Bunkface

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Bunkface
File:Bunkface.jpg
From left to right: Sam, Youk, and Paan.
Background information
Origin Klang, Malaysia
Genres Punk rock, pop punk, alternative rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Bunkface Production
Associated acts The Azenders
Coda(Band)
One Buck Short
Dichi Michi
Robot Asmara />
Website www.facebook.com/bunkfaceband/
Members Sam
Youk
Paan
Past members Jabar
Biak
FaEast

Bunkface is a Malaysian Punk rock band from Klang, Malaysia formed in 2006. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Sam (Shamsul Anuar), bass guitarist and back up vocalist Youk (Farouk Jaafar), Paan (Ahmad Farhan), lead guitarist, and back up vocalist.The name Bunkface came from a suggestion by Biak (former drummer) which the name was influenced from Sum 41's song titled "Crazy Amanda Bunkface". Popular songs by Bunkface include Silly Lily, Situasi, Revolusi, Prom Queen, Through My Window, Ekstravaganza, soldier, Dunia, Panik, Jatuh, Agenda Jahiliah, Rentak Laguku and most recently, Malam Ini Kita Punya. Their fanbase are called "Bunkers".[1]

Biography

Lesson Of The Season

In December 2007, Bunkface released their first EP titled "Lesson Of The Season", featuring 6 English tracks, mixing a pop-punk/rock alternative sound. The hit song "Silly Lily" was number 1 on Hitz.fm's Malaysian Top Ten for 8 weeks and number 1 on Fly.fm's Campur Chart for 10 weeks.

Mainstream Success

After their EP "Lesson of the Season" in 2007, "Bunkface" then released their first Malay single titled "Situasi" in 2008. Originally the song was intended to be recorded in English,but Youk suggested the band record it in Malay instead. A few months later, "Situasi" took the local Malay radio stations by storm and hit number No. 1 on Fly FM and steadily stayed at No. 3 on Era FM for 3 weeks. Bunkface won the Rockstar, Break Out as well as the Ultimate Shout! Award in the inaugural Shout! Awards which was organised by 8TV and held for the first time at the Stadium Bukit Jalil. Their achievements at the awards drew the interests of the organizers of the One Movement For Music Perth (OMFM), who subsequently invited them to perform at the festival, held on 16 to 18 October 2009. This marked their first time performing overseas in Australia.[1] Bunkface performed at Jar Music Live's Showcase @ Monster in Kuala Lumpur and were picked by JMG's affiliate Asian A&R's to perform at the Maldives Breakout Festival. The band was on tour in 2010 as part of the Apex Tour, that included dates at the O2 Academy in early October 2010. During their tour in the UK, Bunkface were offered record deals by a few UK label groups. But the band declined as they felt they needed to strengthen their base in the ASEAN region first.

Through My Window

Bunkface joined the Everyone Connects campaign by TMNet and sung the song "Through My Window", which was used in the campaign's television advertisement. The song was first heard over the airwaves when an anonymous CD arrived at radio stations in the country.[2] This mystery generated an immediate buzz among the public, who wondered who the artists behind the song were. Bunkface's popularity soared when the reveal was made. Discussed widely throughout Facebook and Twitter, many commented on the viral and infectious nature of the song. Its fan base so far numbers more than 17,000 and it has garnered more than 3.7 million online mentions and over 6,600 video and audio uploads on Facebook.[3] The song even attracted a large crowd to a public sing-along at Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur which also became the largest sing-along event in Malaysia.[4]

Phobia Phoney

In March 2010, Bunkface released their debut full album, Phobia Phoney. Phobia Phoney is made up of 6 English songs and 4 Malay songs. Included are their hit singles such as "Situasi", "Revolusi", "Ekstravaganza", "Prom Queen", "Soldier", "Escape Dance" and "Dunia".

Side Project

In mid-2010 Sam formed a side project called The Azenders along with his friends from other bands such as Izal (Bass) from One Buck Short, Ajam (Synth/Strings) from Dichi Michi, and Kudut (Drummer) from Robot Asmara and released their first single on Facebook and their Myspace page called "Ladies & Gentlemen" which garnered frequent plays on local radio stations. The band also released their 1st Malay single in "Peribadi". The band has also released "Livin Rock and Roll" recently, another single.

Successful Hong Kong trip

On 23 March 2011, the Hong Kong Asia Music Festival (HKAMF) was held at the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Center, Hong Kong. This festival was organised by the nation's IFPI and involved six countries from across Asia namely China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia and the hosts themselves. Japan, initially an expected participant in the festival, was forced to resign their act, Ikumi Kumagai because of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. In the preliminary round,Bunkface performed 'Escape Dance'. Fierce competition narrowed the participants down to four acts- China's Wu Qiong, Singapore's Kewei, South Korea's The Boss (band) and Malaysia's Bunkface- into the final stage. For this stage, all selected participants were tasked to play their own choice of any popular song from another artiste. Scoring criteria were strict. Bunkface's performance of "We Are the Champions", originally by Queen, earned them third place overall in both stage and vocal performances. Through this festival, the band successfully proved themselves on par with other popular Asian artistes. They also made a video clip for their single "Dunia" in the city of Hong Kong.

