‘Hurricane Honey’ wows Indonesians

Aziz Idris

Local rock band, Hurricane Honey brought along an array of hits during a live performance at Kustomfest ‘Back To The Roots’ 2019 in Yogyakarta (Jogja), Indonesia recently.

The veterans of rock music in Brunei were given the honour to open the show as the first artistes to perform at the annual customs festival.

Kustomfest 2019, a two-day premier automotive custom festival, attracted some 20,000 visitors. It showcased a variety of top Indonesian and regional custom works from bikes to hot rods as well as culture and entertainment at a venue six times larger than Bridex.

The music veterans took the spotlight with a stripped down performance of seven songs from their first album Seasons in a 30-minute show in front of a massive crowd.

The band managed to warm up the crowd as the first artistes on stage with their haunting vocals, sultry riffs and head-banging rhythms.

Among songs performed included Love is on the Run, Rat in a Cage, Ruby and Mosquito Bite which they won a competition to shoot the music video with Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd.

The five-member band is comprised of vocalist Nol (C), guitarists Aya (L) and Spawai (2nd R), bassist Midi (2nd L) and drummer Pol (R). PHOTOS: HURRICANE HONEY

“The definitive moment at Kustomfest 2019 was when we played Love is on the Run where the Indonesian people were very responsive displaying positive vibes,” said Nol, the vocalist/guitarist of Hurricane Honey.

With the support from Progresif, the band managed to travel to Jogja and showcase local music talents overseas. “The hospitality (in Jogja) was second to none,” said Nol, adding that the city is famous for its cultural richness and unique historical heritage. The band also visited famous Yogyakarta landmarks including the Borobudur during the trip.

Among other acts performing during the Kustomfest 2019 included Didi Kempot, a popular Indonesian singer of the campur sari (a blend of traditional Javanese and modern music) genre.

“We played our biggest show so far at the event and loved every minute of it,” explained Nol. After the show, the Indonesian crowd also requested for autographs and selfies much to the delight of the band members.

Hurricane Honey’s roots go far down the rabbit hole – right down to 2006, in a basement in a house called Sommerville, where five friends came up with the indie pop rock band known as I Mean The Snakes (IMTS).

Looking for a new direction, they set out to purposefully pave a new way for their music and thus Hurricane Honey was born in 2017.

The five-member band is very comfortable performing together on stage with over a decade of experience and countless gigs around their belts.

They have performed in Malaysia extensively and have recently done a gig in Bangkok.

Its members consist of Nol (vocalist), Aya (guitarist), Spawai (guitarist), Midi (bassist) and Pol (drummer), all of who have been active in the local music scene.

Their songs from the first album Seasons can be found at all major music streaming services such as Apple music, Spotify and many more.

According to the band, the sound can be described as the genre of “desert rock” ranging from influences of Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood and Stone Temple Pilots.

Hurricane Honey is gunning for more live music performances at festivals around the region. “There are already a few music festivals we are gunning for where there’s bigger volume.”

To keep up with the momentum, the band also revealed that a second album from Hurricane Honey is currently in the works called Fashion Island which will be laced with the sound of ’80s music lovers crave. Although they are still fine-tuning the tracks, the band said the album will include a total of eight songs which aim to foster rolling vibes of good-time camaraderie.

“A series of classic 80s movies influenced the themes and sound of our next album,” explained Nol before adding that Stranger Things from Netflix obviously is “a close link”.

They believe that although ’80s music as a whole has faded out of the limelight, there is no doubt that it continues to influence the sound in the music that is being made today.