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Best of Malaysian metal punk underground 2013

December 19, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asian Punk/Metal, Malaysia, Music, Travels Visited: No Comments →

Picture courtesy of Boo Hoo / Mr. Chooi

Year 2013 is about to finish, and If I look back I realize I have spent most of it rocking all over Malaysia, looking for THE ROCK. This year, all of  my travels have been in fact dedicated to explore the Malaysian extreme rock scene, meet its protagonists, and get an idea of what is going on music wise in the country.

I saw a lot of things, met many people, went to too many shows, and ultimately decided to behave like all those fancy-pants websites out there, and put up my own “Best of 2013″ list. This list, however, only applies to the most rocking, dedicated, different and original acts/people/places I found during the past 12 months of scouring the underbelly of Malaysian extreme underground. Of course, my kick ass band WEOT SKAM needs a mention. However, I still have a subcultural dignity, and I don’t like to include my own projects in a best of list as it totally clashes with the principles of authentic metal punk chivalry that govern my world.

For those who don’t know me personally, be informed that I am quite a fussy character to satisfy, and my bar is generally set quite high: this is especially relevant when observing a globalized, fast-developing Second World Nation (leave the Third to who truly deserves, and it’s not Malaysia), where bands tend to fatigue in the craft of their own, definite sounds and identities.

Trust me, I’m all for it: to find Asian rock-derivative music that won’t just xerox-copy something Western. This year 2013, I believe I found some pearls among a wider ocean of MaLAZYannes…

At last, I decided to compile a best-of list of the 5 most interesting things I saw in subcultural Malaysia during year 2013. After all, many websites are doing it, and I don’t see why I can’t jump on this trendy bandwagon. The added value is that you will get some worthwhile information.

Here we go. Please note that there is no order of importance, nor I wanted to make a chart. Just take this list as it is, acknowledge the truth, and support these individuals/bands/places as much as you can. (more…)

Cosa penso di Kuala Lumpur

November 21, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Italiano, Malaysia, Opinions, Travels Visited: No Comments →

Non so se la mia avversione per Kuala Lumpur si possa descrivere a parole perché è un’ emozione sottile, un foglio di lamiera infilato tra le pareti di un panino al silicone, se mi seguite. Un silicone che trasuda sia dai palazzi che dalle scollature delle ragazze cinesi e i tacchi di quelle musulmane, e si spande sopra le cosce arrossate delle turiste occidentali. Non so: finchè uno va a Chinatown e Bukit Bintang e si muove camminando o coi taxi, la città mantiene un’aria sopportabile. Ma quando ci devi più o meno vivere, e ti rendi conto che è alla fine un’autostrada triste con tante uscite su aree residenziali fatte di case che si tengon su una contro l’altra in bilico sull’unto umidiccio tropicale, bhe… la situazione cambia.

Per me è una città triste e senza anima, come Los Angeles. Con la differenza che qui, le spire del serpente di cemento si arrotolano più vacue, meno asfissianti e pericolose. Non sembra voler mordere più… forse per colpa del caldo? (more…)

Marco Ferrarese at Georgetown Literary Festival 2013

November 19, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Malaysia, My Books Visited: No Comments →

The third George Town Literary Festival 2013 is back this year with the theme The Ties That Bind and brings together the best of Malaysian writing with distinct international voices in the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town, Penang from Nov 29 – Dec 1 2013

I will be participating and presenting NAZI GORENG on Saturday November 30th from 6.45 pm to 7.30 pm at 179 Victoria Street, UPSTAIRS. Penangites and if you are in Penang, don’t miss the chance to hear about this book in the city where it’s set, and ask me directly the questions you wanted about it!!

On the same day, I will be also participating to a session on Counter Culture together with writers Shamini Flint and  Annelies Verbeke. Pretty excited about sharing the stage with these bestseller authors!

Among the other events, the highlights are definitely Malaysian icon and cartoonist Datuk Lat, or Lat, (Kampung Boy, Town Boy), award-winner Tash Aw (Five Star Billionaire, The Harmony Silk Factory), Glasgow-based Chiew-Siah Tei (Little Hut of Leaping Fishes), Shamini Flint (The Inspector Singh series), prolific playwright Huzir Sulaiman, human rights lawyer and poet Cecil Rajendra and Orang Asli writer Mahat Akiya

Come over and enjoy a weekend of book talks, arts and literary fun!!

Nazi Goreng was a success in Singapore

November 15, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Malaysia, My Books Visited: No Comments →

Me and Asrul posing in front of the Substation, Singapore

Thanks to all those who came to Nazi Goreng‘s Singapore presentations: it was a fantastic time at the Substation with its punk and skinhead audience. Also, at the Singapore Writers Festival I was surprised to see quite a few other people I would have never imagined might be interested in my novel!! (more…)

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