kickfest // day 2

Going to KickFest somehow gave me a flash of nice memories; Gedung Sate, leafless trees in the sunny Sunday afternoon, and my first time watching Elemental Gaze’s performance.

It was 4 years ago, and this year it was in a different city, with a whole different set of performers.

Unless you went on Sunday, where Pure Saturday performed to close the festival.

My Saturday afternoon nicely started with a warm meeting with Bystanderians boys: Bo, Mas Tirta, Yearry, and the Mac-boy Japir. We then walked together to the venue, a rather long evening stroll which was a good excercise for us after making our tummies full with Japanese food we had had earlier.

When we finally arrived at the venue, Bottlesmoker was in the middle of their performance. They used various musical instruments from analog synths to glockenspiel to create a nice poppy electronic tune. I forgot whether I had seen them live before, but if I had, then they must have had developed really well.

The next performance was Vincent Vega, and since neither of us were into loud indie music filled with heavy guitars and shouting vocals, we decided to have a bit of a stroll and look to some booths.

We then sat near the food stalls as Japir wanted to have dinner and Bo had a post-dinner meal.

After Vincent Vega, we went back to the stage area, to see the new indie ‘sensation’ (excuse my superfluousity) Morfem. The band was fronted by Jimi of The Upstairs, which pretty much explained the strong teenage fanbase who sang along that evening.

Pandu from The Porno was in guitar, and he seemed to change a lot since 3 years ago. Freddy’s drumming was still as awesome as when he was in Dikeroyok Wanita or The Grasmeres.

Anyway, my friends and I agreed that we were rather disappointed by Morfem. They were not that bad, but I think they were really overexposed and that led to our high expectation on the band.

Jimi’s style was like Mick Jagger (Yearry thought he moved like Scott Weiland), and apart from the really good individual musical skills from the band members, they really should not sing. Just let the singing part to Jimi.

Their music seemed to want to mix the various musical influences of the players, which was pretty ok in the sense of originality.I noticed that they sang their single “Pilih Sidang Atau Berdamai” and their first song “Gadis Suku Pedalaman”. The titles were really Jimi, don’t you think?

And the Saturday KickFest was closed with Sarasvati. The former Homogenic vocalist is now fully supported by a set of top musicians, including familiar names like Dimas Ario of Ballads of the Cliche and Bottlesmoker’s Angkuy.

Her debut album, A Story of Peter, tells a story of her childhood imaginary friend who turned out to be a Caucasian ghost.

The music was somehow impressive, a mix of eerie pop tunes, a bit of electronic pop, and traditional Sundanese music. One of the keyboardists even came to sing in traditional Sundanese music (sinden).

However, the whole ghostly concept was rather superfluous to me. Sometimes it felt like watching early noughties’s local horror shows (like “kismis” and “uka-uka”), which could be very cheesy.

I think if they remove their over-ghostly performance, they can be the next big thing, in international sense.


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