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Southeast Asian punk and Oi! is definitely on the rise. Next to Indonesia there also popup bands in countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. Earlier this year Street Boundaries from Malaysia released their first full-length. All questions were answered by Emi.
January 2013 – band website
First of all, can you please introduce the band and the members to us?
Hi there! We are Street Boundaries, an antifascist band from Malaysia. We are: Emi on vocals, Bali on guitar, Afiq on bass and Arp on drums.
You just released your We Are The Revolution CD. Are you satisfied with it and how are the reactions so far?
We are quite satisfied as we finally successfully released our first album after lots of efforts throughout the years. As for now, we got many positives reactions from the crowds. Thanks to those who helped and gave us support from the beginning till present.
Your music is a mixture of Oi!, hardcore and even a touch of metal. The followers of these genres are often very strict or ‘puritan’ in their musical ideas, so how do these people react to you mixing these genres together?
First of all, we didn’t expect our music genre had some metal at all! Hahaha! At first, our music genre ‘shocked’ the local Oi! scene here, because most of the crowd here thought that we were just another usual Oi! band. Some of them questioned us on why we brought up this kind of genre, and others accepted us in a good way. Everyone had their own opinion. And now they know who we are as we’re today. The crowds accept us and we are respected as a band.
You hail from Malaysia which – no offense – isn’t the first country where people think of when it comes to Oi! Music. Can you describe how and when Oi! and punk music started and developed in Malaysia?
We don’t exactly know how to begin the story because at that time, we were still young and green, haha! From what we know the subculture began in late 80ies and early 90ies when the punkrock culture and music entered Malaysia. Later it splitted up into a variety of sub-genres like Oi!, Hardcore, etc until what you’ve seen today. Among the first Malaysian Oi! and punk bands were The Bollocks, Carburator Dung, Karatz, A.C.A.B, The Suspects A.K.A, 2nd Guest, The Official and many more.
I think lots of readers will be familiar with the Oi! Made In Malaysia CD. How is the current scene? Any band or labels which are worth mentioning?
The Oi! scene had it highest peaks during the 90ies. The scene became a bit more quiet. But the past few years lots of good Oi! bands were founded and the scene is alive once more. There were Gang Buster, Oi!koholix, Militant, RevOi!lucy, On Liberty and more! There’re a lot of punk/metal labels such as Rice Cooker Shop, Green Peace Distro, Kandar Mosh, etc.
For you as band it’s very important to take a stand against racism. Why is this so important for you as an Asian punk band? I know there was a small RAC scene in Japan in the 90ies, but are these RAC-tendencies still alive these days in Asia?
Yes! It’s important to us because to us, any scene or sub-culture shouldn’t have any form of racism. Each individual in the scene should be against it. It’s important to reject this kind of ideology over here because the conditions over here were not much different than in Europe which has varieties of ethnics, religions, & cultures. The racist disease comes in and spreads through political parties as well as political organizations that rooted nationalist propaganda. It gets even worse by the infiltration of far right wing associations such as Perkasa, Pekida, etc! Situations that are happening here can be compared to situations in England in the late 70ies in the punk and skinhead scene. In Malaysia racist scenes by nazi or ‘Malay Power’ exist since a long time ago. They adopt the idea of the White Power-movement. There are several RAC bands like Brown Attack, Spiderwar, Xenophobia, Antaboga etc. all these scumbags are part of a far right movement called ‘Darah & Maruah’ (Blood & Honor). Because of this, we brought up the antifa ideology/concept into our band and will fight those cunts by any means necessary!
On your thanklist you mention a band called Geen Naam, which is dutch for No Name. Which band is this? Although i live in The Netherlands i have never heard of them before?
Geen Naam were friends of us and actually they’re a crusty punkmetal band from Malaysia. They play pretty damn good too..! I didn’t know why they named their band like that? haha
After the release of your We Are The Revolution album you established a lot of international contacts. Did this lead into any foreign gigs or tours yet?
Currently, we do plan to do a tour, but still the major problem is money and time! Haha! Our latest plan for 2013 is to perform gig at our neighbor country, Indonesia! Hopefully we’ll have the money and time that we need most.
Do you have any closing comments?
Cheers to oioimusic.com webzine for interviewing us!
Keep the faith and stay antifascist!
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