Thursday, 23 January 2014

Asian Invasion - xSAXONx way out east 2013/2014

well, it's nearly 4 weeks since we returned from our South East Asian trek, and am literally (well my ass at least) still living in the fall out of that trip, but more about that in another post! While this quick round up of our tour will undoubtedly miss out some crucial details I hope it gives you a flavour of what life is like on the road in SxE Asia.


The first 4 concerts of our tour were through Indonesia, and they were organised by Indra from To Die, thanks a lot man! This picture hopefully gives an impression of the typical Indonesian gig experience, that is to say lots of happy punters going bonkers!

the crowd at our Tangerang gig

Our first 3 gigs in Indonesia were quite similar with a lot of melodic punk bands playing, and at least one band a night playing a cover of Cocksparrer's England Belongs to Me, which was great! More fun and less po-faced mysterious guy bollocks in hardcore.

The fourth concert we played was in Jogjakarta and here the gig was organised by some metal heads so there was a great mix of thrash metal and hardcore bands, every single band was shit hot,but I cant find the flyer right now ha ha! these maniacs were especially good.

The food in Indonesia, just like last time, was always top drawer, so many tofu and tempeh dishes to try, and everything spicy spicy! My only words of advice this time would be make double sure you wash your hands before you eat, don't touch the salad and maybe don't eat street food at 3am thats been sat all day, you might end up being sat on the pot for a few weeks....

For the Asian leg of the tour we hired a car and driver and my friend Dolly joined us as a guide, There is no way we could have done the tour if we hadn't organised this. We were driving for nearly 10 hours everyday, but our driver Abideen did his duty well and got us to all the concerts on time.

As for Mr Dolly Patchaos, what can we say about this legend that has not already been said, he joined us at the last moment to be our tour guide and made sure we got where we needed to go every time, miss you so much mate!

because we were driving al the time we had very little time for sight-seeing beyond what we saw out the window of the car, but after our last gig in Jogjakarta we had time to visit the Prambanan 9th century Hindu temples which are extremely impressive and well worth a visit.


After Indonesia out next few concerts were in Malaysia, with the first two being at the Chaos In Rumah Api festival.

The venue is very similar to Bradford's 1in12 Club, and a lot of quality bands played with us over the weekend. This was also our first time meeting Endorphins Lost from the USA who we would play with for the next 3 or 4 days. Our Saturday night gig was one of the best of our tour.

We spent 4 nights in Kuala Lumpur altogether and so we had a chance to see quite a bit of the city and its tourist attractions. 
at the top of the KL tower
at the bottom of the twin towers with our mate Hafiz

Saxon Champion not quite making it up the Bantu Cave steps

After Kula Lumpur we played in a couple more towns including Temerloh, the same town where Atomgevitter played our final gig. The gig was in  a house and apparently this was the first ever house show in Malaysia, which was pretty cool!

After Temerloh we were all excited about taking a sleeper train to Singapore and getting a kip in a bed after 8 days on the floor, but alas the sleeper train was sold out, so around 3am (eternal) we boarded the regular train and fell uncomfortably asleep regardless.

Singapore was a surreal experience after the previous two weeks. Upon arrival we were picked up in a kind of disco bus, complete with carpeted walls and mirror ball and whisked to our accomodation, a chalet next to the beach with its own pool!
did we suddenly become Guns'n'Roses?

After some top vegan scran and an hour practicing our cannon balls and belly flops we headed to the venue, again in some kind of boogie bus. The line up for the concert was really fantastic, with Scumraid, Life Lock and Vaarallinen being particular highlights. Endorphins Lost also nailed it this night, the last night of their tour.

After the gig all the bands headed back to the chalet for a big after party where we stayed up all night shooting the shit, great fun. the highlight was finding out the gigs promoter works as a dinosaur puppeteer - cool!
Despite the late night we still had energy enough for a Scotland vs Singapore frisbee water polo match the next day, where Scotland came out victorious! 

Our final concert was back in Malaysia at a place called The Wall, which is quite a legendary venue in Malaysia, again quite similar to the 1in12 Club. The concert was great with plenty of faces through the door, but I think after the high of Singapore, I at least was thinking a lot about the flight home. My main memories of this final gig were a girl leaping off the stage, nobody catching her and watching her hit the deck head first and a guy coming into the place where we were trying to sleep and nestling in between us with a recorder in his mouth ready to give us a tune: "lose the recorder mate" was all I could think to say, but he took the hint.

So like I said already, sorry this is not more comprhensive, my brain is a little frazzled at the moment due to one of the things I picked up in Indonesia which I'll report more on in my next post. Enjoy the pictures, enjoy the music and enjoy the videos.