iact street party

22 04 2009

iactits about time another gig came by =] iact is moving to a cooler place, and we’ll (underheadlights) be playing at their launch cum street partay!!! from what i’ve heard there’s a lot of planning going down for this event so it’s gonna be huge!

there’s gonna be bands (one buck short, underheadlights, eg), even a rap group (manhand), exhibitions (it IS an advertising institute) and awareness events all placed out through the day (25th april). so mark the date down, put on your jumping shoes and come and have a blast!

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we’re on gua!

4 04 2009

well, its just an article. but woohoo!

i didn’t know there were any ppl from any web or watever covering the event that day. but looks like there were. and we got lucky, coz the article only has photos of 2 bands and we’re one of them!

here’s a portion of the article:

l-r: weeliem, cheemeng, joni, lenard, joshua

l-r: weeliem, cheemeng, joni, lenard, joshua

It’s not a new message but being there that night it was as if these young folks in bands and their volunteering friends wanted to be even more obvious about it, if only to wipe out the apathy that’s still bugging quite a number of us a little quicker (preferably before the world ends).

They’ve turned their best intentions into noble action, their way – isn’t it time to answer with yours?

~

read the whole article here.





earth hour: are you part of it yet?

25 03 2009

i’m sure u’ve heard it, but what is it? what”s with all this buzz? how many ppl are actually doing it? and the tagline that they’ve been using pretty often: can i make a difference?

earth hour is in it’s 3rd year running, starting solely in sydney australia, spreading to 35 countries last year and growing to 82 countries this year. it’s a worldwide event where businesses and households switch off their nonessential lights for an hour.

there’s a whole lot of articles you can read about it online, but the gist is switching off things you don’t really need for an hour. its so simple. anyone can do it. everyone should do it. but knowing humankind, there is always the few that disagree.

I READ with amazement and irony the efforts of WWF Malaysia to latch on to the Earth Hour event and all the celebrities, media and corporations that have come up in support.

It is amazing that people are so easily taken in by a mere publicity stunt that fails at the very essence. Turning off our lights for one hour on one designated day of the year to save our planet surely is a PR event at best.

It shames the thousands of devoted people, government bodies, scientists and environmentalists that have for years been working on finding real solutions to address this global concern. Malaysians should see past this gimmick by international NGOs and start changing their lifestyles. Surely we can be more proactive and not be fed by an agenda of international bodies.

Why don’t we implement power conservation programmes, ride public transport on certain days in a month, car pool, etc?

It is also ironic that the organiser, WWF Malaysia, up until very recently, did not even have a climate change programme to begin with when all others (even local groups and individuals) have been persistent in their pleas for Malaysians to take action.

Remember, our leaders signed the Kyoto Protocol and there has been concerted movement towards reaching solutions. Please let us all be enlightened and move away from celebrations and gimmicks.

MARCUS,
Petaling Jaya.

some would say that switching off lights for 1 hour even on a global scale is “insignificant” and more of a publicity stunt than an actual way to safe our earth. well, i couldn’t agree more. it in fact IS a publicity stunt. the amount of energy or carbon emmissions we safe is in fact INSIGNIFICANT so to speak.

so if it is merely publicity, and insignificant in its results, why do it? i have 2 reasons for you.

  1. a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step no? i can’t speak on behalf of wwf, but i think the bigger goal is to indeed aware ppl that if everyone did something, big things can change. its a simple concept that almost everyone believes but yet is a selective hypocrite to certain situations. a simple example. vitamins, exercise, even conversation. 3 things that should well cover 100% of the world’s population. take these 3 things, and isolate them down to 1 unit of each. take 1 vitamin in your whole lifetime. exercise once in your whole lifetime. have a conversation once in your whole lifetime. the result would be unanimous. they would’ve been INSIGNIFICANT things that you’ve done in your life, right? but you still do it nonetheless. why? if its insignificant, why are you still doing it?!?!? bloody cynical selfish hypocrite you are.
  2. there is a certain power in masses. this is pretty simple. if you’re the only one doing it, chances are you won’t stick to it. if everyone is doing it, its easier for you to do it again, and again, and again. simple eh?

