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KYOTO PROTOCOL Pussycat single (Self-released)

I caught this Malaysian band at last year’s Baybeats Festival and to be honest, was not that impressed. There was nothing sufficiently unique about them amongst the scores of card-carrying “indie-alternative” rock bands that play at the Baybeats Festival every year.

However, I am glad to say that based on this brand new single, I have revised my opinion about Kyoto Protocol somewhat. The band (Fuad Alhabshi – Vocal/Guitar Gael Oliveres – Keyboards/Vocals Shakeil Bashir – Bass/Vocals Hairi Haneefa – Lead Guitar) have delivered a song that is an intriguing mix of Tom Jones-channeling vocals, 80s post-punk guitars and Dylanesque put-down lyricism (I like the line – “Don’t need your shit, I can swallow mine” especially)

Pussycat has been formally released through the following channels:

  • Both are for online download at US$1.05 a pop. Recommended.

    Official site


In a way, I make the opening title of this review for the last night of Baybeats 2010 sound like that of the Youth Olympics (YOG) – only because it is as epic as it should be.

It is rather a dismal fact that I began the first night of Baybeats 2010 with overtime, but the least I can do is to end it off with a bang – in which I did.

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I arranged my plans for Day 3 of Baybeats 2010 around my babies. :) Typically for me, I would go AWOL for the last day of Baybeats, because it was on a Sunday and I used to have to get back to work on Monday. I’d be knackered usually as well. But since I don’t work on Monday this time around and as Celina and the Zozi were making their Baybeats debuts, I had to be there to bask in their respective successes! Yes!

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And here we are, on the cusp of another Baybeats! I don’t know about you but I’m really excited about catching all the great bands over the course of this festival. Last time out, my head was too wrapped up with playing with Chris Collingwood that I confess that I missed most of the performances. No such distractions this year, I’m glad to report!

First up, we have the bands who auditioned for the right to play at Baybeats. For me, it’s going to be Basement in My Loft, The Zozi, Meltg Snow, Run Neon Tiger, Postbox and Cockpit that will take pride of place. Then we have the S-ROCK contingent viz. Lunarin, Suchness, Rudra, Typewriter and Celina Foo – all worth checking out.

Around the region, we have the likes of Prema Yin (Malaysia), Carlos Castanos, Camerawalls (Philippines), Santamonica (Indonesia), The Standards (Thailand), King Ly Chee (Hong Kong) and more. Further beyond our shores – Jon Auer of The Posies, David Choi (USA), Handsome Fur (Canada), Mixhell feat. Igor Cavalera of Sepultura (Brazil)…

What a lineup! See what I mean, quite a buffet of indie music, don’t you agree?

For full information about dates and time, go to the Baybeats site.

Don’t forget to patronize the various merch tables to get your souvenirs of what will be a truly memorable rock event! You know the drill, come up and say hi! I’m the guy with the silver hair…

Songs From The Year Of Our Demise Only You Face Control


Prema Yin is no stranger to the music industry in Malaysia. Having launched her EP, Eyo Eyo in August 2009, she has thus received great reviews from the local media. The press has dubbed her the upcoming “Rock Princess” of Malaysia. She was the winner for NTV7’s Malaysian Topstar in 2004. Although she was awarded a recording contract, she declined the offer and dived straight into building her experience and knowledge in the music scene. Prema demystifies her music making process for us.

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When: 5th August 2010

Where: KL Live

Time: 8pm

Ticket Price:

RM138 (16th July onwards and at the door)

RM160 (Upper Deck/VIP Zone)

VIP Ticket holders will stand a chance to win meet and greet passes!

Tickets available for sale at and Axcess outlets.

Ticket hotline: +603-7711 5000

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