Domestic Groove: THE SECRET AGENTS

Favourite albums at the moment: Superbad Soundtrack vol. 38: The Return of Setan Tete (compiled by Gooodit) and Superbad Soundtrack vol. 34: Super Suranta I (compiled by David Tarigan)

Sing With Drew

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Another young talented Jakarta band: Drew.

The story started in 2007. Sashi Gandarum (vocal, guitar) was asked to be a regular performer doing acoustic cover version sets at a cafe in Kemang. Sashi then asked her old band mates Putra Praditya (guitar) and Aji Yudo (drum) to back her up. Drew, a unisex name, was also chosen due to an admiration to Drew Barrymore. Thus, a band was born.

During three years when they played in bars and lounge around Kemang, they had a chance to release an original single, “Unromantic”. From here, they became more enthusiastic to release their own original works. Then in 2009 they recruited Shanda Singgih (bass) to join the team. Finally in late October 2011 their debut album, Sing With Drew, was released. It consisted of 11 songs, the compositions are basically easy listening pop songs but more deep and meaningful, yet based on non-fictions. Two well-known guys also participated behind the scene for Drew debut album: Tommy P. Utomo as the sound engineer, and Andi Rianto as the music director. Their first single, “Radio”, has currently played heavily on national radios.

Go to MySpace and type “singwithdrew” to listen to their songs and find out more about them.

ARIAN13 by Adi Adriandi

Domestic Groove: ARIAN13

Junius Reports’ From The Threshold Of Death
A 2011 release but I just found them early this year. Mix Hum, Mogwai, Deftones and Mew together, and I think you will get Junius.

Roman Foot Soldiers: Waterfront

Label yang belakangan sedang naik daun akibat deretan artisnya yang terseleksi dengan baik, Sinjitos Records, kembali menampilkan muka relatif baru: Roman Foot Soldiers.

Domestic Groove: ENDAH N RHESA

Endah: Oh, I love the Primus album titled Antipop. I listen to it over and over again and never get bored.

Agrikulture: Terang Benderang

Paguyuban musik elektronik asal Jakarta, Agrikulture, kembali menyambangi blantika berkesenian Nusantara lewat album keduanya, Terang Benderang.

Domestic Groove: EKA ANNASH

Undun by The Roots, El Camino by The Black Keys, and a complete discography of an all-female Cali-glam rock outfit called Fanny. They’re way better than The Runaways.

Raksasa: Laskar Pelangi Indie

Jika memperhatikan sosok orang-orang yang terlibat maka spontan muncul kesimpulan: dream team, all stars, dan segala tajuk yang menggambarkan sebuah kolaborasi duh-ideal.

SID - underwater

Superman Is Dead: The Vinyl Frontier

Trio asal Bali yang gaduh diprediksi bakal menjadi grup rock terbesar di tanah air, Superman Is Dead, kembali membuat kejutan mencengangkan.

Fight Night and Fever to Tell

Here’s one brand new band people should watch: Fever To Tell. Formed in early 2010 in Jakarta the group with unique formation, four women one men, has received praise for their dynamic live performance.

Mixing Riot Grrrl 90’s rock—think Bikini Kill—and add 80’s new wave to its element, their first single “Fight Night” gained huge attention from the indie scene and music journalists. Trax FM and OZ Radio Jakarta have played it quite intensively. It’s also used as the main theme song for a short movie, Peron, which is in Belkibolang’s compilation. Not to mention one cool radio program, Substereo in OZ Radio Jakarta, named them as “The Chosen One”.

As new kids on the block, they have been invited to some prestigious live gigs in the capital city of Indonesia such as JavaRockin’Land, Terusik Traxkustik and The Music Network Festival.

Fever To Tell is now compiling material to be included in their first E.P. The band is planning to start recording in January 2012. Keep yourself updated by visiting their website

Domestic Groove: RAS MUHAMAD

DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb’s Chosen Nine is my biweekly column in The Beat (Jakarta) mag. Basically it’s an interview via e-mail which focuses on small, intimate, domestic stuff; what Indonesia’s public figures are really into.

For the 28th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Ras Muhamad.

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