Q&A Scene: Cherry Rock 016 Special: The SIGIT

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

We’ll be playing Cherry Rock Fest 016, opening for You Am I prior to that and touring Victoria and NSW with Devil Electric afterwards. Our last album is called Detourn and Rolling Stone picked it as best Indonesian album of 2013. But it’s not available in Australia at the moment. In fact we have not released anything in Australia since our debut in 2007, though we would love to.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Padangese food and Sundanese food, traditional food from our country, rich with spice and herbs, sometimes with bizarre material. Assimilation between Indian, Chinese and other Asian dishes. You could find some restaurant serving these around Melbourne but not quite the right stuff, because we are the real deal. haha

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?
Probably Red Summer and Conundrum from “Detourn”. We feel very strong about the theme and the arrangement. We love to mix thing up in terms of genre and style and add our little humour too. That’s why there’s Obama, Osama, and our former dictator cameo-ing there. That should be enough to piss some one off.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

Songs on our debut album is mostly anecdotal or became true, which is scary. Scariest one would be that time when the we crash landed in Jakarta, and half of our crew quit after that and still they refuse to travel with plane to this day (with other bands).

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Mostly from our environment. Dunno it’s that or us being easily annoyed, but we strongly recommend Australian band to move here for inspirations.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Wishes won’t wash dishes, but Hatched Upon The Age by Comets On Fire
What’s next for you?

We got Indo and Malaysia tour scheduled after Australia. Hopefully finish some songs and record new LP later this year.

What’s your scene?

Bandung and Jakarta is known nationally as a city for the musician, especially in the 70’s when Indo Rock gods like Shark Move, Giant Step, The Rollies dominated the record industry. Despite our grumps and sneers, we deeply in love with all, the people, the foods and the chaos. Those made us what we are today and we would not change a thing.


Indonesian quartet The SIGIT (The Super Insurgent Group of Intemperance Talent) produce exhilarating mixture of hard-rock that has earned acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone Indonesia. The SIGIT was initiated in the late ‘90s by four high school friends, who shared a mutual admiration for rock gods of the ‘70s. Discreetly in the classroom, the group would listen to their ‘70s influences, in addition to recent phenomenon like Brit-pop, shoegaze, and modern punk-rock. After class they would re-convene in the garage, where they emulated the variety of sounds and styles they heard that day. The SIGIT’s wide range of stylistic interests made it difficult initially to identify the music scene that would fit their inventive material.

Formed in the early 2000′s, a time when artists like Limp Bizkit and Britney Spears were dominating airwaves, The SIGIT wondered how their rock-based tendencies and reverence for multiple styles would be received by audiences. To find out, they began to send out invitations to a weekly garage gig, which featured beer, barbeque, and The SIGIT’s engaging music. The audience’s reaction was extremely positive, and the four-piece realized they would not be forced to confine to radio conventions to gain listeners. Their authentic love for good old rock ‘n’ roll would be more than enough.

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