[GIG ALERT!] It’s been a while since I’ve played at No Black Tie in KL. So when some Japanese friends said they are coming to town with one of the best indie bands in Japan, I took the opportunity to put together a co-bill gig featuring the said Japanese band, myself and a really good homegrown band. Come join us!!

Please book your seats nice and early as this is expected to be packed.

Gig Details:

Time: 9.30pm
Date: Saturday, 16th January 2010
Admissions: RM30 per head
Venue: No Black Tie
Address: 17, Jalan Mesui – Off Jalan Nagasari. 50200 Kuala Lumpur.
Booking: +603 2142 3737

Band Introduction:


I first saw the Sixers last year at No Black Tie. They play a 70’s-influenced brand of blues-infused rock and they do it without the sort of MTV-infected-plastic-cool that commonly plague new bands. Featuring the inimitable Khairil M Bahar, the Sixers do something that all good bands do well – i.e. each individual member plays within himself and works hard at being part of a solid collective. There is also something open and infectious about their stage presence in that they come across like a working band rather than some weird ass vehicle for some axe-hero wannabe. Anyway, I love their sound and unassuming charisma. Come check out a great Malaysian live band that should go very far indeed.


One of the shitty side effects of my offshore touring and involvement with films recently is that I don’t get the chance to play in KL as much as I would like. Yet there is no doubt that meeting and playing with artists from all over the region has improved me as a musician. So I am really looking forward to playing in No Black Tie again. Billing myself with two rock bands might seem an odd decision, but I think it will work better than having three rock bands playing back-to-back. I kinda fancy having a mellow set amid two rock sets. So I’ll put myself in the mix and play a solo acoustic set. Should be fun. Anyway, it would be good to see you guys again – please come!


There is a little known fact that a huge proportion of chart-topping J-Pop acts come from the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka. In Doc Holliday & Apache Train, you not only have a Fukuoka band that has a large following all over Japan, but whose energy and freshness has earned them numerous spots in music festivals in China, Korea, and Thailand. Like the best of contemporary popular Japanese art, Apache’s music is a fusion of many unexpected elements – from blues to rock to pop to soul – and they carried it off with audacious aplomb and the help of a couple of zany dancers. If you like left-field humor of Miike Takashi’s films, you’d love this band’s performance. Uniquely Japanese.