These noise merchants from Yogyakarta are not just an alternative to
what is happening in central Java but all of Indonesia. The two
founders of the six-man group -- Jimmy and Sony (both art school
graduates) -- looked to Sonic Youth for inspiration as they
experimented with sounds and an
amorphous structure to their music. The
result is a semi-psychedelic ride through the East Village via
Malioboro street with an array of found sounds trailing them along the
way. Citing Can, Faust, Soft Machine and Pink Floyd as other prominent
influences, the band calls its sound Asian noise rock but any category
would fail to sum up the head space they inhabit.
Now, especially for iTunes, the band's collection of music since
forming in 1999 has been divided into two special albums. "Era Analog"
zips back and forth between 70s era Krautrock and the gothic majesty of
Tones on Tail in the 1990s. The beat picks up on "Era Digital" as the
band programs a dance groove and chainsaw guitars to tear through 30
minutes of electronic mayhem. Whether you're analog or digital in
nature, this band will move you into a new era of space and time.
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