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woktherock on 12/13/2012 at 08:30AM

Zoo (Indonesia) Releases Long-Awaited Album "Prasasti"

Zoo "Prasasti" Boxset CD

ZOO is one of experimental rock retainers from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In their earlier years, Zoo was playing noisy, fast, mathematical pattern a la Boredom, Melt Banana or Hella that can be found on their mini album "Kebun Binatang". In their first full album Trilogi Peradaban", Zoo began to combine textures of western experimental rock and the concept of Indonesian tribal music. This debut was released in limited number (100 copies) of Boxset consists of three CDs with a packaging made out of wood. This second album was also released to be downloaded for free in digital format by Yes No Wave Music and distributed on CD by Australian label Tenzemen and DualPlover.

After almost three year break, towards the end of 2012, Zoo comes back with a second full album called "Prasasti". This album contains 11 composed songs and 11 improvised songs. Here, Zoo ripens the concept that they started in "Trilogi Peradaban". The lyrics are using various traditional languages in Indonesia; Aceh, Bugis, Palembang, Dayak, Lombok, Kawi, Sulawesi Tengah, Banjar, and Minang. Not only that, Rully the vocalist/songwriter creates an alphabetical script called Zugrafi.

The packaging of "Prasasti" is made out of 1.7 kg granite, with the band name and album title carved on a stainless steel plate. Inside the packaging is also a sheet of recycled paper containing screen-printed lyrics and song credits. This packaging is only available for 200 copies, hand-numbered on the sleeve. The digital format was released for free download by Yes No Wave Music.

Zoo - "Manusia Baru" (06:10)
Zoo - "Manusia Baru" (06:10)
Zoo - "Plaba Umak" (01:30)
Zoo - "Plaba Umak" (01:30)
Zoo - "Pemuja Hari" (03:01)
Zoo - "Pemuja Hari" (03:01)
Zoo - "Tanah Ibu" (03:52)
Zoo - "Tanah Ibu" (03:52)
Zoo - "Suplemen 1" (00:53)
Zoo - "Suplemen 1" (00:53)
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woktherock on 10/06/2010 at 10:45AM

New Young Tribe of Indonesia

Indonesia as an archipaelago country has a lots of traditional musics ranging from the wild-hard tempo, rhythmic-yet-trance to slowest-ambience tone of sound. There are some contemporary musicians who develop this music to the new form, a fusion. But usually they're come from people who has traditional art background or music academy education. But it's very rare for young people who grew up listening to popular music like pop, rock, or electronic to get into traditional music. It looks so old-fashion and not cool. So, it's very surprising if they play this un-trendy music and yet infuse it with the anger of punk attitude.

Rully Shabara is a frontman and vocalist of Zoo, a math-rock/experimental band based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In Zoo's latest trilogy album he develop the music direction with traditional music approach by using javanesse language and traditional instrument but still in the vein of punk music. Meanwhile, Wukir Suryadi devoted his life into traditional music even in his teen he also listening to rock and heavy metal (musical genre that very popular in Indonesia back in the '80s). He is best known when he create his own instrument named Bambuwukir by himself. This self-made instrument constructed from bamboo, reminds of the Sasando from Rote, an island part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of the Lesser Sunda Islands. A couple of distinct differences though between Wukir and Sasando music. Firstly, besides plucking the strings on the circular harp, he also bows the strings.

They were met when Wukir played at Yes No Klub gig -a monthly event organized by Yes No Wave Music and Performance Klub in Yogyakarta. Both were found the same interest and strong chemistry, then they start to rehearse a few times and think forward to record their works. The result is a 6 piece of powerful contemporary tribal songs entitled Senyawa and released it for free download at Yes No Wave Music, a netlabel from Indonesia. Different from Zoo, this collaboration more into traditional music feel. Since then, Wukir now join in Zoo and the band begin to write the new album for next year. It will bring the traditional music to young popular music scene in Indonesia and so the rest of the world. Enjoy.

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woktherock on 08/19/2010 at 08:38PM

YES NO KLUB: A Monthly Experimental Et Cetera Show in Yogyakarta

Liwoth at Yes No Klub

Yes No Wave Music and Performance Klub joining to organize a monthly gig in Yogyakarta, Indonesia entitled Yes No Klub. The show is located in a small basement space of Jogja National Museum. Yes No Klub is an extention of the work undertaken by Wok the Rock of Yes No Wave Music and Timothy O' Donoghue of Performance Klub. Previously the duo have organised numerous events under the title Invading Birate (first initiated by Yes No Wave Music). Such events have seen the likes of Justice Yeldman (AUS), Joel Stern (AUS) and Sally Fielding (AUS) play Yogyakarta.

It's a curated monthly series of events. Events concentrate on cultural and musical exchange between visiting and local artists. Events range from experimental/sound orientated performances through to more conventional band and electronic performances. Yes No Klub focuses on presenting new and unheard sounds and combinations to the people of Yogyakarta and aims to link artists from Indonesia to an international network of experiemental/other musicians and sound producers.

If you're around south-east asia or willing to hava a show, please don't be hesitate to contact by e-mail: yesnoklub at gmail dot com.
Visit the website at http://yesnoklub.yesnowave.com

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