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Presenting the first instalment to our Cross Border Showcase happening this May. It will be the first episode of our series that sets to go across South East Asia. The idea here is to gather talents from all over South East Asia under one roof one day at a time, to help bridge the musical gap between neighbors. I mean, aren’t you even a little curious as to what your neighbors are listening to? Well here’s your chance.

We kick off on the 9th of May in Georgetown, where the old Hin Bus Depot lends its space for the four distinctive bands we have lined up for you. From what used to be an old bus depot a decade ago has now been transformed into an open visual art space where artist from all across the spectrum can showcase their work and gain better exposure from the many that visit the area. Located just ten minutes away from KOMTAR smack center in the city, it’ll soon become one of the many main attractions when visiting Penang. Well if you’re nowhere near Penang,  we’ll be bringing things down to Kuala Lumpur the very next day at Black Box, MAP, in Publika.

Being a showcase, each band will be playing their full sets, which usually means around 30 – 45 minutes each. So plenty of good music to go around. Music at both venues starts at 8pm and is expected to end late. Have dinner and be punctual, you’re gonna need the energy and not want to miss anything.

Here’s alittle breakdown of the bands that’ll be performing at the venues.

DIRGAHAYU
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This 3-piece instrumental rock band from Malaysia will be the first to kick off both nights with their progressive riffs and fluctuating rhythms, its only logical to have them set the tone for the rest of the evening.

TWO MILLION THANKS
Two Million Thanks

This new up and coming group hailing from Thailand is rather new mix of people coming from various other bands. They finally have found their own feet and have been performing at various events all over Thailand. This experimental minimal math band is unquestionably something you have to experience live.

MONOLOQUE (Penang only)
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Founded by some of the original members of butterfingers, Loque (lead singer) started this off as an exploration of computer-generated electronica but lo and behold this experiment have since taken off. Carrying their own unique sound & style, they‘re surely on to making even more impressive material in the near future.

PANDAI BESI
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Formally known as Efek Rumah Kaca, they were already making headlines all over Indonesia and are now rebranded with the addition of a few more members who’ve set to help build on their sound. Their music is definitely arena worthy and it’s only a matter of time before they get there.

PITAHATI (KL only)
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Is a modern take on the rough 70s rock music scene with strong polished lyrics to accompany their sound. Their early year album release is something you should get your hands on and is another band worth watching live.

Now let that all sink in and imagine hearing them live one after another. Yes. Yes you should. For more info on the bands and their music, head over to our YouTube channel for live sessions and interviews. Do check our website from time to time as we’ll be uploading new content from these bands.

Dahulu-Kala: Dari Dulu, Berterusan Both dates will feature an exhibition, that highlights the Malaysian music scene’s history, with contributions by Joe Kidd (of Carburetor Dung), Daryl Goh (music journalist and member of Twilight Action Girl), Mak Wai Hoo (of Soundscape Records), and Paul Augustine (of Penang  Island Jazz Festival).

9th May 2014, 8PM
Entrance: RM30 (Available at the door)
Venue: The Hin Bus Depot, Georgetown, Penang
Dirgahayu
Two Million Thanks (TH)
Pandai Besi (ID)
MonoloQue

The Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, George Town, Penang

10th May 2014, 8PM
Entrance: RM30 (Available at the door)
Venue: Blackbox, MAP, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Dirgahayu
Two Million Thanks (TH)
Pitahati
Pandai Besi (ID)

Publika, Level G2-01 Block A5 (Jalan Dutamas 1), 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur

by Mark Joshua

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