The Experience Brothers: Killer Eye Contact

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Rock ‘n’ Roll, distorsi, The Beatles dan Bekasi adalah empat hal yang relatif minim keterkaitan. Namun oleh kakak beradik Ibrahim Saladdin dan Daud Sarassin semua perbedaan tersebut dipadukan menjadi kombinasi mencengangkan via entitas musikal The Experience Brothers.

Grup yang bermula sebagai trio bernama The Experience ini sejatinya bukan koalisi kemarin sore. Telah terbentuk satu dekade silam, November 2001, pun sempat menerbitkan album pada 2008 bertajuk Summer of Love. Namun di penghujung 2008 diputuskan dari tadinya bertiga mejadi berdua saja: Ibrahim Saladdin berposisi sebagai biduan sekaligus gitar, Daud Sarassin menangani drum serta vokal pendamping.

Tiga tahun setelah berkeputusan berformat duo, pada 2011, kakak beradik ini akhirnya merilis karya perdananya: Eye Contact. Bertaburkan 10 tembang serta 1 hidden track, genre yang dijalani masih sama sejak pertama berangkat bermusik yaitu “modern psychedelic rock blues”. Formula tersebut berupa saling silang antara The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, dicampursari dengan sound khas nan terkini ditimpali keyakinan hanya tampil berdua saja, instrumen gitar dan drum saja, baik saat rekaman maupun konser. Single pertamanya, “She’s Alright”, kental merepresentasikan genre yang disebut tadi. Plus tanpa melupakan aspek mudah dicerna, ramah bagi kuping, lagi gampang mengundang ajojing.

Sebelum final berkeputusan membeli albumnya, silakan yakinkan diri dulu, sambangi MySpace, bergabung di Facebook page-nya, atau datang dan saksikan langsung aksi mereka mumpung sedang sering diundang manggung terutama di seantero Jakarta!

English version

The city of Bekasi has never been much known for its musical talent, that is, with the possible exception of The Experience Brothers. The rocking’ duo are currently playing to packed audiences all over the place, not to mention having a new album out there.

After forming as a trio in 2001 and recording their first album in 2008 called Summer of Love, they decided to change the lineup to a duo, featuring Ibrahim Saladdin as the lead vocalist and guitarist, and Daud Sarassin in charge of drums and backing vocal. In 2011 they finally released their new album, Eye Contact, with the track “She’s Alright” as their first single. They call their mix of Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin and raw today’s music as “modern psychedelic rock blues”.

If you’re still not convinced, check them out first on MySpace and join their Facebook page, or try to catch one of their frequent live gigs around town.

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*This article was firstly published on The Beat (Jakarta) #49, October, 2011

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