Beeswax: Indonesian emo greats return with new music
Of all the bands on the Emotion, No compilation, Indonesia’s Beeswax was, until now, the hardest to track down. Not anymore! Recently, The Display premiered the new song “The Loaded Ashtray” and announced that their third LP is coming out soon.
The Malang four-piece has a great sound very much indebted to the specific emo and alternative bands they cite as influences (Casket Lottery, Braid, Cap’n Jazz, Maggat, Mock Orange, American Football, Title Fight, Pswingset, and Texas Is The Reason, to name a few).
From The Display:
“It has been a long time since the four-piece emo act released any new material. But now the wait is over as Bagas Yudhiswa (guitar/vocal), Iyok (guitar/vocal), Putra (bass/vocal) and Yayan (drum) have unveiled a new single titled “The Loaded Ashtray”. The song which is the first offer from the band’s upcoming third album displays an equally saddening thought as any other tracks. With their signature twinkling guitar sound, [the band opens] up about the memory of those who are gone.”
We can spend days arguing about whether or not we’re still in an emo revival (did good emo music ever go away?), but I’d rather talk about how emo has influenced bands outside of the United States, especially in the East where a lot of great emo bands are making an impact.
Qiii Snacks Records, one of my favorite Chinese indie labels, has released “Emotion, No,” an Asian emo compilation that features eight bands from eight different Asian cities. The songs are either “punky” or “nerdy” and the lineup features great bands I’ve never heard of before, except Chinese Football, who is already gaining a following in America. If you can’t cough up the $999 to buy this compilation, you can just play it on repeat while you seek out each of these bands individually.
Note: In the info section on the album’s Bandcamp, apparently emo came from Chicago – is that a reference to Cap’n Jazz?
“Thank you for picking this compilation up, may the noise be with you.”
“Emotion, No” tracklist:
Side A – Punky
1. “Who Cares, Really” – Forests [Singapore]
2. “City of Hercules” – falls [Tokyo]
3. “Kitchen Counter” – Offseason [Okinawa]
4. “Waterfall” – MORETHAN [Yokohama]
Side B – Nerdy
5. “Last Emo Boy” – Chinese Football [Wuhan]
6. “Bokchoy” – Sage of Time [Shenzhen]
7. “Wellspring” – Beeswax [Malang]
8. “Catharsis” – Emptybottles. [HongKong]
Emotion, No / Qiii Snacks Records: Website Bandcamp