Banana Punk Rawk Trails: A Euro-Fools Metal Punk Journeys in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia. Between 2010 and 2015, travel writer, author and metal punk guitarist Marco Ferrarese was the one and only white elephant in the room of the Malaysian metal punk scene.
A European inbred metal punk fool stranded in a globalised world of transnational extreme music chop suey.
In this highly electric and graphic memoir, Ferrarese tells you how it was to play lead guitar in Penangs thrashcore band WEOT SKAM, negotiating flimsy stage set-ups and shady promoters in order to gel into a developing worlds music scene.
He takes you on a no-frills road bonanza scouring for sonic extremities across the whole length of Malaysia and Borneo. He chases down long-haired metal punk descendants of Iban headhunting tribes, scrawny Bidayuh anarcho–punk rockers, Kadazan-Dusun activist artists, skullcap-toting Muslim death metallers, and gets you a seat in WEOT SKAMs rickety van for a DIY sleigh ride through the bowels of Jakarta and the vulgar, bogan-filled streets of Bali. Will your seatbelts fasten quickly enough?
Enclosed also a compilation Cd with local bands!
Banana Punk Rawk Trails: A Euro-Fools Metal Punk Journeys in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia
Marco Ferraeese Writer short bio:
Marco Ferrarese is an independent researcher and freelance writer. He is author of Nazi Goreng, and Banana Punk Rawk Trails: A Euro-Fool’s Metal Punk Journeys in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia, and has reported from all over Asia for a number of international publications including BBC, CNN and National Geographic Traveller.
MARCO FERRARESE has been a ‘professional’ underground metal punk guitar slinger between 1994 and 2007.
He hit the most famous and infamous stages across Europe and the United States playing metal punk guitar for The Nerds, and toured with and booked shows for bands the caliber of Cripple Bastards, Slough Feg, Orange Goblin, Weedeater, Brothers of Conquest, MINSK, Bible of the Devil, Last Vegas and countless others.
He travelled across 60 countries and lived in Italy, the United States, China, Australia and Malaysia.
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