so don’t be so short sighted as to see earth hour as merely a 1hour energy saving publicity stunt. that IS what it is, but that’s not what it wants to do. i mean, they didn’t say “save the earth just this once” did they?

if you still haven’t gotten the point. wwf just wants to scream out to the whole world, much like al gore in his movie, just to let ppl know. hey, you CAN do something you know?

dear marcus,

i am deeply saddenned for the human being that you are. you sound very knowledgable yet you fail to be just a little bit more long sighted in your observations of earth hour. i may not know as much as you do, like how wwf malaysia had no climate change programme, but i know that i am happy that they are doing something now.

i would be very interested to know what do YOU do to save our planet earth. i’m guessing nothing much, since anything you do would be insignificant to our dear earth right?

you do have many interesting suggestions on saving our planet, but are you doing anything about it? are you telling everyone around you that they can do something about it? what impact has your actions done? don’t u see that we, as shallow naive human beings, sometimes DO need a publicity stunt to push us into the right direction?

nah, i guess you’re too smart for that.

~

on a more celebrative note, underheadlights will be making its debut performance of the year in support of earth hour! read all about it here!

one of our sponsors, digi will also be present there to take your pledges to switch off your lights during earth hour. if u haven’t pledged yet, come to pledge! you’ll get a free compilation cd containing tracks from altered frequency, scene at the movies, army of three, us (of course), pg165, unabashed and many more! did i mention its free? both the gig AND the cd. what more could you ask for? if you haven’t seen us live, or any of the bands performing live before, you will be blown away. literally, musically, and volume-ally =P

so come come come! and don’t come alone, let’s bring this place down! urbanattic is a major cool chillout place! =]





sunburst 2009: will you be there?

15 02 2009

sunburst09

do u remember sunburst 2008? i do vaguely, and apart from the rain it was AWESOME! to me, this was the closest that malaysia would get to an OZFEST or any sort of all day music festival and the organisers pulled it off pretty well i must say though hiccups are always present.

now, what went wrong in sunburst 2008? just a few things, not significant enough to ruin the day but worth nothing.

  1. the waiting in between bands – now the organisers did something very good to prevent this from happening. they put 2 main stages side by side, obviously so that when 1 band finished at 1 stage, the other band can start at the 2nd stage with minimum delay. somehow this didn’t seem to work. either that, or bands are still doing what they do best: waiting for the crowd to swell before starting. now if you’re gonna do that, why put 2 stages there in the first place? 1 huge stage would be able to do that much better  i reckon.
  2. the choice of performers – i think they were going with we-want-all-kinds-of-musicians-so-that-we-can-attract-all-kinds-of-people-to-come concept, but i think they did it a little too widely. from rap to funk. from acoustic to r&b. from rock to hip hop. looks like every genre was represented! besides the harder stuff though, which maybe because this event is supported by the tourism ministry. no head banging, heavy metal stuff, which is sort of a good thing, i think.
  3. unequal treatment of musicians – well i don’t know how true is this, but this is what i heard. did any of you guys notice that the main band, incubus, actually played before their actual slot? right after john legend we were suppose to be entertained by estranged before incubus came up. i actually was looking forward to seeing estranged, but obviously when i heard incubus start, that feeling just went away =P which actually brings me to another point. once incubus started their set, suddenly the cameraman and the lightings all seem to be so much better compared to before. the lights were very nicely queued in. the camera panned superbly. i think this happens everywhere. the main guys always get the nice stuff. it even happened during the switchfoot concert. but anyway getting back to sunburst, apparently incubus came, got interviewed, and wanted to start their set immediately. so our lovely malaysian organisers who could’ve told them what they told everyone else, that every band has to wait for their set to play, instead just happily bumped incubus up before estranged. sounds harmless right? not for estranged though. once incubus finished, everyone assumed it was all over and left. including me. not because we don’t like estranged, but because it was the end. so yeah, that wasn’t too cool of the sunburst people =\

apart from all this, everything else was goood. food vendors, although a little lacking, was good food. tuborg was good. john legend was good. incubus was good. the roots were good. local bands were good.

