Malaysian pop punk band Bunkface got here underneath fireplace not too long ago following the discharge of their new music “Akhir Zaman” (Finish of Time or Finish of the World, in English).

What was imagined to be a banger about social commentary and criticism on Malaysian society ended up sounding just like the band’s unhappy try at crawling out of irrelevancy and breaking again into the mainstream music world.

The music itself, is not truly unhealthy per se however it’s evident right here that Bunkface is basically behind the instances.

They’re nonetheless caught within the whiny, pretentious pop punk period of the late 90s and early 00s. It is 2020, we’re in a brand new decade, and lead singer Sam nonetheless hasn’t misplaced the nasal accent synonymous of most pop-punk vocals.

Analyzing Bunkface’s new music “Akhir Zaman”.

The band has cultivated numerous buzz round them after dropping their new music – however for all of the fallacious causes.

Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at a number of the controversial lyrics for his or her new music, we could?

“Engkau agamamu, aku agamaku” (To you your faith, to me mine).

Honest sufficient, everybody ought to have the best to apply their very own faith. However later, the band turns round and spews, some shit that fully goes towards what they’re attempting to relay right here.

The band included homophobic lyrics of their newest music launch like “LGBT, boleh pergi mampus” (LGBT can go to hell or LGBT can go die, in English) which actually struck a nerve with followers and LGBTQ activists on-line.

So not solely does the band write juvenile, repetitive, mediocre lyrics, additionally they write anti-LGBTQ sentiments that actually does not sit effectively with some Malaysians.

That is not very punk rock, or quite pop punk of you.

A quick historical past of the punk subculture and punk rock music in Malaysia.

A gaggle of Malay skinheads at an underground gig in Malaysia. IMAGE: Jakarta Globe.

It is a bit of identified indisputable fact that Malaysia was one of many earliest Southeast Asian nations to undertake a heavy steel and punk rock music motion from as early as 1982, regardless of its multicultural and Muslim majority society.

Right now, this nation in addition to Indonesia has one of the crucial energetic punk scenes on this planet.

In line with the guide “The Punk Reader: Analysis Transmissions from the Native and the World”, the skinheads of the West decide to a straight edge life-style – free from medication and alcohol, and promote social change.

The anarcho-punks, then again, are anarchists who’re anti-capitalists, anti-establishment, and pen lyrics that promote world peace in addition to expressing constructive political change and resisting trendy society.

A gaggle of Malaysian punks gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. IMAGE: Asian Geo.

In Malaysia, Rumah Api (Home of Hearth, in English) is taken into account to be an iconic website for underground punk music. It serves as greater than only a secure house for punks and skinheads alike. It is also a spot for gigs, workshops and conferences, a file retailer in addition to a library for its group.

They’re closely influenced by the do-it-yourself (DIY) tradition, anarchy and freedom. Additionally they have a powerful stance towards racism, sexism, homophobia, medication, alcohol, and violence.

Etched on the partitions of Rumah Api in Malaysia. IMAGE:

On the opposite finish of the spectrum are right-wing “Malay energy” punk teams.

There’s a complete underground group of Malay skinheads who imagine in fascist, Malay supremacist beliefs thus, fully ignoring the anti-fascist and anti-racism values that actual skinheads and punks maintain true.

In line with South China Morning Submit, these Malay neo-Nazi teams play very secretive gigs which might be often invite-only.

Bunkface shouldn’t be punk rock, they’re nowhere near it.

IMAGE: Yahoo! Information.

Not that they have been ever punk rock to start with.

Bunk is useless (Punk is useless, get it?).

Ought to we actually be shocked they launched “Akhir Zaman” when on the top of their profession, they launched a music referred to as “Foolish Lily” that had them singing lyrics like “Foolish Lily by no means actually appreciated me, she instructed everybody that I used to be such a homosexual.”

Actually now?

You possibly can’t declare to be a punk rock band if you unfold homophobic sentiments in your lyrics that fully goes towards the punk rock motion and its beliefs.

They’re posers and if something, they’re simply washed up pop stars who had their time within the limelight within the late 00s and have since been irrelevant within the native music scene.

They actually went from singing “Diskriminasi menjatuhkan aku” (Discrimination is bringing me down) to regardless of the hell it’s they’re doing now, attempting to pander to the homophobes of this nation.

Why waste any extra time selling their terrible music after we can redirect our consideration to different Malaysian bands which might be value extra of our time?

Listed here are another Malaysian punk rock bands to take a look at.

Spooky Moist Goals began writing collectively as a band in 2016, coming from a spot of dissatisfaction on the earlier Malaysian authorities.

Within the political and satirical music “Irama Propaganda” (Propaganda Rhythm), the band criticises the dethroned Barisan Nasional authorities for believing they have been all-powerful and would endlessly keep in energy.

LGBTQ punk rock band Shh…Diam! (Shut up, in English) makes music to battle towards the discrimination of LGBTQ individuals in Malaysia. The band is led by Faris Saad, who’s a transgender man who started transitioning in 2014.

Tingtong Ketz is a Malaysian band stuffed with transgender and queer musicians. It was began by Shika Corona, a transgender girl who makes use of her artwork and songwriting to interrupt the gender stereotypes in conservative, Muslim majority Malaysia.

Would you be giving these different Malaysian punk bands a hear?

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