(picture credits: Cole Yew)
One of my pieces on SOUNDMAKER, Penang’s den of alternative subcultural rocking, is out now on the Penang Monthly. Read an excerpt:
“No doubt, to virgin eyes, a visit to Soundmaker might be a shocking introduction to Hell, hardcore-punk style. Cigarette smoke thickens as you throw a token to the spiky-haired punk rock Charon in charge of the door. And when the Gates of Hades open, the dominant darkness is dispersed by dim lights.
On stage, a band of young guitar gangsters with a barely necessary PA spray the walls with three-chord bullets as if they were wielding sonic machine guns. Before the musicians, dozens of “souls” slam-dance against each other furiously in a circular mosh pit. A few get trampled under army boots and sneaker-clad hooves. One of them leaps spread-eagled from the edge of the stage, but just moments before this airborne Lucifer hits the floor headfirst, a forest of limbs cushion his fall and safely guide him to the ground. All the while on the stage, the band continues to preach its chainsaw-punk gospel.”