Mar
31

XGIG JB 2009

Posted by kenchill. Categories Event Coverage, Events, Music

CT Cafe & Sports Arena

One more post before March ends! XFM‘s (no more XFresh FM guys, XFM from now on. XFM!) XGIG Johor Bahru leg was held just 2 weeks ago at City Plaza, which only allows music events to be held on Sundays, as there are corporate people working in the building from Mondays to Saturdays.  As with the one held in JB previously, this XGIG is also held at CT Cafe & Sports Arena.

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Loy, the XGIG Boy, was courteous enough to invite me to the event and let me ride together with the crew (and the Bittersweet boys) on the bus, saving me from driving all the way down and back again.

XFM Crew

Haniff

Nadi

Haniff was there as the main emcee and Nadi was the first band of the day. The crowd was still lingering around, and people were still trickling in. I couldn’t catch the names of their songs, but as with standard XGIG routine, they played 3 songs before Juno Hana came on stage.

Nadi

Junohana

Juno Hana

Juno Hana is a brother-sister band, all band members are siblings, excluding their bassist which is their good friend. They started their set with a instrumental, dreamy post-rock song. It was only after their intro song that their vocalist came on stage. Their next songs were also a bit post-rock, but with more keyboard melodies and less distorted guitars. Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/junohanabanana.

Junohana

Junohana

Junohana

Laila

Laila

The crowd was getting rowdier and this is when Laila came up on stage. Yes, they are back. After Hadi’s departure last year (it was during the previous XGIG JB that Laila’s Lounge announced their break up), Ex-Laila’s Lounge members roped in new vocalist and keyboardist and are back with new tunes.

Laila

Laila

Laila

They played 2 new songs, Stargazer and Prindu. They were supposed to go off, but insisted on playing one more, which everyone was waiting for and they did play it, their most famous song, Mawar Khayalan which managed to please the crowd. Laila feels exacly like Laila’s Lounge, but I will not compare them to what they were previously, I just can’t wait to listen to more new material from them.

Laila

Laila

Next up is Statik and it seems that they have plenty of fans in the crowd, singing along to their songs, the loudest of which was to Nikmat Sementara, thanks to the generous airplay on XFM.

Statik

Statik

Komplot came up and delivered a couple of hits including Nora Zen and Konflik Metropolis, both of which were definitely crowd favorites. Even the XFM crew were dancing to it.

Komplot

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Komplot

Bittersweet

Bittersweet

To end things, there was Bittersweet. They played just 4 songs, starting with Kucing Hitam (well, if Cobaan was first, but…), which they used to play as their last song. Mid-way through their set, someone threw a tin can at Hafiz’s direction which upseted him and caused him to remove his sunnies and stared angrily at the crowd, temporarily halting the song.

Bittersweet

Bittersweet Guitarists

Bittersweet guitarists

Bittersweet

Pijie managed to calm things down and quickly continue on with the set. Not to mention that they were a bunch of people in the crowd showing middle fingers while Bittersweet were playing. Hmmm.

Pijie Bittersweet

Pijie Bittersweet

So there, XGIG JB, with just 6 bands, short, sweet and rocking. Stonebay had to pull out last minute due to one of their band members was unfit to perform. The next XGIG will resume in June, so stay tuned!

Loy

 


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