Here is some exclusive footage obtained in the making of The Other Option of the ‘Hardcore Attack’ show at Bulangan in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2001 featuring bands such as The Idiots, Conclusion, Satellite, United Smokers and many more.
Part 1 is below and part 2 will be available soon.
It remains an incredible document of the sheer size and intensity of the punk scene in Jakarta at the beginning of the new millennium. This is also (roughly) the same period of time documented in The Other Option that Australian bands began their first tentative treks into the South East Asian region, although the first journey into Jakarta and Indonesia in general would not happen until a few years later.
When asked why their band did not travel to Indonesia to play as part of their tour during this same year, a member of one Australian band stated during filming:
“I didn’t want to go to Indonesia. Too much shit went down in Indonesia…I didn’t trust the government”.
This is what they were missing. But it would not take long for Australian bands to take the plunge. Their adventures are revealed in The Other Option: Australian punk and hardcore in South East Asia.