Archive for September, 2014

First week in Indonesia!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

When we woke up there was still some confusion about where we were supposed to play for the night. We said fuck it and bought some coconut ice cream and went to Jungle Water Park.

Since the confusion was massive we skipped all plans and played in the same place as yesterday, Edisan Music Depok. However the word had spread and this time the venue was filled to the brim with metallovers. We moshed, we crowsurfed and had an awesome fucking time.

After a few hours of sleep we were on the road again. This time we made our impact upon Wedding Land, Bogur. That´s right, the show was set in a place specifically built to host weddings. This land is treating us with strange awesomeness upon strange awesomeness.

Next stop was Jogjakarta and Festival Bawahtanah. In order to get there we had ride the bus for almost 21 hours. It was a true pain in the ass but washed away the instant we stepped on stage and met almost 300 crazed up headbangers. Unfortunately D-Man got struck with some sort of mutated monstervirus that rendered him totally incapacitated. Our roadie/tour manager/fix-it-all-guy was able to fill in for him. Nowhere near the same quality in his vocals but at least he has dreadlocks.

After a refreshing night in a hotel that reminded us all of playing through silent hill we went to Kebumen. A small city and naturally we had small expectations. The old proverb that minds us not to judge the book by the cover seemed right again however. We mounted the stage armed to our teeth and the massive force of 1500 screaming Indonesian fans that amassed for the greatness of Gutsbull Movement Fest. Big up to Kebumen Hardcore!


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First days in Indonesia!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Indonesia has so far been nothing but fantastic. We were picked up at the airport, served food and had some beers.  The toughest part so far has been trying to get used to the climate. It´s around 30 degrees Celsius and the humidity is comparable to a waterfall.

Even though communicating is quite hard sometimes we´ve had our fair share of laughter and language lessons. Some of us have reached the level of saying hi and thank you. Some still struggle.

Loudly Loud have been awesome at taking care of us. They have welcomed us in their houses, they have served us homecooked meals and so great at taking care of us. But they are nothing compared to the audience that took us in. Together we dance, mosh, yelled obscenities and have a great effin time! All in the heat.

There is really no way to describe how warm it is down here, we did the first two shows in small venues without AC filled to the brim with metal and metallovers. Once the gig was over we were literary soaked. It was as if someone thrown us in to a swimming pool and beat the shit out of us.

Afterwards when we were trying to get our breaths back the fans flocked. Everyone wanted to take a picture, talk about the mind-blowing experience of seeing a band that play music with their bodies for the first time.

It was also really fun to see all the other bands playing, before us 29 acts had been playing. Most of them only played two songs and were quite inexperienced. But it´s great to see that there is a venue where small up-and-coming bands can get stage time. The metal scene in Indonesia is quite brutal already and I think that in a few years we will see an explosion in great bands!

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