After listening to Bunkface’s ‘Akhir Zaman’, I can finally say that pop-punk is dead, if Bunkface is your benchmark for the genre.
I haven’t caught up with the band since I saw them live at MTV World Stage in Sunway back in 2010. I was there to see Katy Perry in a tutu, not them. I have standards, okay.
However, it has come to my attention that they’re still playing their Vans-Warped-Tour-type-of-music and their latest single ‘Akhir Zaman’ got some buzz on social media and so I gave it a play, regrettably.
I won’t go into detail about how the track sounds like, there’s just not much detail to talk about. The video below represents how the track sounds like, just with better production value. (Props to the mixer).
The lyrics, however, is a revolutionary tale of the
world Malaysia that is in chaos, due to your standard old people eating money for breakfast and obviously, gay people.
One line of lyric that got the most attention among Netizens was “LGBT pergi mampus”, which translates to “LBGT can go to Hell”. And all dem gays were so angry they’re still squeezing their buttcheeks. Oh shit, I guess I am too.
Music connoisseurs Incel fucbois commented that this is the song Malaysia needs, given all the horseshit that we’re currently going through as a country. But the song doesn’t feel like it does, except for a quick cash-in about corruption vaguely hinting that it’s done by a politician but not mentioning any names. Okay, I take back what I said about punk being dead, it just neutered.
So, what are the bold things they’re talking about? The first line reads “Agama ku agama ku, agama mu agama mu,” which translates into “To you your religion, to me mine,” and then proceeds to say the queers can go to hell, and then how the people in power are taking our money.
At this point, I’d like to leave the song here for your easy referencing, but on second thought, why give them the plays? Here, instead, is a YouTube of a decent local punk band…
It’s not “edgy” to say things that the majority of people already agree on. I could say “f*ck people who dip pisang goreng in kicap” and everyone would kiss me on the cheeks. I don’t get it, and neither do a lot of people.
All jokes aside, the hate spewed by Bunkface is nothing to laugh about. Most people here don’t like the LGBT community anyway. During late 2018 to early 2019, there was a string of murders of transwomen. Violence against the LGBT community (particularly transwomen) has risen since 2007 and is a clear warning sign of the dangers of conservatism fuelled by misguided religious extremism.
If you give a homophobic a choice between talking to someone from the community for 10 minutes or sticking a beaver up their ass, I think they would choose the latter. (Lots of butt jokes here, sorry guys). But what kind of punk discriminates? That’s the bigot’s job! And for a song that’s homophobic, it sounds pretty gay.
This is just my opinion though.. and maybe a hundred others’:
Actually.. Dia nak serang siapa sebenarnya? Pakatan Harapan? BN? Duit rakyat tu siapa? Najib? Yang lgbt sekali masuk tu dah kenapa??? Ada kaitan dengan duit rakyat ke? Lepas tu cakap tentang agama, demi masa lah, akhirat lah, al kafirun lah….. 😳😳😳😳
— 🐀 Ugly Rat 🐀 (@terrynuriman) February 26, 2020
It’s a shame.. I liked Bunkface, their Situasi song made me appreciative of marginalised folks, how they sang about discrimination and injustice then..
Now they talk about how LGBT should go die. Nice growth Bunkface. I guess it’s time to be an ex-fan 🙌
— 🐀 Ugly Rat 🐀 (@terrynuriman) February 26, 2020
Bunkface acah2 nak jadi punk. 😂tapi nak ikut majority. XD nak melayu, xnak lgbt, and speak out masa goverment wont ban u for saying it. Where is the risk? What are u even fighting for? Brah, you arent punk.
— Transhallow (@Transhallow) February 26, 2020
Ok, Bunkface is a fascist anti-LGBT punk band now, see what I mean about how fascists use ideas like “Dulu kita hebat”, “mana duit rakyat”, but instead of actually fixing the problem, they blame minorities?
We need a strong socialist movement now.
— Lim Jack Kin (@JackKinLim) February 26, 2020
Bunkface really said ‘LGBT pergi mampus’ in their song and do you know how homophobic you have to be to really put L-G-B-T into your song and fuck up the whole flow
— Haikal Idris (@haikalclassic) February 26, 2020
I can’t believe I have to stop being a fan of Bunkface.
— QJ (@Qayzr) February 26, 2020
Bunkface’s new song isn’t surprising considering they’re a pop punk band. Fucking garbage infantile ass genre with zero edge. Those first few blink-182 albums still slap tho.
— Luqmaan (@beforeyeezus_) February 26, 2020
funnily enough for a song with homophobic lyrics that new bunkface song is really gay
— ammar ☭ (@sungsucker) February 26, 2020
aite removing all the childhood bunkface songs from my playlist and gonna forget they existed lmao fuck em https://t.co/PTK6KLwpDh
— bat gal (@drowsynugget) February 26, 2020
I thought this band got the shiz for a pop punk band in M’sia, I was stoked coz rare.
Been rooting for them since 2005 = 15 years of support given.
Today is the day i regret wasting MY 15 years on that band.
Found out they’re homophobic.
— The Awkward Malaysian Queer 🏳️🌈🇲🇾 (@shazalomaniac) February 26, 2020
Ok I thought this was just a joke, but pop punk band @bunkfaceband just released a supposedly rebellious song #AkhirZaman with lyrics like “mana pergi semua duit rakyat” but ALSO “LGBT pergi mampus”. This is malicious for a band of its popularity. Screencap of its lyrics MV: pic.twitter.com/y9OUs1XZsC
— Zurairi A.R. (@zurairi) February 26, 2020
LGBT culture has always been a crucial part of punk culture. If punk is about anti-establishment culture, then the LGBT community is the ultimate form of that, especially in Malaysia. I'm disappointed in @bunkfaceband for being anti-punk sell outs. #akhirzaman https://t.co/8GyJqTRmTU
— 🌋(lava)nt garde🌋 (@kimmouto) February 26, 2020
Bunkface really saw our people struggling and feeling helpless against our political climate and thought "You know what Malaysians need right now? Just a lil homophobia". Clowns
— 🌺 uliu 🌺 (@uu1iu) February 26, 2020
“Diskriminasi menjatuhkan aku”
yela tu nyah
— rajik (@rvzziq) February 26, 2020
Lastly, to Bunkface… This here is real music.
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