“ Genre: World Music / Artist: Koes Bersaudara / Import / Audio CD released 2010-05-03 at Sublime Frequencies „
Koes Bersaudara is probably not a band you've heard of, that's ok, they're old and were never really marketed in the West but as the world has become a lot smaller due to the internet, there are more and more international garage releases. The name translates to Koes Brothers.
Koes Bersaudara started off in 1960 and went on to change their name in the 70s and be one of the most popular bands out there, in the mid 60s though bands like the Beatles led them in to trouble with the government, rock n roll was seen as an evil at the time and this comes through in their rebellious songs about the jailer and being in jail.
Tinny guitar riffs sound like the poppier songs of The Rolling Stones, the band are quite steady though and don't venture off in to too many wild solos but rather keep playing variations of the same repetitive riffs again at a faster speed. Originally an Everly Brothers type act, they do opt for an acoustic and more melodic sound on some tracks but they also go wild - "Poor Clown" is a classic garage track, noisy and raw.
The recording is pretty raw and the guitar sounds are a bit out of tune at times, the band's songs are catchy but I do not think that they are anywhere near as talented as their female counterparts "Dara Puspita" and if it's one Indonesian artist you give a listen, make it the latter.
This 1967 album is pretty much a compilation of the band and can usually be found as "The Guilties" but the album is actually called "To the so called The Guilties", released by Sublime Frequencies, it's one of their better albums but it's not worth spending more than £9.99, the original LP which looks identical is worth about 10 times more though!