Overthrown @ Bay Beats 2013

Overthrown - Front man Racthmad Zainal

Overthrown – Front man Racthmad Zainal

I really don’t know how to start this article but all I can say is that Overthrown is one of the best hardcore bands of this era not just in Southeast Asia but globally. I’m always a big fan of New York Hardcore (NYHC) and always looking for the traditional sound of it. Look no further ’cause OT is very true to the sound, the message and idealism behind what HC is all about. They truly are “hardcore” figuratively speaking. If you grew up listening to Agnostic Front, Madball, Strife, Earth Crisis, Terror, Hatebreed and SickOf It All you would definitely like OT they’re kinda mix of those influences. 

Overthrown - Guitarist Shahrizal

Overthrown – Guitarist Shahrizal “Jai” Zainal

Overthrown - Bassist Fadhli Hotdog

Overthrown – Bassist Fadhli Hotdog

Overthrown - Drummer Yusof Ismail

Overthrown – Drummer Yusof Ismail

It’s been a blast working with OT from the videos and photo shoots they are very easy to get along with and down to earth. Don’t misjudge them if they didn’t greet back or wave back it’s either they’re just very focus on the show or very nervous. They’re very professional musicians they know what they’re doing and you can see the passion in them. That is why a lot of kids and other bands look up to them and inspired by them. Singapore is a small country and people might think that the hardcore scene is nonexistent. Some may say that hardcore is born on the slums or the ghetto but we know that every human has a point in their life to struggle and you have to fight back, we do that everyday to succeed, to get by and reach our goals. Hardcore is not all about hardships and pain it’s also about friendship, family and unity. Like Racthmad said “It’s not about the color of your skin… we are all brothers and sisters… If a person falls down on the mosh pit try to help them up.” or something like that – to think of it is a good metaphor in life. OK enough with the preaching. Here are the photos from OT’s Bay Beats 29th June 2013. Hope you enjoy this as much as enjoyed the show.

Overthrown @ Bay Beats 2013 - POWERHOUSE Stage

Overthrown @ Bay Beats 2013 – POWERHOUSE Stage

Overthrown - Front Man Racthmad

Overthrown – Front Man Racthmad “It’s your turn!”

Overthrown - Guitaris Jai doing his riffs

Overthrown – Guitaris Jai doing his riffs “Ja Ja Ja Ja”

Overthrown - Bassist Hotdog getting his groove on

Overthrown – Bassist Hotdog getting his groove on

Overthrown - Drummer Yusof warming up

Overthrown – Drummer Yusof warming up

A video still from their upcoming music video (wink)

A video still from their upcoming music video (wink)

…And The Crowd Goes Wild!

I’ve seen a lot of gigs in Singapore and I can say that the hardcore crowd is just “OK” I guess maybe kids now a days are shy on really getting in to the idea of “slam-dancing” or “moshing” and this is understandable ’cause Singapore is a small country and this kind of “idea” is usually categorized by the older generation (including the law) as inappropriate behavior. So some are just testing the waters and if they like it they go all the way if some jerk teases then we lose one potential “mosher” (if that’s even a word). All of this image (in my mind) of the usual crowd were wiped out when I saw how OT made them swirl like a whirlpool – yeah actual whirlpool on the mosh pit which seldom happens here and mind you it happened in Bay Beats were most mainstream fans gather round and have some drinks and snacks and I’m not even being sarcastic. This goes to show that the underground scene supports each other even they might not mingle with each other all the time or despite some artistic differences or different genre of music but when it comes to this everyone is united. This is a local band were talking about and we must support the local scene to keep it alive and to get the recognition it truly deserves. It’s like an endangered species you have to protect it to keep it alive. OT has been doing this for 17 years (and counting) they have toured around the world but being recognized on your homeland and called as “LCHC LEGENDS” is enough for them to keep them going and be proud of what they’re doing. Singapura is proud of you guys we salute you!!!

To view the complete set visit my Flickr Photostream.

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