“…communication is the key, that’s what make us closer each day. We are grateful to have chemistry from one another.”
– Piri Reis
Fast riffs, loud and anger, the Shah Alam emoviolence – Piri Reis has set themselves actively playing at any shows around the country recently. Full blast with tight musical structure, they will be on tour in Japan around September 2016 and it’s good to see more our local acts to perform outside of the country. After Blood On Wedding Dress, Dirgahayu, Osmantikos sort of had performed in Japan, now is their turn to share the Malaysian vibe of hardcore punk among the local Japanese. In this interview session, they had shared a pinch of flavor of the stories and experiences on what is it Piri Reis is actually.
Q: Piri Reis is a combination from few bands with different genres too. How do you guys suits with each other?
A: I believe it’s because we all love and listen to this kind of genre. Having bandmates from different kind of. Genre also is beneficial to us as we can experiment with the melody itself. And communication is the key, that’s what make us closer each day. We are grateful to have chemistry from one another.
Q: Who is actually the mastermind behind all the song’s composition and the lyrics content?
A: We would like to say that everyone is a part of something in the band, especially the song. One of us can came out with the raw tunes first and everyone will follow the flow until a song is formed. In terms of lyrics, usually Mira will do it and everyone will give a thought about it.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your equipment, sort of the effects, guitar’s features and those kind of things?
A: We don’t use many pedals and stuffs but yeah hahaha,
- Arwith : Stratocaster Guitar, Boss Metalzone.
- Farhan : Fender Jazzmaster, Ibanez Tubescreamer, Boss Tuner
- Jaka : Fender Jazz Bass MIJ, Proco Rat 2, Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner
- Fakhri : Tamburo Snare, Cadesom Cymbal, Pearl Paddle.
Q: What do you expect or hope from any events that you have performed or upcoming, in terms of space,facilities and crowds such as?
A: We don’t have any demand or expectation in terms of space or facilities as we only play for fun. We appreciate if they have a space for us to play as we all know everyone is struggling to give their best for people to have fun. In terms of crowd we always hope they will enjoy our set and have fun watching us perform, and love our song. And the most important thing is we had fun performing.
Q: Talking about the process from your demo untiL 10 inches split with Coma Regalia, how it was started until it has been done?
A: From the early days , the band already wrote 4 songs , we wrote another 3 songs for the Coma Regalia split and recorded in the same session as demo , initially the Coma Regalia split should be only 3 songs from our side because the label Middleman records want to release a 9” vinyl release but due to the overprice for the 9” vinyl the label decided to make a 10” and that when we have to added one more songs for the split which is – ‘When Life Hand You Grenade’ from the demo.
Q: You guys will be having a tour Japan alongside with ACxDC (California Powerviolence), Tiala (Tokyo Jazzcore) plus many more on this upcoming September. So tell us how do you guys make it from the beginning until end?
A: Basically, it all started from just casual chat among us. We always wanted to go further and we took the casual chat into something more serious. It’s frightening but it’s something that we know we must do it once in a lifetime because why not? From there, Arwith starts to contact a few people there and we started discussing through email and luckily Shiro from Sto Cosi Cosi and his friends, like Yuichi and Minoru are kind enough to help us, plan the road tour, setup the show and even touring with us until now. We are really thankful. In monetary terms, we must admit it is quite hard because of the currency and price in Japan is expensive but we gotta do what we gotta do.
Q: How do you view the Japanese local acts then and now?
A: We must admit Japanese local acts are always awesome and move forward from time to time. They don’t just stay at one place, they grow. As we also adore many bands from Japan such as Killie and Tiala and also other genre such as Toe and Melt Banana. They are just skilled and perfect.
Q: Any further plans; changes or improvement in terms of sound for Piri Reis?
A: After Japan Tour 2016, we have a few plans to release new stuff but it’s all still under process. We are still going to jam together to polish up our skill and performance as well as creating new sounds. We think for improvement in terms of sound maybe just from the aspect of technical and skill as we know we are quite lack of it, but still sustain the same genre and sound. There’s always a room for improvement and we always want to do better.
Q: Last words?
A: We would like to say thank you Karim for this interview. And thank you to everyone that listens to us, it means a lot. Keep supporting everyone that want to do better for themselves because we do!