Thursday, November 8, 2007

Congrato and salute to Y2K!!!

Masked punk rock band Y2K triumphed at Malaysia’s first-ever GBOB Challenge National Finals held on November 3 at Kuala Lumpur’s filled-to-capacity Club 18. Aside from the honour of representing Malaysia at the World Finals in London, Y2K also walked away with RM50,000 Ringgit Malaysia (approximately USD15,000) and inclusion in a commemorative GBOB Challenge Malaysia 2007 compilation album to be produced by Life Records.

Old school rockers Revenge came in close second in their full hard rock and heavy metal glory to clinch the RM10,000 (approximately USD3,000) Ringgit Malaysia runner up cash prize. The Malaysian leg was concluded after a six-month search that has seen over 65 bands registering for the national competition and where 15 remained to battle it out over two successive nights of preliminaries held on November 1 & 2, also at Club 18. Y2K first blasted onto the local indie music scene in 2002 with each member bringing their unique influences and origins into the mix, fusing genres and languages, the group still retain the pop-punk ethos. Y2K recently finished their debut album, “Pizza Salsa”, a blistering barrage of pop, punk rock, hip-hop, metal and ska in English, Malay, French and Japanese. Y2K have been a staple of the Malaysian music scene since their formation, busily playing show after show throughout Kuala Lumpur, Terrenganu, Penang, Melaka, Johor Bahru and Singapore, building up their reputation as excellent showmen. They performed at the Fat Festival in Thailand, the Duduluran Rock Fest in Bandung, Indonesia and the last Rock the World Festival.