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Jakarta Post

Surabaya scene awake after long slumber

  • Nuran Wibisono


Surabaya   /   Sun, July 4 2010   /  02:28 pm

Surabaya was for some time a major contributor to Indonesia’s music industry, shining as brightly as the music scene in Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. In fact, Surabaya is once known as the home of rock, with big names such as AKA and SAS bands of the 1970s, as well as top names of the 1990s such as the likes of Dewa 19, Boomerang, Power Metal, and Padi coming from this city. These days, Surabaya’s music scene is virtually in suspended animation.The last Surabaya-based band that could make a splash is VOX.VOX, playing the style of country rock music mixed with the touch of The Beatles and The Beach Boys, relying on powerful harmony, was one of the 12 finalists of the first independent band festival organized by a leading cigarette producer. In 2007, VOX released an album titled Pada Awalnya (In the Beginning), under Aksara Record. Thereafter, the group was missing in action and Sur...