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Jakarta Post

Efek Rumah Kaca, Making the world (and some ears) hotter with their music

  • Mariani Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, April 12 2009   /  02:06 pm

When the indie band Efek Rumah Kaca (Greenhouse Effect) performed songs from their second album at the Hard Rock Cafe last Tuesday, the audience cheered them on. They, on the contrary, did not make any eye contact at all with their cheering fans while they sang. The vocalist, who is also the lead guitarist, Cholil closed his eyes. The bassist, who is also backing vocalist, Adrian stood straight and kept looking up. The drummer Akbar lowered his head while laughing to himself. There was not any stage action. They just hit the right notes, sang the right words and let their songs do the talking. The audience was clearly hearing the message. The combination of their three instruments with their voices made them sound more crowded than a three-man band. Their music, which they conveniently classify as pop, is influenced by a variety of music genres, like swing, jazz, rock...