Madrotter on Bandung rockers "Homicide", their music and battles with the FPI.
Walking through Jakarta or Bandung you might've seen youngsters walking around with the t-shirts of "Homicide". They were only the second Indonesian band ever (I think Mocca was the first) to get 4 stars for one of their albums (The Nekrophone Dayz) in the Asian edition of the Rolling Stone magazine as well as in Tempo Magazine and the Jakarta Post. They broke up in 2007 but still have a huge following.
With one foot in the punk-movement and another foot in the hip-hop scene they put out 3 albums plus a 500 copies only split-album with Oregon based MC Homeless. They were one of the most outspoken political bands in Indonesia ever, communist/anarchist in their thinking, earning them an intense hatred from right-wing Islamic groups like the Front Pembela Islam (FPI) and there was a time when you never knew what would happen when they were performing.
Godzkilla Necronometry album cover.
They received death threats on a daily basis, especially after the release of the album "Godzkilla Necronometry", which contained the song "Puritan (Godblessed fascists)":
"Puritan" deals with the burning of left leaning books by the FPI and other groups a few years previously in Bandung.
This was one of the things that led to the raiding by the FPI of the small bookshop Ultimus in Bandung, which sold a lot of left-leaning books, among lots of other things, and where small underground bands could regularly perform. The attack on Ultimus was done WITH HELP of the police and the military, the FPI came in busload after busload, all the books were taken, the shop ransacked and some people beaten up so badly they went into hospital.
Homicide's band logo
Homicide was Morgue Vanguard, producer, rapper, designer of all the merchandise and cd covers, rapper Sarkasz (who has a brother playing in...... Peter Pan), Dj E-One on the turntables, rapper Punish who left the group quite early, and Andre on guitar.
Nowadays, Morgue is working hard, supporting his family doing graphic designing but is busy with his new group Trigger Mortis and some side-projects like the Phenam Phlegm album with yours truly, Madrotter.
Dj E-one is still with his other hip hop group Cronik, while the others have left music altogether.
For more Homicide music and info:
Also you can download a few of their albums (with permission) at:
You can buy their last album, Illsurrekhun, at the Remains store in Jl. Cihampelas in Bandung and there's probably still some for sale in distro's around Jakarta.