A belated Ramadhan greeting and an early Aidilfitri wish.
It’s been a while. I haven’t been particularly busy. Just particularly lazy. It is that particular time of the year anyway when I feel all hollow and emptied-out. A phenomenon I can only attribute to the seasonal mood swings I tend to experience during cold winters abroad, an affliction I might have brought home with me to these humid climes.
It’s heartening however, to tell you that the band that I’ve been rehearsing with is officially a Band and I’ve decided to call it Monsun; an offshoot of my previous failed venture: Monsoon. The official line-up: Ledge – Vocals/Guitars, me – Guitars/Vocals, P – Bass, Idge – Drums.
So far we’ve been jamming a lot of Padi songs as they are our favourite and perhaps we strive to achieve their kind of heart-felt, modern but rootsy rock. As far as original material is concerned, there have been 3 or four originals written by our vocalist/guitarist Ledge, but the firm favourite (well, mine at least) seems to be this poppy mid-tempo number the title of which I can’t seem to recall. There’s another one called ‘Something Wonderful‘ but we can’t seem to play it without sounding cheesy and contrived.
The latest jam session we had was last Saturday at Bani’s. It was the best rehearsal I’ve had it quite a long time. The most outstanding tracks we played were (all Padi songs) Menanti Keajaiban, Prolog and the rocking Ketakjuban. My usual amp at Bani’s is the MG Marshall Combo but during this particular session I switched to a small Fender. With my Yamaha AES620, a Boss DS-1 distortion and DD-9 delay, the sound was what I have always dreamed off. The simple controls of the Fender made it very easy for me to shape the tones at the amp and pedals. And Idge’s drumming that night was superb. A little confusion during the middle break in Ketakjuban but otherwise we absolutely rocked.
So there. There’s a new original song in the works. Haven’t heard it yet but Ledge said it’s a rocking heavy one. Looking forward to that. Wish us luck!
p/s. Gimme band-name suggestions.