Indie rock fans across Malaysia can enjoy local sounds in NegaRAKU Tour 2.0
By Jude Toyat
It was a spectacular evening for hundreds of indie music fans who flocked to ChinaHouse in the Old Court House recently to join in the merriment of the NegaRAKU Tour 2.0.
Organised by Astro Radio Sdn Bhd’s online music streaming platform Raku, the tour aimed at creating awareness of local bands by taking them on a designated tour across the country in conjunction with National Day.
Sarawak had the privilege to be part of the second edition of this amazing six-week tour which started in Pahang this year, featuring a showcase of exciting line-up of popular local artists and indie bands namely Monoloque, Plague of Happiness, Tres Empre, Aru & The Republic, Massacre Conspiracy, and Artefacts.
Award winning indie band Monoloque kickstarted the event at 2pm, performing their hits ‘Metropolitan’, ‘Tiada Kata Secantik Bahasa’, ‘Ringgit’, ‘Uda & Dara’, ‘Jika Aku Seorang Robot’, ‘Badang Kotaraya’ and ‘Halimunan Abad Ke-21′ to thunderous applause from the audience that cheered and sang along.
Kuala Lumpur’s metalcore band Massacre Conspiracy with handsome vocalist Ash heated up the stage by performing their songs ‘Karma (Will Find You)’, ‘Confined Walls’, ‘Risen From The Grave’, and ‘Bloodless’.
After that, progressive metal band also from Kuala Lumpur, Artefacts appeared performed six of their popular songs, ‘Exordium’, ‘Wretch’, ‘Sanctuary’, ‘Unveiled’, ‘Forlorn Script’ and ‘Victorious’.
Five-piece post hardcore band Tres Empre made the fans scream with excitement with their songs ‘Seventh’, ‘Comfort Arms’, ‘Sleeping Tiger’, and ‘Antagonist’.
Things got heated up as Aru & the Republic came on stage later, entertaining the crowd with their popular numbers ‘Orang Planet’, ‘Matahari’, ‘Uptown’, ‘Legalize’, ‘Ku Tak Bisa’ and ‘Emansipasi’.
Skateboarders and third wave ska band Plague of Happiness brought the house down with vocalist and teen heart-throb Nas performing their heart-thumping songs ‘Antidote’, ‘Matahari’, ‘Resah Awan’, ‘War’, ‘Sorrow’, ‘Malam’, ‘Konspirasi’, and ‘Viva La Punk’.
Serian’s ska band Drasska and street punk rock band the United Kids of Oi! from Kuching were also present at the showcase which ended at 7pm.
The NegaRAKU Tour 2.0, organised by Raku is also a collaborative effort between Era FM, Hitz FM, Wonda Kopi Tarik and iSooka. Throughout the tour, fans also got the opportunities to purchase limited edition collection of NegaRAKU Tour items which they can also get it from www.isooka.com.
NegaRAKU Tour 2.0 will continue on to Sabah (Sept 10), Kuala Lumpur (Sept 17) and will end in Johor on Sept 24.
Apart from NegaRAKU Tour, Raku has also been aggressively promoting and uplifting the local independent music scenes by organising various events including Raku Fest that was held for the first time at The Square, Publika on May 7 this year. The Raku Fest will continue next year with Sarawak being one of their preferred destinations.
To stay updated with current affairs and activities by Raku, visit raku.my. The app can also be downloaded via Apple App Store and Google Play Store.