“Aloha” is Hawaiian for “hello”. And ukuleles are nifty 4-stringed instruments from Hawaii. We haven’t managed to get hold of any Hawaiian pop band as yet, but we did get hold of Yogyakarta’s new uke-toting wonder Answer Sheet in the studio for the regular fourth-week live performance session.
The group consists of two high school seniors, Wafiq Giotama and Mas Gilang Karebet, who both share vocal duties and play the uke. They have released a digital single on the SEA Indie net label which is available as a free download. In fact, it was Tan from SEA Indie, all the way from Thailand, who first told us about these guys! That’s the cyberspace for you, mates.
Their self-titled single had 4 songs, which were recorded in different rooms at their home (one song was recorded in the living room and had the sound of Rebet’s brother washing the dishes). We also discussed some of their musical influence as well as other bands that have incorporated the ukulele into their songs, such as Beirut, Jens Lekman, Allo Darlin, and Billie the Vision and the Dancers. The interview was one of the liveliest, on account of the tweets and text messages pouring in from their friends (they seem to have a considerable fanbase already).
The guys played 2 of their songs live, which had a pleasantly soothing tropical air to them. We all enjoyed the performance thoroughly – and you should, too. We have put up the podcast for you to download. Mahalo!