Yogyakarta Record Store Day 2013

Just a short notification that we’re participating on an unofficial International Record Store Day celebration. Do come if you happen to be around. Answer Sheet are also playing.


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OUT NOW! Answer Sheet’s debut album Chapter 1: Istas Promenade

Album Cover

“Answer Sheet juga retro, tapi alih-alih menjadi vintage, mereka memakai mesin waktu menuju masa depan, membayangkan masa lalu yang hilang dari masa yang belum datang. Hasilnya adalah musik nir-masa dan nir-tempat yang nyaris abadi.” Taufiq Rahman/ Jakartabeat.


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Yogyakarta’s Brilliant at Breakfast on Japan Tour [Press Release]

The band to play an intimate gig back home before heading to Tokyo this October

Photo: Anom Sugiswoto

Brilliant at Breakfast will embark on a mini tour dubbed “Travelling Carnival: From Java to Japan” in the third week of October 2012. The Yogyakarta, Indonesia-based indie pop group will play shows in Tokyo’s Koenji and Shibuya districts, renowned for their bustling subcultures and scenes, sharing the bill with remarkable Japanese indie, alternative, and shoegazing acts.

The tour will kick off its Yogyakarta leg with a warm-up gig on October 7th and a live acoustic session on a local radio station on the 14th. The band are collaborating with Indonesian illustrators Nurul Putri and Naomi Dame to create carnival-themed artwork to be displayed at the shows, which are co-organized by the collective Desire and Paperplane Recording in cooperation with local Japanese organizers.

Starting out in late 2008, Brilliant at Breakfast have been known to combine sweet pop tunes and quirky themes. They were recently featured in The Guardian’s Music Alliance Pact series, in which Indonesian online magazine Deathrockstar described them as “one of this country’s finest indie-pop/twee-pop bands.”

Last year saw the band release their debut full-length on Paperplane Recording (Indonesia) and Susy Records (Peru), tour Greater Jakarta to promote the album, and play their first overseas shows at Rockin’ the Region, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Singapore. They also have a digital EP on the US-based February Records and several compilations to their credit. (*)

7 October 2012 – Paztaholic, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Travelling with Brilliant at Breakfast
with Answer Sheet

14 October 2012 – Swaragama FM, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Interview and live acoustic session on Jogjakarya

18 October 2012 – Koenji High, Tokyo, Japan
Brilliant at Breakfast One Night Gig
with Texas Pandaa, 4 Bonjour’s Party, Bertoia, Honeydew

19 October 2012 – Echo, Shibuya, Japan
Thee Boot Party #8
with Mitsume, It Happens; DJs Yuji Oda, Sekiyama Yuta, Sue and Sumire

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Out now! Native Narrative by Yogyakarta shoegazing foursome Lazyroom

Total absorption. That is the effect the latest L/P, Native Narrative, from the Jogjakarta foursome, Lazy Room, has on this writer. Many bands have adopted shoegaze stylings to suit their sonic identities and to scratch the itch of invention. This has made it all the more difficult to sift through the genre for works of originality and creative flair. Lazy Room, therefore, is a rare find, a gem in a capacious and dusty chest. ”
Music Weekly Asia

contains 10 tracks, ranging from the aggressively loud to the introspective and jangly, capturing shoegaze’s punk rock, new wave, and pop tendencies with equal valor.
The Jakarta Globe


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Pallers – The Sea of Memories out now


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Brilliant at Breakfast: On Turning Three


Celebrating our third anniversary was not one of the things we had in mind when we first started off in 2008. In fact, celebrating any anniversary was nowhere in our mind. All we thought about back then was whether we would last at all, whether this could possibly be done.

There are many reasons people play music, and to discuss them at length would render this too long a piece. Suffice it to say, this musical venture was created out of sheer strongheadedness. Though we were by no means the first pop group in the world to feature fairly many members, low-key identity and tongue-in-cheek lyrical themes, none of us had ever done anything like this before. As far removed from any feasible blueprint as could be, everything that we are now has been the result of trying and testing – be it out of scrupulous plannings, sudden whims, or even as workarounds to deal with limitations, all the while wondering: “Could this possibly be done?”

Our time with Paperplane is a happy, treasured one. The physical full-length release “Being Verbose Is Easy, Being Verbose Ain’t Easy” was actually the first time for both the band and the label. As with other things, the making of this album was a long process of exploring, trying and testing one new thing after another. The resulting album, despite its shortcomings, is something that we can proudly call our own. We are honoured to have gone through this process together with the label.

Visit the all new Brilliant at Breakfast's website to read stories and grab cakes as well as free downloads

Three years, we realize, is not much. Truth be told, when it comes to figures – record sales, chart positions, ratings, social media followers, number of shows, whatever – we are not much. We never became a pop sensation that took the Indonesian music scene (or any scene) by storm or won the nation’s youths’ hearts with our anthemic tunes. Magnitude has never been and will never be on our list of priorities. After all, figures can be bought or manipulated.

In the three years of our journey, we have beaten many inner demons, both as a group and as individuals. We played places and met people we never would have imagined before. Looking back at the time we started off, we suddenly find that our universe of what could and could not possibly be done has stretched beyond we could ever have expected. This is an experience worth more than any figures in the world.

And to everyone who has crossed paths with us, who has made this at all possible: Thanks for being a part of this experience!


Brilliant at Breakfast


The band are giving away a free download and lots of cakes at their third-anniversary minisite: www.brilliantatbreakfast.net/3

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Brilliant at Breakfast are honoured to cover indiepop legend Trembling Blue Stars

This is Brilliant at Breakfast’s cover version of Sacred Music. The song was originally played by Trembling Blue Stars, an indiepop legend from UK, one of many Bob Wratten’s brilliant projects. Take a while to listen to the original version first. Better? Maybe not. Less depressive? Definitely YES!

And this is Brilliant at Breakfast’s cover version of Sacred Music.

The cover version will be released by Dufflecoat Records from Cambridgeshire, UK, as a double CD compilation from a global collection of bands.

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