Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pop Tak Masuk Radio - the story + photos

We're anxiously waiting for the master CD for our new album, Pop Tak Masuk Radio, to arrive from Jakarta, anytime today! Once it arrives we'll surely upload as many songs as possible onto our Myspace + Reverbnation players. I almost got a heart attack earlier today when I checked the package's status on Fedex's website, and saw that it has in fact arrived in Sepang last night, but has somehow made its way to Guangzhou at midnight! Imagine the horror I felt, LOL. But it's now back in Sepang this morning, so I'm feeling much better now, hehe.

As you may already know, this is going to be our first all-Malay album, and to make things even more interesting for us, we've decided to record at one of the oldest studios in Malaysia at King Musical Industries in PJ, a studio now called The Red Room, run by our old friend Reza (of the band Saturnine). It was a great, fun experience for all of us, but we'll let the photos tell the story:

Vintage looking mixing board, always a good sign...

King Shahrin marveling at the vintage drumkit

Macam best je...

Pretty picture of a Hammond organ... ooops I meant Ariana!

Stop taking our photos lah!

Tense look after botching another damn take!

Sikit lagi bro, sikit lagi pusing...

Hensem la tu kononnya... hehehe

Kasi lagi feel beb...

Acoustic guitars are HARD to play!!

We finished recording before Raya this year, and then sent the album to be mixed and mastered by talented Indonesian hero, J. Vanco (who's done albums by Efek Rumah Kaca, Sore, Vox, Annemarie and loads more), who's done a great job getting the best out of our usual shambolic performances.

We really can't wait to let you hear the results, so do check out the new tunes which will surely be up this weekend on our Myspace + Reverbnation music players, and do get all your friends to check 'em out too because after all, this is Pop Tak Masuk Radio!!

When will it be out? If all goes well with the pressing plant, we'll start selling the album at the Flyniversary Concert on 14th November at 1 Utama's Central Park Avenue. It's a free show and the CD will cost you only RM10, so do come and be the first to own the new album!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Jalan-jalan cari makan!!

Last week we went to Sg Petani for a gig, but being the food fiend that I am, I've already planned a raid on some of the nice food places that I remembered from my last trip there, so here we go!

Day One - 17th October 2009

Went out from KL around 9am, stopped at Restoran Jejantas Sg Buloh for breakfast (sorry, I forgot to bring out the camera, too hungry, hehe) and ate some Nasi Lemak (aka fragrant coconut milk rice). Nothing fancy, but I did have to take about 3 toilet breaks on the highway as a result of the sambal!!

Arrived in Sg Petani at 2pm and had lunch at the venue (provided by the organisers), so our initial plan of having lunch at this fantastic Mee Goreng (aka fried noodles) had to be shelved. Our set went pretty well, and the Sg Petani kids rawked!

Night came, so we went straight for my next target, a stall in Sg Petani selling Nasi Lemak Bungkus for just RM0.50 each, and this includes Nasi Lemak Ayam! Unfortunately, the shop was not open that night, so we went for whatever nasi lemak stall we could find, and found one selling Nasi Lemak Bungkus for RM1.00 (again, forgot to bring camera, too hungry, ahahaha!).

Finished the night by going to a Fun Fair and got ourselves some burgers after that to end the night (I know, we kinda eat a lot don't we? Hehehe).

Day Two - 18th October 2009

Finally, we got the chance to go to the fabulous Mee Goreng place I was talking about (it's opposite the old bus station), and just look at our happy faces!

Waiting impatiently for our orders....

Mee Goreng + Pasembur - they actually pour some Pasembur sauce on top of the Mee Goreng! Niceeeee

The cooks...

Happy customers...

Happy customers + cooks giving the thumbs up!!

After filling our stomachs nicely with the Mee Goreng + Pasembur as breakfast in Sg Petani, we then started our journey back to Kuala Lumpur, but not before we stop in Ipoh first for lunch at the infamous Nasi Ganja!!

Welcome to Hollywood... oops, Ipoh!!

Kedai yang muhibbah...

The infamous Nasi Ganja (aka Cannabis Rice... LOL)

Happy faces about to consume some ganja man...

I am ganja-ed!

I am ganja-ed too, you're next uncle!

The shop sign

Look ma, NO GLOVES!! And he's the one putting the food on our plates. So that's why it's gooooooood, hehehehe. I heart you, uncle!!

