member of their National Leadership Council.

Happy birthday Mary Ellen Amos!

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