Voice of Baceprot

Voice of Baceprot (pronounced 'bah-che-prot')—often abbreviated as VOB—are an Indonesian all-female rock trio formed in Garut, West Java in 2014.[1][2][3] The group consists of Firda Marsya Kurnia (vocals and guitar), Widi Rahmawati (bass), and Euis Siti Aisyah (drums).[4] They sing in English as well as Sundanese. The word baceprot means "noisy" in Sundanese. It is meant to represent the band's musical style.

Voice of Baceprot
Voice of Baceprot op het Valkhof Festival 2022 05.jpg
Voice of Baceprot performing in 2022
Background information
OriginGarut, West Java, Indonesia
Genres
Years active2014 (2014)–present
Members
  • Firda Marsya Kurnia
  • Euis Siti Aisyah
  • Widi Rahmawati
Websitevoiceofbaceprot.com

HistoryEdit

FormationEdit

VOB formed in the West Javan city of Garut in 2014. They generated numerous views on YouTube with a cover of a Rage Against the Machine song in 2015. The trio continued to produce videos of cover songs by artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, and Slipknot, which gained them attention from both local and international media.[citation needed] The band presented a seemingly contradictory image, with their heavy style of playing, in contrast to their modest Islamic attire, including the hijab, worn by all three members.[5] This has caused them to receive criticism from some conservative Muslims in their hometown of Garut.[1][6] They have also received support, however, from various quarters.[6][7] All three girls had been learning to play musical instruments at school and were encouraged by their theatre coach to sign up for band competitions. Their coach went on to become their manager as well as lyricist.[8][9]

First single and recognitionEdit

In 2018, VOB signed a deal with Jakarta-based booking agency Amity Asia. Not long after, they released their long-awaited debut single, "School Revolution". The single gained the band significant traction and they received a number of invitations to perform at international music festivals.

When American rock band Guns N' Roses played at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta in November 2018, guitarist Slash invited the trio to meet him backstage.[10] They received further endorsements on social media from Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, as well as Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid.[11]

Second single and live EPEdit

In early 2021, VOB returned to the studio to work on "God, Allow Me (Please) to Play Music", their first original single in three years. The song was released on 17 August 2021, preceded by an EP of five live tracks, titled The Other Side of Metalism (Live Session).

Band membersEdit

  • Firda Marsya Kurnia – vocals, guitar
  • Euis Siti Aisyah – drums
  • Widi Rahmawati – bass

DiscographyEdit

EPs

  • The Other Side of Metalism (Live Session) (2021)

Singles

  • "School Revolution" (2018)
  • "God, Allow Me (Please) to Play Music" (2021)
  • "[NOT] Public Property" (2022)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Lamb, Kate (9 June 2017). "The schoolgirl thrash metal band smashing stereotypes in Indonesia". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "HIJAB-CORE! Meet the Indonesian All-Girl Muslim Metal Band, VOICE OF BACEPROT - Metal Injection". Metal Injection. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Indonesia's hijab-wearing Muslim metal group smashes barriers". South China Morning Post. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  4. ^ 12WIRED (16 August 2021). "God, Allow Me (Please) To Play Music". Voice of Baceprot. Retrieved 21 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Badass hijabi all-girl metal band gain viral fame in Indonesia". SBS Indonesian. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Indonesian all-girl Muslim metal band 'Voice of Baceprot' challenges stereotypes". www.geo.tv.
  7. ^ Kurnia, Firdda; vocalist; Baceprot, guitarist of Voice of. "Meet Voice Of Baceprot, The All-Girl Metal Band Making Waves In Indonesia". NPR.org. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  8. ^ Dean, Sri (30 May 2017). "Badass hijabi all-girl metal band gain viral fame in Indonesia". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  9. ^ Shindu Alpito, Agustinus (7 June 2017). "Tiga Hijaber Metal". Medcom.id (in Indonesian). Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  10. ^ Al Farisi, Baharudin (18 August 2021). Setuningsih, Novianti (ed.). "Profil VoB, Grup Band Rock Perempuan Asal Garut yang Mulai Go International" [Profile of VoB, a Girl Rock Band from Garut who Started Going International]. Kompas (in Indonesian). Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  11. ^ Rahadian, Bagas (7 May 2020). "Voice of Baceprot Dapat Pengakuan Tom Morello Usai Cover Lagu 'Guerrilla Radio' di TV" [Voice of Baceprot Gets Tom Morello's Recognition After Covering 'Guerrilla Radio' on TV]. hai.grid (in Indonesian). Retrieved 19 May 2022.

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