The Wild Spirit of Prophets of Rage Lived On HPSF 2019 Day 2!
JAKARTA (9/1) – Prophets of Rage has been a supergroup that every rockheads and rapheads look up to. The dream to see their performance live manifested into reality during Hodegepodge Superfest 2019 on its day 2. The annual music festival brought to you by Java Festival Production and Supermusic managed to deliver one of the highest note of this year’s festivity with Prophets of Rage as the headliner. Tom Morello and co. didn’t disappoint by opening their set with a Public Enemy cover called “Prophets of Rage”. As the supergroup is made up of Rage Against The Machine members, it was only right that they performed several biggest song from the rock band’s catalog. They proved their legendary status when they brought their biggest hit “Unfuck The World”. The crowd which was dominated by males sang along in unison with this anthem. Chuck D was the man of the night as he yelled “Indonesia rage again” and it was met with cheers and applause from the excited audience. Tom Morello had his moment when he performed his solo song. The legendary guitarist seemed perfectly comfortable performing on his own and did we even need to mention his skill?
Besides Prophet of Rage’s raging and wild performance, we also saw several stages that might be noteworthy to review. After watching Maliq & D’essentials performed from one stage to another across the country, this time they brought something new to the table. They showed a merrier ensemble on stage with notable backing vocals from Kamga Mohammad, the frontman of Dekat and a part of music duo, Hondo. Reality Club brought their new sound on stage as they performed more numbers from their latest album “What Do You Understand?”. To say that their new sound is a whole different level from their debut album was an understatement. While passing by their stage, we thought that we might hear another band performing before realising it was Reality Club indeed. A drastic change, but maybe needed to showcase another side of their musical exploration. State Champs were also an act that was highly anticipated that day, as songs like “Criminal”, “Secrets”, and “Frozen” were sung on HPSF Day 2.
A sad news coming from indie-rock group Superorganism. After being on tour for the past few years after releasing their breakout single “Everyone Wants To Be Famous” and their self-titled album in 2018, they announced that they are taking a little break. The hiatus news was announced on stage and invited a disappointed response from the crowd. Although they are heading on an indefinite hiatus, the group didn’t hint on a breakup which was a good news. HPSF Day 2 was truly a multi-genre music enthusiast’s dream came true. We were also satisfied on how Java Festival Production and Supermusic arranged the stage and the entire venue. We’re looking forward to the next edition already!
Reporter: Bahana R. Pradipta/Editor: Novita Widia