We arrived safely in KL around 5pm, with our stomachs nicely full. Moral of the story? Selalulah jalan-jalan cari makan okay geng? Melancong dalam negeri pun ada bestnya, makan! Hehehe.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Onak Duri Bersama Couple - cerita Shahrin

Nama aku Mohd Shahrin Bin Ismail, aku sudah berumur 21 tahun, hampir 4 tahun aku bermain dengan band Couple ni. Sedikit sebanyak nak jugak aku kongsi pengalaman aku bersama band gatal ni. Selama 4 tahun aku main dengan Couple Alhamdulillah takde banyak masalah. Kalau ada masalah pun masalah sakit otak, sakit jiwa, dan sakit mental hehe.

Aku join band ni sekitar tahun 2006 masa tu dierg baru mengeluarkan 1st album dierg Top Of The Pop! Terus terang aku cakap aku bukan peminat dierg. Sebelum aku join Couple aku pernah pergi gig dierg sekali je hehe. Mase tu dekat Little Havana Bukit Bintang. 1st time tgk apa la band macam ni punye simple pun bole main gig dgn lagu slow, mmg tak masuk dengan jiwa aku yang memberontak ni. Mmg tak patut!!!! Haha!

Tapi lantak la. Lepas tgk dierg buat gig tu aku ada gak la tgk2 page Myspace dierg check it out sket! Hehe . Time tu band ni perlukan drummer, so aku terus contact Aidil aku habaq aku berminat nak tawarkan diri aku kat band Couple ni. Lepas dierg mengeksperimen kan aku, lepas sebulan gitu aku ditawarkan masuk ke dalam band Couple ni, macam dapat tawaran universiti bile Aidil msg ko berminat tak? Aku pun cakap I berminat la you.

Mase tu jugak Ariana pun baru join Couple dan mase tu bassist dierg Ojooe. Ojooe la rekemen aku kat Aidil habaq aku ni tititititititit. Pastu dapat la masuk. 1st gig aku kat Starbucks Uptown Damansara, Digi punye ape ntah. Dierg ajak Couple buat show akustik.

Lepas tu Couple diajak untuk beraksi dekat Singapore pulak. Gila tak gila la 2nd gig kat Singapore, gila la! Baru masuk da wat passport sume! Dengan Couple 1st time aku pergi ke luar negara, Singapore. Naik KTM!

Pastu da kat Singapore ada interview dengan MTV aku da la tak pnah interview ni tuk2 MTV ASIA! Cuak gile tapi redah jela. 3 slots mase tu kena interview MTV POP INC, MTV ROCK IT, MTV JUS!l Best la cube benda2 baru ni kan.

Gig-gig sampai lebam, tahun tu jugak aku dapat main Rock The World 7! Berlinangan air mata aku duk atas indie stage tu. Yeala dulu2 duk tgk kat cd je bile la aku dapat main kan. Band sendiri pun jamming je. Dekat RTW7 la aku pakai seluar sekolah pendek koyak sendiri, tak pakai baju buat show kat Rock The World! Gile rock star! Baru masuk kate kan culture cok! Hehe.

Main punye main da nak buat 2nd album ahai! 1st time jugak dalam hidup dapat rekod album iaitu 2nd album Couple, Teenage Disc Fantastic. Lepas da rekod 2nd album, show2! Dapat pulak main gig KAMI alahai rezeki makin melimpah dan mencurah2! Seronok gile dapat main gig KAMI tu hoi! Naik bus ramai2! Dgn band2 lain pergh! Rase macam kat oversea la katekan. Seluruh semenanjung aku dapat jajah kecuali Perlis dgn Terengganu.

Makin lama mase semakin berlalu tahun berikutnya Couple buat showcase sendiri dekat MCPA. Seronok! Show sendiri! Ramai orang datang nak support band Couple ni. Dapat jugak organize gig sendiri. Selepas tu bermula la chapter baru tahun 2009. Keberangkatan bassist baru name nye yang mulia Awang Masrin. Dia pun join Couple sebab Ojoe ada kerja lain. Lepas tu….aku sambung nanti la cerita ni…..penat…


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Couple goes acoustic?

Last Friday we did something we've never done before, and something I personally never thought we could actually pull off with any degree of decency, which is to do a full band acoustic set. We've done acoustic sets before, but usually with just minimal instrumentation like just one guitar and one bass, or 2 guitars with no bass, and always with just a tambourine, shaker or a snare drum to keep time.

