TO THOSE missing 1990s alternative rock music, Aug 31 is not only the country’s independence day but also the return of once famed rock band OAG.
OAG, also known as Old Automatic Garbage or Orang Asia, will do a prelude to their 25th anniversary next year by performing for the Ipoh crowd this year.
The group, who started performing various gigs in Ipoh in the 1990s will be performing at the grounds of PORT (People of Remarkable Talents) along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah during the OAG Merdeka Carnival
During the carnival, fans will also get a chance to see various exhibits on the band and also purchase the band’s merchandise.
The main event of the carnival wukk be the band’s concert, which is scheduled to be held after 7.30pm. Before the main event, there will be four local bands who, will be performing throughout the day.
The group’s drummer Qi Razali said Ipoh was chosen as the site for the band’s reunion because Ipoh holds a special place in their hearts as their first-ever fan following was in Ipoh.
“Ipoh has lots of loyal OAG supporters because we started our career here first. For this carnival, fans can surely reminiscence our past performances and also get to know us better.
“During the carnival, they can pick up our biography at a special price. The band looks new now but one thing we can guarantee, you will see the original crew performing and what better place to do so at our second home,” he said to reporters during a press conference at PORT.
The band’s lead vocalist Muhd Radhi Razali said while the old crew slowly went their own ways in the early 2000s due to some of them taking different career paths, fans will be able to see the old timers thanks to the carnival,.
“Qi hasn’t played the drums in a while but we still have that chemistry. One thing is for sure, the fans will surely be entertained.
“We wanted to do the reunion concert before, but it failed to materialise because we had other commitments. Now, it looks set to be realised in Ipoh. We will guarantee a good performance for the fans,” said Radhi.
The band, formed in 1992, was one of the first English language alternative rock bands in Malaysia to attract attention from mainstream music listeners.
The current line-up of the band are Radhi (vocals), Mohd Azzam Che Manir (drums), Muhamad Nizam (guitar), Nazrin Zabidi (bass guitar), and Izmer Khasbullah (keyboard).
In a separate matter, PORT Manager Zamari Muhyi said they have organised a poster design competition to commemorate Merdeka and Malaysia Day.
In line with Merdeka, designers will have to incorporate the theme Dirgahayu Malaysia in their posters and try to make is as creative as possible.
“This is one way for them to express their patriotism. Perak has lots of talented artists and I’m sure this competition will bring out the best in them.
“It’s open for all Malaysians and the closing date is Sept 16, which is Malaysia Day. They have to upload their work through the @tempatanfest instagram account with the #dirgahayumalausiacomp hastag,” he said.