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ALBUM REVIEW: THE CLOVES AND THE TOBACCO- ‘Across The Horizon’ (2016)

 Indonesian Paddy punk since 2006

Cloves

To those new to the celtic-punk scene or those that think there’s only two (maybe three) bands in the entire world worth bothering about it may come as a surprise to say that one of the biggest (and best!) scenes around is in Indonesia but that sadly most people don’t even know it exists. With bands and followers that live and breathe celtic-punk and play some of the worlds most authentic sounding celtic music. Indonesia has a thriving underground punk scene in general but I am at a loss to explain why they would embrace celtic music and take to it so much… and play it so well!

Indonesia is out there in the Indian ocean and a thousand or two miles from Australia and gained independence from Holland pretty much straight after the second world war. The country itself has a population of over 230 million and comprises nearly 13,500 different islands and is 87.2% muslim. Hugely diverse ethnically it is has more than 300 local languages but the main language is Indonesian. The Cloves And The Tobacco formed in 2006 in Yogyakarta and being inspired after hearing Flogging Molly a group of friends decided to get a band together and now ten years later that band is still together and getting stronger all the time. Yogyakarta is renowned for education and is a centre for Indonesian culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music and poetry. Taking their name from a kind of cigarette The Cloves And The Tobacco have been major players on the international celtic punk scene now for a good few years despite purely existing on word of mouth and good reviews on the internet.

Cloves First Album

click here for a FREE download of ‘The Day With No Sun’

They released their first studio album ‘Day With No Sun’ in 2012 which went down an absolute storm with the critics and you can own a copy now for free as the band have made it available as a free download. So click on the album sleeve on the left and get your free copy now.

The Cloves And The Tobacco are Adit Tongseng (Accoustic Guitar and Vocal), Pizzt (Fiddle and Backing Vocal), Abiyoga Fazri (Electric Guitar and Backing Vocal), Koro (Drum), Kojack Blues (Banjo), Fani Black (Tin Whistle) and Kahfi (Electric Bass) and they steer a path very similar to celtic-punk legends Flogging Molly. Pumped up, raucous, fast, energetic, traditional Irish music interspersed with the occasional ballad. The opening track of Across The Horizon is ‘Too Much Trouble’ and starts with electric guitar, banjo and fiddle and tin whistle blaring out loud but also crystal clear over words written by infamous celtic punk DJ, driver, poet and general all round celtic punk figure and knowitall Andrew Watts, known to many as Spider Mahone from his years in the scene in Germany.

‘You’ll Never Know’ is typical territory for the Bhoys with simply amazing musicianship going on. It’s one thing to be good musicians but you also need decent songs and The Cloves And The Tobacco have got them and have got plenty of them too. The energy is never ending even on a slower track like ‘When the War is Over’ which has a Pogues feel to it. They definitely come from the folkier/traditional side of celtic-punk but that doesn’t stop them rocking out as well and plenty of good punky influences here too. Superb banjo playing on ‘Sally O’Riordan’ where the band pick up the pace again and inject the song with a country feel while still keeping it celtic. ‘The Whiskey Tales’ is possibly the ultimate celtic-punk song on Across The Horizon. All the boxes are ticked off and for me this is the album stand out track. Shared vocal duties and gang vocals give it an amazing sound and we’re only halfway through and I’m a firm fan already. ‘Pure & Innocent’ sees them return to a ballad and again it has a Poguesy feel to it. Friend of the band Nana Nofi guesting on vocals and her lovely voice slots in perfectly with this great tune. The band sing in English throughout and the vocals are clear and easy to understand and  ‘And the Rain Will Fall’ is another class song. One of the best things here is the only hint of a cover version is a few seconds of ‘The Fields of Athenry’ during ‘The Town that We Loved so Much’ that is over almost as soon as it starts. ‘The Old Harbor’ is a song about emigration and something Indonesians know only too well about. The album comes to an end with the fantastic, and also the only instrumental, ‘Across the Horizon’ brings the curtain down on this amazing record that I am 100% positive will appeal to anyone with a love of Irish music. It is ten tracks of pure celtic gold that clocks in just shy of 3/4’s of an hour and keeps up a unbelievably high standard throughout.

TC&TT

An absolutely stunning album of perfectly produced and played celtic-punk that would go down a storm in absolutely anyone’s living room or in any bar across the world. They have taken all the positiveness of celtic punk and produced something you must all get your hands on. Not only is the music outstanding but the CD is out of this world as well. Hand produced by the band gluing and fixing the sleeves together shows how much the band care about giving their friends something special. It may be true that celtic-punk can dwell too much on the negative or the bad things in life but it can also be about the things that give us strength we must remember that. It’s not always about the music it’s also about friendship, family, resilience and community and how these things can help you survive. The Cloves And The Tobacco are a great example to everyone in the scene and I can only dream that I get to catch them live one day. Maybe Flogging Molly can be persuaded to take them under their wing. There are certainly not many bands who are more deserving.

