After venturing into the digital realm for the past 2 years, FRED PERRY SUBCULTURE returns to a physical space on Sunday, 11th December 2022 from 4pm onwards (doors open at 3pm), this time taking over what was once the world’s largest and finest railway engineering workshops; Sentul Depot. Celebrating the brand’s long-standing relationship with music and street culture, the 2022 edition of FRED PERRY SUBCULTURE will feature a nightlong of live music performances by the finest talents of Malaysia’s music scene.
Rocking the stage will be ska legends Gerhana Skacinta, indie rockers The Times and Pesawat, indie pop supergroup Joanna & Co, punk rockers Trophy Knives, cult-favourites Hawa and JEMSON, and Fred Perry Malaysia ambassadors, the soulful Dani Komari as well as ‘fuzz rock n roll’ quartet The Fatalis.
Fred Perry’s Subculture is a series of global annual celebrations of music and street culture organised by UK. clothing brand Fred Perry. The series made its debut in 2005 in Britain, forged by decades of Fred Perry’s connection to music and street style dating back to the 1950s. Pre-pandemic in 2019, Subculture was held at REXKL with over 2000 fans who turned up . In the year 2020 and 2021, the concerts were held online.
Other highlights this Sunday include:
RAW TALES OF SUBCULTURE: Discover portraits of local (MY) & regional (SG & ID) icons and innovators spanning from independent musicians to artists and more – all bound by the same subversive spirit of the Fred Perry Shirt.
ORANGE: THE VOICE OF SUBCULTURES: The epic sounds of the day will be supported by true drivers of music, sharing sounds of Britain with Orange Amplifiers by Music Bliss. An array of amplifiers will also be on display for music enthusiasts wanting to give it a whirl like some of the greats performing on stage.
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Here's a brief rundown of who the acts are:
Gerhana Skacinta emerged from the revival of ska in 1990s Malaysia. The name is composed of gerhana 'eclipse', ska, and cinta 'love'. The group has taken on the purest form of ska, staying away from the fusion of Asian sounds. GSC over the years has released numerous albums, with the latest being Muzik Tanpa Sempadan in 2022.
Indie rockers, The Times, were one of the earlier bands in the scene to have adopted a British sound while many have adopted the grunge sound of Seattle in the 90s. Formed by the remnants of OAG, the band has garnered an army of fans predominantly for popularising the Brit sound while singing in the national language, Bahasa Malaysia.
Joanna & Co
Indie pop princess Joanna Renisa will get you dancing. Having been there since the explosion of the scene in Malaysia, her loyal fans have stuck with her since her inception as an artist.
Pesawat was born in the hangar of Ampang after occasional just-for-fun jamming sessions with four boys from Klang Valley. Influenced very much by the bands from the UK, namely Editors, We Are Scientists, Dirty Pretty Things, Keane and Pigeon Detectives, Pesawat's music can be summed up as Indie Garage Rock with a Malaysian flavour. Their music comes both in English and Malay.
Dani Komari is a regular name at KL’s finest soul and jazz clubs. With her vintage sounding voice, reminiscent of the late Amy Winehouse, she gives the music of yesteryears a new life with her own twist of a blend of blues, jazz and soul that’s easy on the ears.
The Fatalis was officially birthed with its definite line-up in the middle of December 2016. They are a band that carries the flag of “garagerock-revival”, with hints of hardcore punk elements at their core and in the background of each of its members. They have churned out 2 EPs within the short period of their existence filled with swift, aggressive riffs and bass lines packed with grooves.
Superband JEMSON is made up of a duo from giants in their own scene, Myo from emo punk band, Oh ChentaKu and Najmi from the mighty Incarnation. The duo came together during the pandemic and went straight to work, putting out an album in 2021 during the pandemic. The band is joined by Moe, previously of major label band, Beatburns and Jon Voo, a notable name in the drumming world of Malaysia.
Punk rock quartet Trophy Knives was formed in 2016 and have released a couple of EPs and their most recent album, Look The Other Way has made waves in the local Malaysian music scene. The band, although fairly new, has done a fair bit of touring South East Asia and Australia with the legendary Anti-Flag. They’ve opened for some of the biggest names in the alternative music world like Mayday Parade, Neck Deep, Tiny Moving Parts and Crown The Empire.
Think The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Runaways, and Joan Jett but shoegaze it a little; you get Hawa. A producer, a singer, a guitarist and fashionista, led by Eff Hakim who previously was the face of the electronic cult group, Pastel Lite. Eff has gone solo fronting her own project now with a whole new lineup.