Second Album and Bunkface in Indonesia

Early 2011 was a quiet time for Bunkface as their previous single was released last year. However, in June bassist Youk announced that the band were working on new material for their upcoming album. "We will emerge with a new single and a second full album in the near future, with expected release in August," he said. Before that, Bunkface had performed in Indonesia's Makassar Fest and received positive reviews. Indonesian Bunkers created a Facebook page to support and promote Bunkface all around Indonesia. On 9 September 2011, Bunkface released their new single titled "Panik?". The song was actually written before the release of their first album, "Phobia Phoney". It was recorded in Jakarta and was a big-budget production. Bunkface successfully performed in Jakarta's Urbanfest 2011 on 20 November 2011 and impressed in their showcase on the next day at Jakarta's Hard Rock Cafe. Offers came from 5 different recording labels which has representatives present at the showcase. Contract talks are still under negotiation and consideration. Bunkface received the special honour of being invited to appear on Indonesia's popular talk show Bukan Empat Mata, after Dato' Siti Nurhaliza and Amy Search, who were the previous Malaysian guests. They performed their biggest hit single "Situasi" on the show.

Panik Controversy, BF Rock Station and Bunk Not Dead

At the end of 2011, the Malaysian government radio station Radio Televisyen Malaysia made the controversial decision banning airplay of the newly released single "Panik". It was initially reported that this was due to the word "reformasi (reformation)" in the lyrics, allegedly a favourite among Opposition leaders during political campaigns, therefore making "Panik" an anti-government song. The denied airplay angered both Bunkface and their fanbase. "I do not understand the reason for the song to be banned. Is it wrong for us to use the word? There is no bad influence in the song. The "reformation" that was meant in "Panik" is not related at all to the "Reformation Movement" of the opposition parties," was Sam's answer after being questioned by reporters about the issue on the night he had won The Best Young Composer from the MACP. Subsequently, RTM's Screening Director released a statement saying the problem was not with the word "reformasi", but the cuss word "celakamu". She also stated that RTM did not ban airplay of "Panik", but merely discouraged it. Eventually, Bunkface released a clean version which was approved.

On 16 January 2012, Bunkface successfully launched their own jamming studio and merchandise store with the name "BF ROCKSTATION", located in Subang Jaya. It also doubles up as their office and café.

Sam revealed in an interview that the name of their upcoming second album will be Bunk Not Dead. The album will include 13 new songs, 9 English songs (including unreleased songs like Bunk Not Dead and More) and 4 Malay songs (including singles Panik?, Kita Perang Kita Menang and Jatuh). According to the band, the album will show a more mature side where the songs are heavier and lyrically darker than their previous work.

On 17 July 2012, Bunkface launched the second album: Bunk Not Dead at Subang Jaya. The album took two years to be completed.


The first single named "Panik?",was recorded and done completely in Jakarta, Indonesia, and it cost a total of RM 16,000. The remaining songs were recorded in Iseek Music Studio, located in Kota Damansara. Mixing was done by another Jakarta studio. "Bunk Not Dead" was distributed by Warner Music Malaysia.

Malam Ini Kita Punya (Tonight's Ours) (2014)

Malam Ini Kita Punya was released on 3 October 2014.[5] The album contains seven Malay tracks including hit singles "Malam Ini Kita Punya" and "Darah Muda". All tracks were written and composed by Sam. It is their first album that produced by Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia following their signing to the recording company earlier in the year. For the promotion of the album, Bunkface was chosen as DiGi x Deezer Spotlight Artiste of the Month. Bunkface is the first act to be featured in DiGi x Deezer Spotlight session from Malaysia.[6] On 16 August 2015, Bunkface was invited and performed at the 2015 Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo, Japan.[7][8]

Musical style and Influences

Bunkface considers their music as Pop Punk, and they have cited Sum 41, Green Day, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, The Offspring and Nofx as their main influences.

Music Videos

  • Hyper Killer (2007)
  • Silly Lillywaeq (2007)
  • Bunk Anthem (2008)
  • Prom Queen (2009)
  • Through My Window (2009)
  • Revolusi (2010)
  • Situasi (2011)
  • Panik (2012)
  • Anugerah Syawal (2013)
  • Anugerah Syawal (Media Prima ft Idola Kecil Ultra)
  • Rentak Laguku (2014)
  • Malam Ini Kita Punya (2014)
  • Darah Muda (2015)

Band members

Current members

  • Sam – lead vocal, Rhythm guitar
  • Youk – backing vocal, bass
  • Paan – lead guitar

Former members

  • Jabariah – Bass ( 2005–2006)
  • Biak – Drums ( 2005–2008)

Touring & session members

  • Ejam Coda – Drums, percussion (2008–2012)
  • Gjie 6ixth Sense – keyboards.Synths (2009–2011)
  • Wawa – Keyboards, Synths (2010–2012)
  • Wan 6ixth Sense – Drums, percussion (Bunk Not Dead Tour 2013–present)
  • Ajam – Keyboards, Synths (2013–present)

Discography

Awards and nominations

Bunkface awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Totals
Awards won 15
Nominations 30

References

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