Kuala Lumpur gets a good dose of noise pop and psych folk live action this week.
It might be World Cup season in full flight. But for indie music enthusiasts who dig noise and off-kilter folk, there are three unmissable gigs in the Klang Valley this week to think about.
San Franciso-based Deerhoof is first on the list with its first live show in Malaysia. The quirky pop noise quartet heads to The Bee, Publika in Kuala Kumpur tomorrow night.
Formed in 1994, Deerhoof has been one of the more consistent and prolific indie noise acts from a generation past.
With a line-up that includes maniacal frontwoman/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki, guitarist John Dieterich, lead guitarist Ed Rodriguez and drummer Greg Saunier, the group has transcended the times with its reckless recombination of noise, abstraction and twisted pop.
Albums like Reveille (2002),
Apple O’ (2003), The Runners Four (2005) and Friend Opportunity (2007) have given Deerhoof a solid back catalogue. Deerhoof plays a standalone show at The Bee tomorrow as part of the venue’s Upfront gig series.
Tickets (RM58/advance sale and RM78/door) are on sale now at The Bee outlets and Rock Corner Bangsar Village 1 in Kuala Lumpur. Showtime: 8pm. More info here
Indonesian psych-folk act Risky Summerbee And The Honey Thief will hold down a gig at Pisco Bar, 29, Jalan Mesui in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night. The band, led by frontman Risky Summerbee, has blazed a trail of psychedelic rock, folk and blues in its homeland.
Prior to its recent album Pillow Talk (2014), the band released the critically acclaimed The Place I Wanna Go (2009) and Preamble EP (2011) as well as interdisciplinary works with contemporary Indonesian theatre groups and filmmakers there.
Azmyl Yunor & The Sigarretes is the support act. Cover charge: RM20. Showtime: 9pm. More info here
On Thursday night, the Transitions Asia Tour 2014, featuring Norwegian noise act MoE, and Singaporean experimental outfit The Observatory, will take on the Free Space at Kakiseni, SStwo Mall, Petaling Jaya in Selangor. Both acts sold out its double-header shows in Thailand earlier this week, and Malaysian fans can expect a high voltage gig with dark sonic undercurrents.
The Observatory, which has played the Klang Valley several times, is a familiar name. But with its new five piece line-up, featuring pioneer members Dharma Shan, Vivian Wang, Leslie Low and newcomers Yuen Chee Wai and Cheryl Ong, the band has muscled up significantly to deliver taut rhythms, the electronic avant-garde and spectral shards of deep, searing guitar noise.
Visiting Asia for the first time, Norwegian band MoE is all about viscereal, explosive performances. MoE is made up of drummer Joakim Heibo Johansen, bassist/vocalist female Guro Skumsnes Moe and guitarist Havard Skase. Showtime: 8pm. Support slot provided by local electronica maverick Flica. Tickets: RM35 (advance), RM45 (door). More info here