(Here’s the band playing ‘Pure & Innocent’ live. The sound quality is not the best but it’s not always about that…)

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Contact clove.tobacco@yahoo.com or abiyogafazri@gmail.com

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  • For a great overview of the Indonesian scene check out our review of ‘Wind From The Foreign Land’ (here) a compilation of fourteen tracks from fourteen different celtic-punk bands from across Indonesian.
  • There is a fantastic Facebook group called ‘Indonesian Celtic Punk’ (here) we recommend you join. The Cloves And The Tobacco are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Indonesian celtic punk so invest a bit of time and find out a bit more about this great scene.

For an alternative view of Across The Horizon check out the review by Celtic Folk Punk And More here and when I say alternative I only mean in the sense that they liked it even more than we did!

FILM REVIEW: TOWNIES- IRISH MOB (2007)

For any of you out there who haven’t seen Townies the short film by Mike O’Dea then here it is in all its original You Tube glory. Made back in 2007 it began production as a full movie but was forced to closed down after the Police busted them for filming a mob hit scene in south Boston without the official permits. The director took that footage and incorporated it into a forty-five minute short film. There were plans to re-shoot the entire film under a new title this year and Mike O’Dea has just announced that this will be happening. As Mike said on his official Facebook page

“I’m gearing up to begin filming my latest feature film ‘Hustler’. It’s about a Boston drug dealer who loses drugs and guns that belong to the mob. He has only 2 days to get it all back”

Country: USA Release Date: 15 August 2009 Production Co: Shamrock Films

Director: Mike O’Dea  Writer: Mike O’Dea

Starring: Mike O’Dea, Jimmy Burke, Frannie Bryne, Michael Foot, Wade Gallagher, Johnny Hickey

Townies opens to the sound of London Irish celtic rockers The Bible Code Sundays singing ‘Honour Of The Gael’, a tune the band wrote specifically for the film. It is set in the town of Charlestown an Irish-American neighbourhood where the locals refer to themselves as townies. It is the oldest district in Boston and has always been known as an Irish area. In common with most cities now though since the late 1980s Charlestown has changed dramatically. The yuppies have moved in and gentrification has overtaken much of the area, as it has in much of Boston, but it still maintains a strong working class Irish American population and ‘Townie’ attitude.

After being released from prison, the son of an Irish mafia boss returns to his home town. Mickey Callaghan dreams of getting out of Boston and relocating to Florida but visions of palm trees vanish in gun smoke when he’s immediately surrounded by his Charlestown gangster crew and all of their problems. Murder and revenge is taking brother for brother and friend for friend until the vicious circle of bloody violence finally comes around to him.

(newspaper report about the filming of Townies)

Townies 1CHARLESTOWN, Mass.-A handgun, gun shots and a bleeding victim; sounds like the scene of a crime, but when police responded to the incident, they discovered that it was all part of an act. State Police rushed to the scene for a report of shots fired at Paul Revere Park. When they got there, officers found a man, a fake gun and another with fake blood on his arm. “As I was coming up to him, he did pull his right hand out and saw a bit of his weapon,” Trooper Robert Malloy, State Police Marine Unit, said. “My adrenaline was pumping pretty good man,” Wade Gallagher, actor, said. “It was quite a rush.” Wade Gallagher is not a killer. He’s an actor who was filming a mob movie called ‘Townies’. Paul Revere Park was not an actual crime scene, but witnesses saw the gun and the blood they ran screaming for help. “It’s an actual gun and it fires blanks,” Mike O’Dea, Film Director, said. “Nothing actually comes out of the chamber.” Here’s the problem, O’Dea never told the city or police they were filming a violent mob scene in broad daylight. They did however post a sign on a car near the scene. “Well, we don’t have any money for permits, so you gotta do what you gotta do to get the movie done,” O’Dea said. “So, we took a risk and paid the price for it.” The actors were not arrested; however they are expected to face a judge later this month to face charges of disorderly conduct. They say that it was all worth it. “It’s supposed to be the most realistic mob movie ever made, so I guess we proved that today didn’t we,” O’Dea said. – – 2007 Sunbeam Television Corp.