so now. sunburst 2009. labelled by one of my friends as suckburst. just look at the lineup and you’ll understand why.

nerd. indo bands. malaysian bands. that’s it. hmm, only 1 international act? well technically indo bands are “international” right? it looks like sunburst is converging toward an indo fest, which i can totally understand why. if you guys out there in malaysia are complaining at the lineup, its all your own doing. its all your fault.

indo/malay bands are the biggest, most hugely supported bands in malaysia. that’s right. that’s why its very logical for the organisers to go toward this direction. when your an indo band, or model yourself like an indo band, the fans here actually buy your albums. the fans here actually come to your gigs. the fans here actually scream and sing along with you. that is the power of the indo scene. the fans love them. whether they’re a local band, or a real indo band, the fans love them. just like how we love paramore, u2, coldplay, foo fighters, etc. but what about the equivalent local bands who sound like these guys? musically we have bands that i dare say are as good as these big names, but they don’t get any support. or very little support at least. we simply label them wannabes, posers, bla bla bla. there’s no love for them coz we call them copycats. it seems that the only way for a local band to make it big these days is for them to go indo. to start singing malay. meet uncle hussain did that, and it worked 🙂

nerd… nerd… why nerd? i think they’ve never been on malaysian radio… never been on malaysian tv… ok maybe never is a very strong word… but i cant recall any nerd followings here, except for their popular single lapdance, i don’t know anything about nerd… maybe i’m ignorant… but a main event band is suppose to be more widely appealing i reckon…

me? i won’t be there. definitely. unless i get a free pass *hint* even then i will seriously consider giving up the pass to someone else. yes, that’s how bad it is. even a free pass might not get me to go. i guess the only way i will go is if i were playing =D





i’ll be here. will you?

21 08 2008

finally, i’m gig-ing with underheadlights! haha yes those who know, know that i haven’t been able to play with my band for their 1st 2 gigs due to certain obvious reasons =P but now i’m able! woohoo! so this is where u can catch underheadlights first ever full band gig!

you are the revolution! and its at the final stage right here in kl. well, not really kl, acts church summit usj actually. we’ll be playing on the last day (closing band woot!) so come and support us aiight? no more places for the conference, but the night event starts at 7pm. and at the strike of 10pm, we’re teleporting to:

alive and amplified! dare i say the 1st full band gig in a halo cafe setting? heh, basically everything you need to know about the gig is in this flyer. our 1st gig with a flyer! basically our studio roped us into this gig, so a big thank you to john @ munkee music for this opportunity.

see all of you there!





discovery stage venue change

2 08 2008

due to unforseen circumstances, discovery stage’s venue has been changed from cineleisure the curve to club c18 bangsar. its located along jalan liku, off jalan riong. just refer to the map here. really sorry about this last minute change, hope to see you guys there! rock on!

click here for the google maps





the periodic update

7 07 2008

1. i have graduated

2. i am unemployed, but have a job (confusing i know)

3. i have too many bands (but its alright now since none of them heavily gig… yet)

4. i miss having everything in my room (i need to buy a table)

5. i’m going to pay off my debts to my debtors very soon

6. i hope ppl who owe me money will do the same very soon

7. i need a new strap

8. i need new cables

9. i’m gas-ing for more stompboxes

10. i have no idea what job i want to apply for, though i’m leaning towards management trainees

11. i’m soon going to be non-existant in cyberjaya =\ (though i will return periodically to haunt certain individuals)

12. i will be touring to perak (twice) in this month

13. i bought “melayu” converse-like shoes in indo

14. i bought not-so-skinny jeans from esprit

15. i’m desperately trying to gain weight (mcds doesn’t help as much as i thought it would)

16. i failed to obtain my 6pack goal by june 😦

17. i’m still not on the graduates list for some unknown reason

18. i am going to do something epic to glen

19. i am going to recruit my team to do something epic to glen

20. i am not going to kill glen

=]