The Brandals’ Eka Annash and BAPAK.’s Kareem Soenharjo to debut “noise punk band” on Boiler Room

Indonesian musicians Eka Annash (The Brandals) and Kareem Soenharjo (BAPAK.) Join forces in a noise punk collaboration for a Boiler Room livestream.

The event on June 20, entitled Respect Our Elders, serves as both a fundraiser and a “celebration of the wisdom, resilience and patience” of the Asian community in the face of anti-Asian racism.

Respect Our Elders is organized with the Asian-focused British label Eastern Margins and offers collaborations with Asian artists from all over the world. In addition to the collaboration between BAPAK./Brandals, these include Lorin Roser and OHYUNG from the USA, the singer Taigen Kawabe from Bo Ningen with his solo project Ill Japonia (London) and Mai Nguyen Tri (Tokyo) as well as Liao Zilian (Liverpool) and Jaeho Hwang ( Seoul).

Kareem, the multi-moniker musician also known as BAP. and yosugi has voiced his excitement over his boiler room set, an opportunity he calls “bloody surreal”.

The musician told fans on social media that his collaboration with The Brandals frontman is a “noise punk band” promising new songs that will be available exclusively on the stream. “Could be the only time we play these songs,” he said. Eka has once again confirmed that the collaboration will be a “one-off appearance”.

“The Southeast has something to say and it’s fucking loud,” Kareem said.

Respect Our elders will raise funds for four UK and US charities that serve all disadvantaged Asian communities in their respective cities: AYC (Los Angeles), CAAAV (New York), Hackney Chinese Community Services (London) and Kanlungan (UNITED KINGDOM) ).

Eka released new music with The Brandals in March and released the song ‘Belum Padam’ after founding guitarist Tony Dwi Setiaji left in December 2020.

BAPAK. released their debut album ‘Miasma Tahun Asu’ in August last year. It was one of NME’s 25 best Asian albums in 2020, and writer Azzief Khaliq called it “a reflection on – and of – a damaged, crumbling world.”

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