TALK about a quirk in the tour schedule. Heavyweight outfits Soulfly and Sepultura playing within less than two weeks of each other in Kuala Lumpur is as surreal as it gets. You wait for years to rock out and then both these acts arrive in town on different headbanging missions. Separate career directions and separate legacies too.
Soulfly, with Max Cavalera at the helm, will headline the Rockaway Fest on Oct 20 while Cavalera’s former band Sepultura arrives in town to play the Chin Woo Stadium on Nov 2.
As for advance warning, Singaporean experimental act The Observatory is also set for a show at the Black Box, MAP, Publika on Oct 6. If you want heavy, this act will definitely blow you away, especially with its doom metal leanings and pagan folk persuasions.
The Stage, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur
Date: Tonight, 8pm, RM70
Featured act: Here is the hottest gig in town this weekend. This shape-shifting British group, formed in 2004, is set for a full-scale gig at The Stage tonight. You want a Saturday night indie treat, you got it! This Mystery Jets show is also part of Brit fashion brand Ben Sherman’s launch celebrations here. Signed to the Rough Trade label, the band has its fourth album Radlands to take to the masses. Less shiny indie pop, more star-spangled rock is what you can expect. Recent singles like the mid-tempo Someone Purer and the jangle-laden Greatest Hits should get you ready for a different side of Mystery Jets. It’s a long way from its debut Making Dens in 2006, but you can still shout out for a side of You Can’t Fool Me Dennis in the setlist. Tickets are available at Ben Sherman flagship stores in both Pavilion and Bangsar Village II. Online tickets at (redtix.airasia.com). The show is organised by Livescape Asia.
Publika First Anniversary: Jazz Fest
The Square, Solaris Dutamas, KL
Date: Tonight, 8pm, free admission
Featured acts: Crowd-pleasers Elvira Arul & the Acoustic Souls (8pm), jazz-lite singer-songwriter Liyana Fizi (9pm) and violinist Dennis Lau and The Red Ensemble featuring Koujee Beatbox (10pm). It’s hardly ‘jazz’ in a traditional sense but like all urban development centres striving to be hip with the music community, you will find decent vanilla-flavoured entertainment on the cards. The media release expounds on “soothing tunes of jazz music.” Hopefully, somebody on stage tonight will crank up the party.
Guba and Halfway Kings
No Black Tie, 17 Jalan Mesui,
off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur
Date: Sept 17, 9.30pm, RM30
Featured acts: More Laguna Records’ acts on the live front. This boutique showcase will highlight newcomer Sabah-born singer-songwriter Guba (aka Gabriel Robert) with his debut album, Hilang, while Laguna’s latest signing Halfway Kings is another act not to be missed. With his pop folk leanings, Guba has become an obvious mainstream candidate. You’re So Fine, his duet with Yuna, is already a radio hit while his solo turns like You & Me, Aku Pergi and Did We have firmly put this bloke high up on the melancholy sweepstakes. The Halfway Kings is an intimate live proposition – with the occasional volume rush. The duo of Joachim and Adeline will straddle a blues-soaked set built from taut melodies, sharp lyrics and folkloric guitars.
Bookings: 03-2142 3737 (call after 5pm).
The Wednesday Open Stage
Frontera Sol of Mexico
Jaya One, Petaling Jaya
Date: Sept 19, 8pm, free admission
Featured acts: Bored in the midweek? Here is an open mic night to show off those Devendra Banhart, James Blake or Flying Lotus aspirations. Freak folk, rock, blues, lo-fi punk and everything else in between. Hosted by singer-songwriter Shaneil Devaser, registrations begin at 8pm every Wednesday, and showtime is 9pm. Sign up on the clipboard — eight acts per night. Bookings: 017-311 5851 (Shaneil).
Coma: Black Moon EP launch
Findars,25-2,Jalan Metro Wangsa, Desa Setapak, KL
Date: Sept 22, 8pm, RM15
Featured acts: The Findars’ art space is definitely suited for Penang-based experimental act Coma to stretch out its epic sonic excursions. The band, which is drawn to the dark, atmospheric and edgy side of music, is set to release its debut EP at this gig. Support acts include Think!Tadpole!Think!, Like Silver and The Metaphor. A thinking man’s showcase? You bet.
The Stage, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, KL
Date: Oct 6, 8pm, promo show
Featured act: The buzz British band of the moment Spector and a free gig in Kuala Lumpur! Well, you have to make a purchase at Topman outlets to obtain tickets. The deal is this showcase, organised by Universal Music Malaysia and Topman, will see this newcomer London indie act landing in KL and melting the hearts of the young masses with its recently released debut album Enjoy It While It Lasts (a No.1 album on the UK Record Store Chart last month). With fizzy indie tunes like Chevy Thunder, Celestine, and Never Fade Away, this band isn’t half bad. Topman’s Fashion Fast Forward members will get a pair of gig tickets with every purchase of RM200 and above in a single receipt exclusively at Topman Mid Valley Megamall and Suria KLCC.
Rockaway Festival 2012
Sepang International Circuit, KL
Date: Oct 20, RM138 (pre-sale), RM178 (door)
Featured acts: This year’s Rockaway Festival headliners should get your adrenalin pumping — the heavyweight Soulfly (with Max Cavalera), punk outfit MxPx All Stars and metalcore act Unearth. The new venue is also great to give headbangers more elbow room as they head out to watch local favourites like Hujan, Love Me Butch and Massacre Conspiracy, Bunkface, I, Revival, The Padangs, Go Gerila and others. The main stage mayhem has been sorted out. But there is more! As curators, the WKND sessions host the second stage with Akta Angkasa, OJ Law, Darren Ashley, Citizens of Ice Cream and Johnny Comes Lately in the line-up. The good news is more acts will be announced on both stages. Tickets available at (www.airasiaredtix.com) and participating Rock Corner and Victoria Music outlets in the Klang Valley.
Chin Woo Stadium, Jalan Hang Jebat, KL
Date: Nov 2, 8pm, RM158 (pre-sale), RM188 (door)
Featured act: Though no longer the same extreme metal band that broke out of Belo Horizonte, Brazil in the mid-1980s, the Sepultura name still commands tremendous respect in heavy metal circles. The band’s line-up has shifted drastically through the years. But Sepultura has never forsaken its metal roots. Today, vocalist Derrick Green is the man to fire up the mosh-pit. He has done a good job at the frontlines as their new singer since 1998. The band, much to its credit, has trucked on while also keeping the old fans and winning over new ones with each album. Released last year, Kairos was Sepultura’s last album. The legendary band lands in KL to play a show filled with old school favourites and new more brutal material. Ticket details at (myticket.asia). The show is organised by Netzah Production.