“sachin….go watch la…very nice you know!! they won the BEST NEW ARTISTE at AIM (Anugerah Industri Muzik….the Malaysian version of the Grammys)…go la”
“waiha j-cyn…wanna cheat me?? the flier states that they were NOMINATED, not they won it…”
yes, my sharp eyes never seemed to fail me. Altered Frequency, an unknown local act (at least for me) is playing a gig at Wesley Methodist Church at the 22nd of July (it was yesterday) and the church-goers (another term invented by me) diligently spread the word around: by mouth and green fliers. i had my doubts about going to church since i’m a non-believer and my previous experiences (i’ll never forget the bald uncle’s stare at me when i exited the church when the Koreans were singing…it’s not like i wanted to…i have Cheah’s tuition to attend to). approximately 3 hours before the concert, justin peter joseph a.k.a lembu asked me to accompany him to watch the concert. what the heck, let’s just go.
“welcome!!!” a smiling Ruth echoed. wow, four cute girls were greeting me. yes, Tiffany was there with her winsome smile.”wah, your concert got receptionist??” i asked. “no lah…they are ushers..hey sachin, the drummer got wear Batman’s utility belt” said chiaching. “say what?? that’s cool…”.
“nice to see you in church, sachin” said yvonne har while shaking my hand. yes yvonne, it’s always nice to see you anywhere (the best is in my dreams…..*evil grin*). “khanecksha!! what are you doing here??” a childish voice asked me. what do you expect me to do, winnie har?? propose to you?? for sure-lah to watch the concert.
the concert started with two members of AQ (short form for Altered Frequency) MC-ing. there was a contest to win free CDs. all they had to do is state the 14 states of Malaysia (surprisingly a 19year old dude and a small kid failed), pronouncing the alphabet backwards (that also fail..i did that almost everyday in kindergarten..Mrs Jeba and Miss Chan, you should teach them) and do a beatbox. it was hillarious. Megatron a.k.a Min Sern (they fail to pronounce his name..so they called him Megatron) won it with a pretty good beat.
then it started. the band started jamming and the whole church started jumping around. it was a typical rock concert. they were very good. no wonder they were nominated for an award. the drummer was hitting the drums like there was no tomorrow while the guitarist and the bassist were doing their thing. my favourite part was when both of them battle it out among themselves with the bassist winning the battle (that’s my opinion). it was fun. i rate them as being in the upper echeleons of the music industry of malaysia (it is very,very high..they can make it internatinally) with Reshmonu, Pop Shuvit and Estranged. maybe their music was more inclined towards Christianity and didn’t receive much airplay on radios.
later, the lead singer who is a pastor started preaching. he really did connect with the young generation. he was preaching about “a big change in a little fella” adapted from Luke 19:1-10 (it was the story of Zachias…i hope i got his name spelt correctly). then the whole church started to pray and do their thing while i kept silent and watched them. it’s really good to see these people really passionate about their Faith. i really have high respect for them. however, some were disrespecting the church and made noise and playing around with their handphones.
i can’t help but to ask the drummer where to get the Batman belt. “haiya…this one get in KL…every member has a superhero belt: superman, spiderman…our second album is coming out soon..hope you’ll get it..”. i’ll get it for sure