Indonesia has always kind of overshadowed the region in talent and out of all the ASEAN countries–Malaysia probably envies its neighbour’s creativity the most, being culturally tied by the same language. Psychedelic rock trio Kelompok Penerbang Roket is no exception to the top brass of Indo-rock, and they’re bringing back the glory days of psychedelic music (again if you count Tame Impala).
In this epic 35-minute music video, Igusti Gede Vikranta (drums), Rey Marshall (guitar) and John Paul Patton (bass) take us on a sweaty rollercoaster ride with space out jams leading to intergalactic cresendos.
The music video marks their new mini album Galaksi Palapa that came out in November 2018 and was only available in CD and vinyl forms, but now you get to listen to the album in live-digital format on recently released BA-11A: Opera di Galaksi Palapa.
BA-11A: Opera di Galaksi Palapa has aesthetics that harks back to era of glorious ’70s sci-fi-inspired rock albums like David Bowie’s iconic Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars. Kelompok Penerbang Roket geared up in astronaut costumes in an alien environment brings the concept album to life and makes it believable.
The video is another collaboration between the trio and Hasbi Sipatuhar, a young director from Medan, North Sumatera. Hasbi had done the trailer for the album called “Menuju Galaksi Palapa“.
Hasbi explained that “BA-11A: Opera di Galaksi Palapa is a realisation of Galaksi Palapa. Three astronauts roam around the universe and found a new galaxy. They finally have an emergency landing in a strange planet called BA-11A.”
Bass player John Paul said the music video was the band’s effort to provide a new and exciting way for people to enjoy the mini album. He also said: “The music video was created from the desire to objectify a fantasy with a strong visualisation to define the meaning of the songs and besides that, we have never done a live session before. So I think this is the right moment for it.”