The Jakarta Post
Throwback: Australian band Miami Horror are set to perform in four Indonesian cities later this month as part of the Road to Soundrenaline 2019 music festival. (Courtesy of Miami Horror/-)
Australian synthpop nu-disco band Miami Horror have announced the Indonesian dates of their 2019 world tour.
After performing in Peru and Ecuador earlier in June, Miami Horror are set to perform in four Indonesian cities later this month.
They are scheduled to perform in Bandung, West Java, on July 27; Makassar, South Sulawesi, on July 28; Bandar Lampung, Lampung, on Aug. 3; and finally in Semarang, Central Java, on Aug. 4.
Their world tour will end with concerts in several cities in the United States in November.
The concerts in Indonesia are part of the Road to Soundrenaline 2019, a precursor series of concerts featuring local and international acts in various cities in July and August. The Soundrenaline Music Festival itself will be held at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, on Sep. 7 and 8.
Founded by Benjamin Plant in 2007, Miami Horror rose to fame with eclectic remixes of various songs, both bootleg and official. Its first EP, Bravado, was released in 2008 with Plant as the sole member.
Later on, Plant was joined by Josh Moriarty as guitarist and vocalist; Daniel Whitechurch on the guitar, bass and keyboard; as well as Kosta Theodosis as the drummer. Their first single “Sometimes” was released in 2009, followed by their first studio album Illumination in 2010.
The band previously performed in Indonesia in 2013, with two members - Plant and then-drummer Aaron Shanahan – sharing the stage with French house act Slideback at “Night Out Sub Stream” in Foundry 8, South Jakarta.
Miami Horror’s latest single, “Restless”, was launched at the end of June, two years after their EP The Shapes.
Musically, “Restless” is a throwback to Miami Horror’s collaborative, producer-based beginnings with a dreamy, 70s-esque vibe. A retro music video directed by Keenan Wetzel accompanied the release.
“Restless” was done in collaboration with Los Angeles-based producer Kevin Lavitt, who Plant discovered through Instagram. An as-of-yet untitled studio album is in the works, slated for release sometime this year.
“For me, music has always been about completing a vision and trying to make something stand out. Allowing outside collaboration really opens me up to complete that vision without being restricted to my own skill set,” Plant said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post.
“The Shapes was always meant to be a one-off conceptual project, so once that was complete I began moving back to the original creative process that Miami Horror started with; a simpler approach to production and a continued emphasis on outside vocalists.”
“I love putting two people in a room that wouldn't normally work together and seeing what comes of it,” Plant said. (ste)