Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kerispatih: Keepin' it real

They have released three platinum albums and have sung for the President, but members of the pop band Kerispatih are still realists. 

"Being mature in music does not always have to mean being idealistic," keyboardist Badai said at the Gran Melia Jakarta hotel on New Year's Eve. 

"It also means being able to adjust to what is needed and what is accepted by the public." 

This realization is what made them change gears. After starting out in 2003 playing ethnic music, the band switched to pop two years later, a move that brought them commercial success. 

After participating in the recording of a compilation album, Gulalikustik, in 2004, the band -- Hendra Samuel "Sammy" Simorangkir on vocals, Doadibadai "Badai" Hollo on keyboard, Arief Nurdiansyah Morada on guitar, M. Anton Suryo Sularjo Wahyu Nugroho Kusumo on drums and Andika Putrasahadewa on bass -- sealed a deal with record label Nagaswara. 

They have released three albums since: Kejujuran Hati (Heart's Honesty, 2005), Kenyataan Perasaan (Reality of Feelings, 2007) and Tak Lekang Oleh Waktu (2008), which all went platinum. 

The band played on the last day of 2008 at Gran Melia Jakarta's New Year's Eve's party. The performance was their first New Year's Eve gig since 2005. 

"The last few years we took it easy on New Year's Eve," Badai said. 

The band chatted with The Jakarta Post before their performance. They talked candidly about the uniformity of pop bands in Indonesia, their success so far, their 2009 resolutions and their experience of singing for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's album. 

"We couldn't believe it at first," guitarist Arief said about being asked to record a song written by Yudhoyono. The President's 2007 album Hening (Silence), was a compilation of songs he had written, performed by Indonesian musicians. The album sold more than 40,000 copies within three months of its release. 

That the President chose Kerispatih above other pop bands is testament to their popularity. 

Switching to pop meant having to deal with the tough competition in band-based pop music in Indonesia. They have to compete for fans with other bands such as Ada Band and Ungu and emerging bands such as Seventeen and D'massive, which are all strong in turning out sentimental romantic lyrics and easy-listening pop ballads. 

"The competition is tight. Every single one of them is pop. It sells," Badai said. 

"The type of pop they play is similar as well. Now, songs about infidelity are popular. Everyone is making songs about infidelity. One makes religious songs, then everyone makes religious songs. So it's hard." 

Sammy said that to beat the competition, the band always tries to come up with something new and fresh "while keeping it pop". 

Their next album, scheduled for release in 2009, will have significant breakthroughs in the lyrics, Badai said, although he refused to reveal their themes. "It's still a secret," he said. 

So far, their theme for lyrics has been romance, with the lyrics for every song inspired by real life situations. 

"We always make songs based on true stories. We have a philosophy that a song based on real life experiences will have more meaning," Badai said. 

The band's hope for 2009 is to have a big solo concert. 

"We also want the band to keep progressing," Arief said. 

Sammy said that 2008 treated the band well. "I think it has been a good year. Everything was enough for us," he said. 

Badai said that they want the band to be stable. "We aren't looking for an instant shot at stardom. If we climb too high, it will hurt when we fall," he said.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Download Keris Patih Album Tak Lekang Oleh Waktu

Conception of a musical form in music Kerispatih not expose technical details, they just put them in the ability of each instrument. Even though they can, but the main disampikan by Sammy (lead vocal), Storm (piano, synthesizer, voices), Andika (bass, voices), Eric (electric-acoustic guitar, voices) and Anton (drum) five young jebolan Musicians Institute Indonesia is the harmony that the ringing tone-pop that is easily accepted by the audience. It was also to be submitted by Kerispatih in their third full album through the canopy, not cracked By the time the cooperation with Nagaswara.
Band ledak full power pop anaesthetize known through the first single "I Forget" and "Heart of the same shape for Kekasih" a compilation album in a Gulalikustik, album production Nagaswara in 2004 that this is their third album is penyempurna from their previous two albums, Honesty Exercise (2005) and Kenyataaan The (2007). "If the first album it is still first, and then the second album is still searching for identity. But this third album, we find what we want. Therefore, we strongly hope that once this album can be accepted by all that is not limited. The quality of the songs still in the Reff that easy to remember and cathy plus all the factors supporting the feasibility of a pop, "said Storm, the mastermind of the album Kerispatih.
If we see with the song "When Rasaku This Rasamu" the first single didaulat be it music to greet the land clear impression of a music Kerispatih clear beautiful. The song tells about the expectations will be a value in love with this beautiful heave beat ritmis and composition of a potential pan request in radio and many will be a media darling of the property setlit origin Jakarta this band. If we scrutinize the composition and the other, "The Same error" clear direction and purpose of the open Kerispatih clear. A Balada another valiant heave with tempo is becoming another romantic track relay.
Songs such as "Sorry! I too Mencintainya "and" Here I have "will give a discourse on the different band, two songs in this we will gather from another dimension musikalitas them. A new way of approach will be wide open, not only that Kerispatih piawai in Balada melakonkan as their mainstay. The song with the skills that fascinate nan dynamic elements appear variatif with guitar and a sequencer thick. If Kerispatih usually get enlightenment ideas of Toto, for this album they get a lot of sound input and ideas from Aeromisth, Snow Patrol, Keane, and Chicago. The quality of the cord and song cycles Kerispatih recognize get input sound from the wide band Chicago.
Kerispatih recognize in this album they still play in the region's love affair and passion for the lyrics. But they love kerahkan empty whim of ideas, remember here about women who like balikin feelings, children, or not love terbalas. Which is to distinguish, if the lyrics on the two previous albums and more personal lyrics in this album with a more knowledgeable take a more wide ambience.
If that is by Kerispatih the song "Still There" will be said that they pour on this album. Balada filled with toxic stress intro rap form that will become a signature that is easily recognized and remembered. Sammy is the main vocal so sticky and integrates with the music Kerispatih. This is the capital into a big band. Have certain characteristics that are not owned by another band.
No album cracked By Time Kerispatih become recognized that makes perfect from their previous two albums. And this album will be a masterpiece of the trilogy musikalitas Kerispatih. Many things go in my mind that they eventually can be a maximum in this album.