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Puppen: Lessons from A Pioneering Indie Band

  • Felix Dass

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 6 2011   /  01:01 pm

Arian13 (right) hugs Robin during a concert. courtesy of PuppenNine years after its breakaway, the band still has every reason to be remembered.Puppen was a pioneer of Indonesia’s independent music scene. Formed in 1992 in Bandung, the band released three albums and a few singles before it was disbanded a decade later in 2002. In the 1990s, nobody could deny the fact that the band was an agent of change. They gave so many lessons to their small do-it-yourself environment. They were one of the gangs that made Bandung famous for its breathtaking indie music.Puppen was the home of different musicians. The band saw a few different members with only one constant. That person was its frontman Arian Arifin, known as Arian13.“Back then people always remembered Puppen having me as the frontman. In fact, the band had two engines running together. The other one was Robin,” Arian13 said, refer...