The Jakarta Post
Bandung rock band The Super Insurgent Group of Intemperance Talent (The S.I.G.I.T) is back in business with a new album called Detourn.
Detourn was released in March, more than six years since their highly acclaimed debut album, Visible Idea of Perfection, back in 2007.
During those six-plus years, they released two EPs, both of them filled with songs that were mostly additional material from the Visible Idea of Perfection sessions. They also raced around the country's rock circuit, visiting a variety of places and performing their songs numerous times.
The quartet's line-up remains intact: Rektivianto Yoewono on guitar and vocals; Farri Icksan Wibisana on guitar; Aditya Bagja Mulyana on bass, and Donar Armando Ekana on drums. Their zest, which can be heard in their music, is identical with that from six years ago.
'We won't release material if we think it is not as good as the songs on Visible Idea of Perfection,' Rekti said. That helps to explain why the band has taken so long to complete their latest album.
'The ideal state is limitless. The recording process won't give you an end date if you try to pursue everything. It will only stop you when you run out of time or money. In our case, we ran out of money plus we had also promised to release the album,' Rekti added.
'It's even harder when you make a public promise,' Adit agreed.
'Sometimes, we are our own worst critics. If we felt it wasn't good enough, this album may not have been released for another five years,' said Rekti.
For fans and the industry, the album is like a thirst-quencher; it is something that they have been awaiting for a very long time. Retail sales certainly point in that direction.
At Aquarius Mahakam, one of the leading CD retailers in Jakarta, Detourn currently tops its list of best-sellers, while at the Omuniuum online store, the album is also topping the sales list.
'It has been selling well since arriving at our store two weeks ago. The number of sales is growing,' said Boit from Omuniuum.
The reception was even greater as the band's label, FFWD Records, introduced a few deluxe versions of the album on vinyl, which sold out within a month of the album's release being announced.
The S.I.G.I.T is offering a fresh approach to their kind of rock music. The production on the album ' which was a long process ' comes across very well. These are four more-developed musicians with a deeper understanding of the music they like and want to play. The time they took to finish this album, which included a great deal of trial and error, lends a much sharper sound to the whole project.
'We did a lot of sound exploration, flowing from one song to another, working on beats and a few other things. Probably for some people, it will be quite hard to get this on the first hearing. This album is not as friendly on the ear as the previous one, but this is us now,' explains the band's drummer, Donar.
On the musical side, Rekti was given the opportunity to realize his long-held wish to have a flute and Irish whistle in one of the songs, 'Son of Sam'; admittedly, not a common choice of instruments for a rock band.
The S.I.G.I.T has presented an all-round rock album with Detourn. It has a good sing-along hit with the first single from the album, 'Let the Right One In', as well as the ballad, 'Owl and Wolf'. It also provides listeners with brisk rock n' roll in 'Conundrum', a reminder of what they did with 'Satan State' on Visible Idea of Perfection.
'We want to be like a super-fast racer on the track. We want to zoom to the front line with this album,' says Adit.
The quiet yet charismatic guitarist, Farri, adds, 'For me, what I have in mind with this band is still the same as it was 11 years ago. Just listen to the album; if you like it, we'll play it loud. If you don't like it, we'll play it louder. '