When you have someone like Yuna also on the bill (whose music is perfectly suited to an acoustic setting) and Stonebay (who are very skilled musicians), it's kinda scary for such rudimentary punks like us to attempt to do our fast songs acoustic. But we went for it anyway. Almost everything was slowed down, and I tried my best to not screw up the solos (the acoustic guitars we borrowed were kinda hard to play, ahahaha).

The stage and lighting was nice, and the ambience was suitably mellow, so we started with Say Hi (which one of our friends said reminded him of the Juno soundtrack when we did it acoustic that night - betul ke ni? Tak mau bodek2 tau... hehehehe), and just worked our way right through the last song, Come Back Again (which we played so slow, another friend asked me if that's a new song! I'm not sure whether that's a good thing or not, hehehe).

Anyways, this set should be aired for the new season of Homegrown on 8TV in the near future, so do keep an eye out for it, and yes you can laugh at our screw ups during the set! If any of you readers are from Sg Petani, we're playing there this Saturday 17th October 2009 at 2pm at Carnival Waterpark (next to Cinta Sayang Resort), supporting Hujan for their Mencari Konklusi tour. See you there?

Oh, and last but not least, thanks to Azam Hashim for the photo!


Monday, September 28, 2009

Couple plays The Beatles - this Friday night!!

This Friday, 2nd October 2009, we'll be playing a Beatles tribute gig at Bar Sonic @ Zouk KL, organised by our pals Twilight Actiongirl, to commemorate the release of the new The Beatles remasters CDs that's been bankrupting sooo many people worldwide (especially those hunting for the Mono boxset, which I failed to pre-order from Amazon 'cause it sold out so fast).

After deciding on which songs to play (trust me, it's not easy, there's just so many essential Beatles songs out there, and being the incompetent musician that I am, I obviously can't play them all), it's just remarkable how weird the chords are, yet how memorable the songs are, even for the seemingly 'simple' ones.

I just watched High Fidelity again recently and was again reminded that making a live setlist is actually not that different from making a mixtape. There's an actual art to it. In The Beatles' case, what DO we play? Hey Jude? Yesterday? I Wanna Hold Your Hand? Let It Be? Come Together? Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds? All You Need Is Love? Yellow Submarine? Seriously, the list is endless.

I've always been kinda opposed to doing what's obvious. Like when I'm sure everyone was expecting us to just rehash the formula in Top Of The Pop, I decided to make a naughtier, punkier album with Teenage Disc Fantastic, just like how Top Of The Pop was way different than what people expected from us after hearing our Turning Melancholy To Magic and Telegrams From The Heart EPs.

As for the songs I listed above? They're kind of obvious as Beatles classics, aren't they? I'm sure you can find a lot of pub bands who do those songs flawlessly around the city, so why should we do them, right? So, what should you expect from our set this coming Friday night? Beatles classics, of course, but not what you'd normally expect, I guess. That, and a whole lot of rock n roll!

See you there then? And of course, do tell all your friends about it!!


p/s: The gig's at Bar Sonic, Zouk KL, Jalan Ampang, this Friday 2nd October 2009 @ 10pm. Entry before 10pm is free (I think, or maybe it's RM20, not so sure, hehe), but do come early cause we'll be playing first and after that TAG will be spinning as much Beatles tunes as they can think of.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pop Tak Masuk Radio!

As some of you might already know, we've just finished recording the songs for our next album, which will be called "Pop Tak Masuk Radio." We've sent the album out to be mixed already, by whom you ask? Well, let's just keep that a secret for the moment, make it a surprise for another post maybe?

Anyways, this time we've asked our good friend Zharif (who did the cover + artwork for Top Of The Pop) to again do the cover + sleeve for this album. Some drafts have already been going back and forth between us since July, and this is in no way the final version for the cover art, but who knows, the way we always change our minds about things, it might even be the actual cover art! Checkidout yo!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mission statement

Hey you kids!

After much deliberation we've decided to start our own blog, separate from our Myspace page's blog so that we can just update whenever we want and how much we want without worrying whether that previous blog containing the lyrics from this or that album would suddenly disappear from view.

So the plan is, with this blog, each and every one from the Couple team can write whatever they want about whatever topic they want whenever they want. Since this is just an intro, we'll keep it short + sweet. Hope you'll enjoy the page!