GoLive Indonesia enthusiasts, Reyza Ramadhan and Rida Akzar, were in Melbourne to catch up with the S.I.G.I.T during their Australian tour 2016.
Check out the story and interview (video) below.
Bandung is considered as the city where various kinds of Indonesian music genres flourished. One of Bandung’s rock band forefront The Super Insurgent Group of Intemperance Talent (The S.I.G.I.T) is back in down following their great first Australian tour success 9 years ago. Founded in 2002 and having previously toured Australia, the S.I.G.I.T is keen to introduce its music to a wider audience at the other part of the world, not only for themselves but also other band in Indonesian indie music scene.
The quartet’s current squad remains whole; Rektivianto Yoewono on guitar and vocals; Farri Icksan Wibisana on guitar; Aditya Bagja Mulyana on bass, Donar Armando Ekana on drums, and Absar Lebeh on additional guitar. During the nine years hiatus in the Australian music scene, they have released two EP’s, wandered around local rock circuit and played their hits numerous times.
In 2013, The S.I.G.I.T released their highly anticipated second full-album, Detourn. This year, they were invited to the Cherry Rock Festival, which is a renowned annual rock festival in Melbourne. Also, with the support from a local band called Devil Electric, the S.I.G.I.T manage to extend their Cognition Tour 2016 to several other cities around Australia (Melbourne, Rye, Newcastle, Wollongong, and Sydney). The group spent at least two weeks in Australia and had also prepared merchandise to be distributed to the crowds.
Knowing that the Cognition Tour 2016 is coming down under, I immediately contacted Rekti (vocalist) for a chance to meet them during their tour in Melbourne. I was very lucky to be able to briefly meet the S.I.G.I.T just before their show on 4th May 2016. Our conversation discussed about The S.I.G.I.T’s newest album and stories behind their tour so far.
In my opinion, The S.I.G.I.T is offering a fresh and unique approach to their interpretation of rock in their Detourn album. Abundant sound exploration from various kind of instruments were presented from one song to another. The hard work and lengthy production process of ‘Detourn’ paid off. The S.I.G.I.T’s hard work led to a whole new level of sound and appreciated where ‘Detourn’ was named ‘The Best Indonesian Album of 2013’ by Rolling Stone Indonesia.
As the dusk comes, we packed all the gears to get ready for the show. As we enjoy the streets of Melbourne, we carry our 10-kgs hard cases for about 2 km to get to the venue. The S.I.G.I.T hit the stage with their awesomeness of stoner jams after Devil Electric and Gazillion Angry Mexicans opened the show. The venue quickly turned into an intimate venue with all the audience singing along. They blew the crowd away by rocking the night for a full hour.
Ten songs were played, including song from the latest album. The sound of an old hit, Black Amplifier, broke the bar followed by hysterical cheers from the crowd before the show rounded up with epic jams. I was left with ringing eras, huge grins, and rekindled love. It was good to watch them play after a long while.
The way they prepare for the concert, from setting their own equipment to selling merchandise, immediately show great showmanship and meticulous dedication to live rock music performances. Hats off for The S.I.G.I.T.
The S.I.G.I.T hopes that in there will be many more Indonesian bands performing abroad – be it solo tour or combined act. They are also of the opinion that a collaborative effort would be a good addition to Indonesian bands wanting to explore foreign markets. Also, making a community or hub that facilitates information, discussion and know-how on managing performance, concert and/or international tour can go a long way in facilitating the bands to grow. Ultimately, we wish you great success for the future ahead and thanks for sharing with us!
This article is written by Reyza Ramadhan. Photos courtesy of Reyza Ramadhan
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