Butterfingers’ Back!

Posted by Sustagenius! on Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 and is filed under Music Freak. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

“Selamat datang… ke masa depan.”

Yessirree, Butterfingers are back and they came with a vengeance! Debunking all the conspiracy theories behind the name of their last album, the lads churned out another, and some say by far the best, aptly-named malay album, Kembali.

Though in the opening track Emmett welcomed us to the future, the songs themselves are full of subtle references to malay music history. A couple of lines straight from kiddie rhymes, allusions to mystical princesses, a sample of keroncong… Everything about this album shouts pride of being Malaysian.

The first song on this album, Joget Global, started with… get this… a syair! The half-irish lead singer successfully brought me back to my primary school years when our teacher forced us to recite syairs. Just when you get comfortable with the soothing tempo, the boys jumpstarted us with a lat-tali-lat-tali-tampong and a heavy metal-ly guitar. And that’s not all. Again the style changed. And again. Very Bohemian Rhapsody-y. Well, what do you expect from the pioneers of the buttersound genre?

And who wouldn’t love Maharani? The menage-trois between the guitar, violin and drum is super addictive but not as much as the opening lyrics – “Mereke kate kugile, lagilah aku suke.” Yep, not Mereka kata kugila but MerekE katE kugilE. If my BM teacher got a hold of this, she’d probably slaughter the band while singing along to the song. It’s that addictive.

The album closes off with Mati Hidup Kembali, a solo ballad by Loque on piano. The word on the street says that it was written by the guitarist for his girl but if you look at it in another way, the romantic lyrics could really be referencing to being high. Umm… right. And there’s something about the chorus that reminds me of an old song but I can’t put my finger on which.

In closing, let me say this. I generally abhor malaysian bands. They sound like they’re cheap rip-off of each other or international icons. But with Butterfingers, I say, they really raised my expectation of the local music scene to an astronomical height. And they do not have to resort to English to rock, either.

Oh, and if you hear radio-rosak sounds, don’t be alarmed. They’re experimenting with sound effects and whatnot which is not my cup of tea.

Track listing:
1.  Joget Global
2.  Bebas
3.  Maharani
4.  Terus Terang
5.  Air Liur di Kuala Lumpur
6.  Lengkap Semula
7.  Merdeka
8.  1000 Tahun (Mahu Hidup)
9.  Gelombang Cinta
10. Mendaki Menara Condong
11. Mati Hidup Kembali

Right to left: Kadak, Loque, Emmett, Loco

Band Members:
Emmett – Vocals, Guitar, Violin
Loque – Guitar, Samples, Piano
Kadak – Bass, Vocals
Loco – Drums

Official Website
YouTube Channel

6 Responses to “Butterfingers’ Back!”

  1. hadiNovember 23rd, 2008 - 10:42 am

    they’re certainly in a class of their own.
    nice review btw.


  2. Sustagenius!November 23rd, 2008 - 4:49 pm

    Yep, I actually didn’t actually like their earlier grunge / garage rock sound, only the chemistry did anything to me. But this summer, my sister, bless her, reintroduced me to butterfingers and they ARE a blast.


  3. blackieNovember 25th, 2008 - 7:57 pm

    eh.. bak mari album…. LOL

    the band is memang good lah.. dulu in secondary school go to jam also play their songs onli.. like royal jelly, wet blanket and etc. can be said to be one of the many berjaya band in msia.

    respect respect..


  4. shalalinNovember 30th, 2008 - 9:36 am

    who are these ppl? so many boyband ler… i hope they r better than HUJAN ( their songs the worst man…!!!) Mcm nyanyi ape yg terlintas di kepala ms sedang berjalan2…huhu


    blackie Reply:

    they are not boyband lerr.. and basically few years back they sing english before turning to malay. listen to it to know.


    Sustagenius! Reply:

    Butterfingers were considered the real first underground Malaysian rock band, which surfaced to the mainstream. They were considered groundbreaking in the sense that, unlike other Malaysian mainstream bands, their genre was far from rock ballad. Indeed, they’re hailed as the pioneers of Malaysian grunge. They first achieved fame in the late 90s with 1.2 mg, though the ’99 album Transcendence is the one which really showed their mettle. They had a 4-year hiatus after their genre-switching Selamat Tinggal Dunia.

    Trust me, HUJAN doesn’t hold a candle next to Butterfingers.


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