We Are The Pigs Vol.2: The Triumphant Return of British Pop Spirit in Malang
A friend asked us “You still listen to that Britpop thing?”, well in fact, we pretty much still do and what is so wrong about it. It is a timeless genre made famous when Britain exported their music all over the world and helped to launch the career of The Beatles, Pulp, Oasis, Blur and many more. No wonder it has devoted listeners all over the world and inspires many musicians afterwards. It is also the reason why We Are The Pigs Vol.2 was held by Malang Sub Pop. The first volume of We Are The Pigs was held in 2014 and it was welcomed with great enthusiasm, but volume two was even better.
The line-up featured 7 bands from Malang, Surabaya, Bandung and Jakarta which are The Breakfast Club, Young Savages, Much, Combo, Ikkubaru, Peonies and Lightcraft. It was raining heavily that day and we were clouded with a little pessimism about the crowd. However, the event still commenced at 7 PM with Combo opening the celebration. People turned up one by one and filled the space at Komika Warung Kopi. It was a little surprising considering at the same time, there was also some huge gigs happening in town. Combo played songs like “Coffee & TV” or “Boys and Girls” from Blue and they have encouraged the audience to sing along. Malang’s very own band, Much, followed suit with their cover of The Smiths’ songs like “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” and “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”. Someone from the audience even took over the mic to sing his favorite The Smiths song.
Later, Ikkubaru from Bandung continued the Britpop festive with their rendition of Ride’s songs. “Kaleidoscope” and “Vapour Trail” are among the songs from Ride that they performed. The Breakfast Club sang their version of The Stone Roses and performed “Ten Story Love Song” and “I Wanna Be Adored” among many more on their set. “Yellow” and “Clocks” from Coldplay are beautifully done by Lightcraft from Jakarta. While Young Savages brought “Chemistry Between Us” and “Beautiful Ones” from Suede on stage. Peonies from Jakarta closed out the night with a bang with their take on The Cure classics like “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Just Like Heaven”. Once again the audience took control of the singing, and let the band did what they could do best. People were crowd surfing, they were dancing, and sang their hearts out to the tunes that they grew up with.Moreover, the bands also put out their own original tunes side by side with the Britpop covers. We Are The Pigs Vol.2 proved that Britpop in Malang won’t die anytime soon, it is a gift that keeps on giving. After all, we had a blast on that rainy night, right lads?