I am not a Search fan. I am a music fan. Many times, I voluntarily go to concerts and live shows even though I have no clue who is playing simply because I like the atmosphere of enjoying live music with like-minded people.
And, because I am NOT a Search fan, I think I am entitled to write this review.
The Search Di Awan Biru concert was average at best. And yes, I think I could have done it better. Hire me next time to organize it. I’ll do it for free. Consider it my contribution to national service. Dengan rela hati.
Read fans’ feedback here: Search Di Awan Biru Fan Page
And read what a reviewer thinks here: Search Pukau Peminat (Search Hypnotized Fans)
Photos from the concert, courtey of Mstar. See them here.
WHAT I HATED
- F*cked up sound system AND poor showmanship. I have always maintained, no matter how much or how little money you have when organizing a concert, the 2 things you cannot skimp would be sound system and musicians. Forget about special effects and giant LCD screens. Fix the sound system and get good musicians and everything else would naturally fix itself. Let’s not even talk about the blackout that happened in the middle of the first set. With the exception of guest guitarist Kid, everyone else was playing as if they were sessionists at an Akademi Fantasia concert. Where’s the energy? Where’s the rockstar attitude? Just standing there does not a concert make. Search are not rookies. They are the grand-daddy of Malaysian rock scene. They are the Rolling Stones equivalent. Why were they so tame on stage? (p/s: I was taught a new term “shoegazers” which is perfect to describe what happened onstage that night.)
- What was the purpose of the giant LCD screen behind the drummer? Why did they put visuals of flowers and bubbles? Why couldn’t they just transmit the concert in real-time rather than putting flowers and bubbles? Or, just put the backdrop’s key visual – at least that would have provided a nice photo op. One more time, why flowers and bubbles?
- The uneven playlist. I think musicians should put more thought and attention when arranging their playlist. They should think about the moods that they want to evoke, how to sustain the energy and interest and how to work the crowd. Why was the playlist done in such a haphazard way? Was there even any thought being put behind it or did they just slap on popular songs and be done with it?
- The amatuerish banter. “Kuala Lumpur, nyanyikan!”. “Terimalah,”. Anytime these cliches came up, I screamed happily. It proved the point that I have been harping on for years. Our musicians need to learn to banter and communicate with the crowd.
WHAT I LIKED
Kid’s appearance, purely because he was the only one who seemed to be enjoying himself. Though his big reveal was spoiled by the unreliable sound system, his prancing around the stage made up for it and the energy in the crowd noticeably picked up when he came onstage.
My Rolling Stone’s t-shirt.
Being amongst hardcore fans, coz they made me realize that the love for good old rock n’roll music is not dead. We just lack good products.
WHAT I AM NOT BOTHERED ABOUT
Poor venue choice and crowd control. I know how hard it is to get good venues and to control 25,000 people. As long as there is no disaster or accidents, I am not bothered with having to stand all through a concert although my ticket said “Seating”; or having to walk 2 miles to the car. I was expecting it.
Punctuality. Saturday was a screwed up day for everyone thanks to the disruptive and annoying illegal rally. The concert was an hour late but I guess there was only so much of a control you could exert. KL was at a standstill through no fault of the organizers.
A concert is a social gathering event. You’re not there purely for the music, you’re there for the visual experience, the bonding with other fans, the energy high. Some problems, technical or otherwise, are expected. Fans are very forgiving. All they want is a rollicking good time singing along to songs that shaped their youth.
So what do we do now? We learn.
I give it 6/10; and that was because Amy said “Terimalah,” and I waited all night for him to say it. There was some parts that I enjoyed, but too many parts that I didn’t. Feel free to disagree.