I went to one of Jakarta’s yearly rock festival called Jakarta Jam (in short Jakjam) 2 days ago (22/2). Actually I wasn’t interested in attending any concerts held by Java Musikindo, but seeing electrocore band, I See Stars, on the set list for Jakjam’s first day, I quickly went to the nearest record store and booked myself a ticket. The days went by and I found myself anticipating it as the event drew nearer and nearer. I am, a big fan of I See Stars.
The weather was surprisingly nice that day as I arrived to Senayan Tennis Indoor Stadium with some friends of mine. After a short check by the security, who made sure that none of us bring any prohibited items, my friends and I proceeded to the waiting place and queued for the gate to open. There were a bazaar sponsored by brands such as Crooz, Macbeth and Petersaysdenim while Indonesian indie rock band, The S.I.G.I.T, entertained the waiting crowd which consisted of mostly junior high and senior high students.
Doors opened at 6.30 pm sharp and we quickly made way to the front of the stage. After waiting for about half an hour, the first act, NeverShoutNever started the set. I was expecting an acoustic set since I only knew NeverShoutNever to be an acoustic one-man act, but instead Christopher Drew and his crew played a full band set, singing songs that were unfamiliar to my ears. Wearing the Indonesian Soccer Team uniform, Ingle captivated his fans with his wit and funny messages, resulting in a sing-along session. He ended the set with hit song, “Big City Dreams” and waved goodbye to the fans. There was no encore.
Second band of the night was I See Stars. They opened the set with their new song “The End of the World Party”, marking the day their new album’s release. After that they performed songs such as “What This Means to Me”, “3D”, and “The Big Bad Wolf” infusing the crowd with some energy boost, despite being unfamiliar to their songs. I, for one, went totally nuts during I See Stars’ set, moshing and headbanging with my mate, in our very own private mosh pit. Though the sound system was slightly flawed, I must say that I enjoyed their set thoroughly. My only disappointment was that they played less than 10 songs, while I wanted more and more.
The main highlight of the event, We The Kings, appeared after an extensive sound check done by their roadies. I quickly realized that most of the people who came are actually We The Kings’s fans as I heard the stadium grew noisier when Travis Clark and his band mates came out to greet the crowd. They started off with songs from their new album while progressing backwards to songs from their older albums. The night’s most fantastic moment was when Clark played a one-man show with his guitar, singing two songs acoustically, one of it being “All Again For You”. Everyone went silent while throwing their hands into the air, swaying to the wonderful performance. After another song, the band retired backstage. Soon enough people were shouting for an encore, and the concert cliche happened as the band came back to sing more songs for the audience. Singles such as “Secret Valentine” and “Check Yes Juliet” rocked the night, and I felt re-energized when the band played a rendition of a Jimmy Eat World song, “The Middle”, as the latter band was one of their main inspirations.
The concert ended at around 11 pm with the crowd tired and satisfied. I can say that I had a really great time, so I shall give two thumbs up for Java Musikindo’s professionalism (definitely better than Ismaya), and I’ll be looking forward to attending more concerts organized by them.
Over and out, Arlinka