BANANACH: VIRGIN FUCKBOI

Not exactly sexy, it’s not funny and they’re not going to be rolling around in mud like the Slits; but it’s the closest thing to art that "post-punk"… has offered in a while.
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I’ve been following this band from Bandung, Bananach, quite religiously since about a week ago. Angsty, raw, fuelled with feminist punk spirit. It brings 90s Riot Grrrl gloriously back to life—and particularly Indonesia, this patriarchy country, truly needs a Girl Power movement like this.

The singer, her voice, reminds me more of Karen O than Siouxsie Sioux. Backed up with jagged and angularity of furious, volatile, fuzz-driven noise rock/post punk.

I think what The Observer has said of the British post punk Savages (Bananach sometimes cover Savages’ “City’s Full” at their concerts) can kinda apply to Bananach as well: “Not exactly sexy, it’s not funny and they’re not going to be rolling around in mud like the Slits; but it’s the closest thing to art that ‘post-punk’… has offered in a while.”

The music video here via 9420 Records, Bananach perform “Virgin Fuckboi” at Tee’s Shop vol. 4, located at Berak Store, Bandung, October 2019.

Cool schmool! Revolution girl style now, Bananach!

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Featured image via The Display.

Read also SOFTEXCORE & RIOT GRRRL.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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