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Jakarta Post

New record returns to roots, offers music from the heart

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 31 2011   /  06:00 am

It has been a tremendously busy year for Gugun Blues Shelter (GBS).

The local blues band completed its third United Kingdom tour, culminating in a performance at the Hard Rock Calling music festival in London’s Hyde Park.

The band has also been active playing to local crowds and as a result has seen its popularity increase among Indonesian music fans.

Offstage too, GBS has had a hectic 2011, releasing three new records, two of which have 30 new songs.

This year, the band has been focusing on international releases, with two new records aimed at music lovers in the US and Europe.

After releasing Far East Blues Experience in January, the band launched a second album, Solid Ground, in October with support from New York-based indie label Grooveyard Records.

If Far East Blues Experience was more like the band’s greatest album, comprising the be...