The Changcuters

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The Changcuters
Origin Bandung, Indonesia
Genres Rock and roll
Years active 2005–present
Labels Sony Music
Members Mohammad Tria Ramadhani (aka 'Tria')
Muhammad Iqbal (aka 'Qibil')
Arlanda Ghazali Langitan (aka 'Alda')
Dipa Nandastra Hasibuan (aka 'Dipa')
Erick Nindyoastomo (aka 'Erick')

The Changcuters is an Indonesian rock and roll band formed in 2005 in Bandung. The Band consists of Tria (vocal), Qibil and Alda (guitar), Dipa (bass), and Erick (drums). They have released four albums, namely Mencoba Sukses (2006), Mencoba Sukses Kembali (2008), The Changcuters dan Misteri Kalajengking Hitam (2009), and Tugas Akhir (2011). Mencoba Sukses Kembali led to the group receiving the 2009 AMI Award for Best Newcomers. They have also played in The Tarix Jabrix trilogy. Their musical style is The Hives-and-The Rolling Stones-influenced.

Name[edit]

The name of The Changcuters is rumored to be derivation of "kancut" (Indonesian for male's underwear), as pronounced with a Sundanese accent. However, the band insist it was a pun of the name of a friend, namely Cahya.[1] Ricky Siahaan from Rolling Stone Indonesia said, "Even from their name you can tell that they’re a comical band."[2]

Career[edit]

The Changcuters was formed in 2005 by Dipa, Tria and Qibil. Later Erick and Alda, members of Qibil's former high school band, joined.[1][3]

In August 2006, assisted by Uki of Peterpan, they released their debut album, Mencoba Sukses.[1] However, due to limited distribution and promotion, the album did not sell well. Then, they signed a contract to Sony BMG (now Sony Music) and the album was re-released in 2008 with the name Mencoba Sukses Kembali.[1][3] The new album included two additional songs, namely "Racun Dunia" and "I Love You Bibeh". The musical style on the album is a mix of rock and roll and pop.[1] Several tracks from this album were included on the soundtrack of The Tarix Jabrix (2008), a film in which they acted.[3] As of 2009, the album has sold more than 75,000 copies.[2] This album won the band Best Newcomers at the 2009 AMI Awards.[4][5] Before releasing their second album, they released a single "Sang Penakluk Api", was included on the soundtrack of Si Jago Merah (2008).[6]

They launched their third album, The Changcuters & Misteri Kalajengking Hitam, in mid-2009.[1] On "Main Serong". Some of the lyrics deal with the lifestyles of urban youths, such as in "Bebek Beringas" and "Mr. Portal", which tell about a favorite motorcycle and a conflict with a security guard respectively. [7] "SDSB (Seputar Dago Seperti Biasa)" is about the night in Dago, Bandung. "Main Serong" is about infidelity. "Gembel Cinta" advise the listeners to not hold on to their broken hearts too long. "Remaja Masa Kini" describes youth delinquency.[6] The same year, they played in The Tarix Jabrix 2, a sequel to The Tarix Jabrix.[8] The last film in which they played, The Tarix Jabrix 3, was released in mid-June 2011.[9]

In mid-2011, Tugas Akhir was released. It drew influence from country, surf rock, and rockabilly.[10] Marcel Thee from Jakarta Globe described the album as nothing but a waste of soundwaves. He gave "Tari Getar" as an example of a parody which satirizes the big band genre, sounding like a poor version of the classic "Batman Theme". He wrote that the single "Only Love" tried to show breezy nuance, but failed because of Tria’s breathy vocals, which deprived the limp melody of much-needed power. "Filosofi Rock N Roll" apes the dirtier edge of rock, with inspiration taken from Little Richard, complete with distorted vocals draped in heavy reverb. On "Surfing Di Arab" the band mixed surf rock and Arabian music, with the result described by Thee as sounding like the confused lovechild of Dick Dale and Aladdin.[11] Ricky Siahaan of Rolling Stone Indonesia wrote that the album had some funny lyrics, such as in "Bu Lisa", about a student who fell in love with his teacher, and "Mama Papa Pujaan", a compliment to the parents. He described "Cuaca Ekstrim", which is about someone who caught a cold, as having a "serious" tone but "catchy" melody. Its CD cover design is alike student's final task cover, and illustrates the theme of the album.[10] One single from this album, "Parampampam", was released in January 2011.[12] The lyrics are bilingual and invite the listeners to learn English.[13]

Styles[edit]

They describe their musical styles as a mix of rock, funk, punk revival, indie pop, jazz and blues.[1] Kris Putranto from Nu:B Magazine said that their musical styles is similar to The Strokes, noting that the intro of "Racun Dunia" is exactly the same as The Strokes' "Last Nite".[2] Chris True from Allmusic wrote that the band is also influenced by The Beatles, The Doors, Aerosmith, The Stone Roses, and Oasis.[14]

Mariani Dewi from The Jakarta Post said their fashion style gave them a distinct style. They usually wear very tight pants and have old-fashioned hairstyles.[1] Putranto said that their appearances mixed that of The Hives and The Rolling Stones.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Dewi, Mariani (5 April 2009). "Cheeky Changcuters: Hitting the right comic note". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Comic Rockers Say They're the Real Deal". Jakarta Globe. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Changcuters". KapanLagi.com. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bawa Pulang Piala, The Changcuters Serasa Dapat Bonus". KapanLagi.com. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nominasi AMI Awards 2009". KapanLagi.com. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Mencoba Semakin Sukses". Rolling Stone Indonesia. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Ardiansyah, Hasief (8 February 2011). "The Changcuters". Rolling Stone Indonesia. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "'TARIX JABRIX 2', Petualangan Taklukkan Kota Metropolitan". KapanLagi.com. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Sudarmanto, Teguh Prayoga; Sofyan, Eko Hendrawan (14 June 2011). "The Changcuters Unjuk Kebolehan Bermusik di Tarix Jabrix 3". Kompas. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Siahaan, Ricky (23 August 2011). "CD Review: The Changcuters". Rolling Stone Indonesia. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Thee, Marcel (2 September 2011). "The Changcuters Borrow Styles But Lack Substance". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "'TUGAS AKHIR', Kesimpulan 3 Album The Changcuters". KapanLagi.com. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  13. ^ Mudra, Abhaya (8 February 2011). "The Changcuters Perkenalkan Single dan Penampilan Baru". Rolling Stone Indonesia. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  14. ^ True, Chris. "The Changcuters". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 April 2012.