Soundtrack:

Bible Code Sundays- ‘Honour Of The Gael’
Nowhere USA- ‘Enemy Is Me’
Sharky Doyle’s- ‘Everybody’d Irish’
The Bible Code Sundays- ‘My Town’
Kilmaine Saints- ’57’
Kilmaine Saints- ‘The Whiskey’s Calling’
Mr Irish. Bastard- ‘Everyone Must Die’
Wet Your Whistle- ‘Well Below The Valley’
Nowhere USA- ‘Today’
Sharky Doyle’s- ‘Catholic School’
Nowhere USA- ‘Perfect’
The Cloves And The Tobacco- ‘Shamrockville’
Kilmaine Saints- ‘Brave Yankee Boys’

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The Top Ten Irish Mobster Movies Here * Twenty Questions With Mike O’Dea  Here * Irish Organised Crime Forum  Here *  The Irish-American Gangster In Film  Here

ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS ARTISTS- ‘Wind From The Foreign Land- Indonesian Celtic Punk Compilation’ (2014)

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Derived Forms
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Wind From The Foreign Land
Well what to say about this album…? Well its an album of fourteen tracks from fourteen different celtic-punk bands from across INDONESIA. Aye, that’s right. Indonesia out there in the Indian ocean and a thousand or two miles from Australia. These facts alone should have every self respecting celtic-punk fan from across the globe racing to their computer screens to order copies. First a few facts about Indonesia… they gained independence from Holland pretty much straight after the second world war. Their language is Indonesian (that’s not as obvious as it sounds when a country has been invaded and colonized!). The country itself has a population of over 230 million and comprises nearly 13,500 different islands and for a country that is 87.2% muslim this diverse bunch of bands have certainly adopted some of celtic-punks better known subject matters, if you know what I mean…
So now you know how worthy it all is the next question should be “is it any good?”. Well the answer to that is “yes its bloody brilliant”! As with all compilations there’s going to be some tracks you like better than others but this album really does showcase the Indonesian celtic-punk scene very well and everything from the albums production to the cover to the mix of songs and the order they’ve been put in has obviously been a labour of love for all involved and in fact the only fault i can pick with the whole thing is that one of favourite bands have included a ballad rather than a more punky song! You’ll be amazed at how well these guys’n’gals play their instruments and you can have hours of fun playing this for your mates getting them to guess what part of Ireland the bands are from!
Musically the fourteen tracks veer from everything from the Mollys to the Murphys to the Pogues and all points inbetween. Many sing in their own language which i love to hear, despite the obvious floor in not knowing what they’re singing about…Kicking off with a  new band to me, Party Time, and great accordion and tin whistle led punk it is too. Traces too of what I can only suppose are Indonesian instruments and tunes. Unmistakable celtic-punk though with shouty lyrics and choruses. Panglima Kumbang are more north american sounding to these big ears, nothing wrong with that, with a more celtic-pop punk sound.

Skarockoi start with a brilliantly played mandolin and fiddle and a more traditional celtic punk vocal style. Heard these before and always been impressed by them. Billy The Kid I have a few tracks by and this fantastic ballad shows exactly how good musicians they are. Black Rawk Dog is fast paced fiddle and mando punk played at breakneck speed with gang vocals. Ciusquad and Dirty Glass, another band I have heard before, and we’re half way through the album and still waiting on a duff track. No sign yet! Dirty Glass provide one of the standout tracks and its the production on this track i’m most impressed by. Gang vocals, celtic and brass instruments melting together with yer punk perfectly in a proper celtic-punk classic tune. Charlie’s Rum And The Chaplain are a band I only recently picked up on and are definitely one of the scenes leading bands. Starting off slow before heading to a more traditional fast paced tune and another of the standout tracks. Rain In Summer sound like The Pogues in their heyday with an acoustic punk song that soon turns into a proper celtic punk belter. Jeralax is another beautifully played ballad about whiskey. This track could be any of the scenes greatest bands to be honest. The Barley Hops I have also come across as well and they don’t disappoint either. Another standout track and followed by The Working Class Symphony who are quite simply a superb band. See definition at beginning of the review. Very accomplished musicians with great songs and vocals. Lots of instruments and band members but in the perfect production nothing is out of place or too loud or too quiet. Super Mario start with a bit of a DKM piss take and a great song follows.

Finally the last track and the band we’ve been waiting for. The Cloves And The Tobacco (a kind of cigarette i’m told!) are arguably the best known of the Indonesian celtic-punk bands and  they bring the curtain down on this great album with ‘The Indian Ocean’ the standout standout track. We can forget sometimes that we’re not the only sea faring race and in a country of over 13,500 islands these guys know their sea shanties. This album is, to put it as simple as i can, faultless. Great bands and great songs. Each one is worthy of following up on and each deserves to be as famous as any of the scene’s leading lights.

Contact The Bands
simply click on the band name in Italics and you’ll be directed straight to them. They are mostly Facebook pages but not all.
Buy The Album
Decent Sites To Visit
heres a couple of decent Indonesian places to check out
Punk Indonesia MP3  free music
Celtic Punk Indonesia  facebook group for all things Indonesian celtic-punk!
CelticFolkPunkAndMore Spanish blog with lots in their vaults about Indonesia.

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