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White Shoes & the Couples Company going American

  • Hasief Ardiansyah

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 16 2008   /  10:25 am

JP/Ezar P Darnadi While many Indonesian bands can only dream about performing at major international music festivals, White Shoes & the Couples Company have done so -- twice -- in the space of a few months. Accolades from respected music websites including All Music Guide and Rollingstone.com led to the Jakarta indie-pop sextet releasing their self-titled debut in the U.S. late 2007 under prestigious Minty Fresh Records. Since then, the band made its maiden voyage to the United States last March to perform at South by Southwest, a music festival in Austin, Texas known as a breeding ground for up-and-coming acts. In late October, the group returned to the U.S. for an invitational performance at the New York-based CMJ, another music festival known for showcasing fresh talent from around the globe. However, touring in New York was not without its problems. ...