Arian13 and Ricky have been friends for years and that bond grew when Arian13 - then still in Puppen
and Aparatmati - provided guest vocals on a track by Stepforward, Ricky's band. From there, they found more musical common
ground and eventually decided to jam. The exact date is unclear, but what's certain is that SERINGAI was officially born in late 2001.
Arian13 brought in Kemod, his drummer in Aparatmati, while Ricky drafted Toan, bassist of hardcore band Fall, whom he also used
to hang out with at Kemang Skate Park. At first, they had no idea what kind of music they'd be playing, as long as it was different from what they
usually did. As things started falling into place, they drew inspiration from the likes of Black Sabbath, Motorhead, the MC5
and Slayer, and songs began to emerge. Some people call SERINGAI a stoner rock band, a label they refuse because they feel their music
is too aggressive to be considered thus. Some even call SERINGAI's music alcohol rock or drug metal, but what the hell. It's high octane rock,
a hybrid of rock and metal. Heavy shit, in other words.
Among the first fruits of this heavy shit was Alkohol - which has become one of the main anthems at their shows -
followed by Membakar Jakarta, Puritan and Akan Kuberikan Neraka. The first of what was soon to be many SERINGAI shows
was at Buqiet Cafe, Bandung. At BB's Cafe, Jakarta - an instrumental venue in breaking local bands such as The Brandals, Killed By Butterfly,
The Upstairs, Teenage Death Star, Devotion, Sugarstar and many more - they were even regarded as the unofficial home band,
considering how often they played there.
Toan quit in August 2003 for unspecified reasons, but Sammy, an old friend of SERINGAI's, quickly filled the void. Sammy had to
learn their songs at maximum acceleration because they were already booked for many shows.
In November 2003, SERINGAI finally entered Doors studio in Jakarta to record some demos. Since everyone has day jobs, the recording
took quite a while, but they got it done in the end. Puritan and Membakar Jakarta gained some radio airplay, with the latter even getting a
lot of requests.
In 2004, SERINGAI released their debut mini album, featuring five heavy-as-fuck tracks. The album was titled "High Octane Rock".
It turned out they received good reviews from the local media. They managed to sell more than 15,000 cassettes on their own label Parau Records.
They have just released the EP in CD format with a major label distribution effort from Universal Music. They are also in the studio recording material for
their second album due out early 2006.
• Album "High Octane Rock"
Digital version w/ bonus tracks
Skeptical, Serigala Militia
(Parau/Equinox DMD, 2006)
• Album "High Octane Rock"
CD version, limited to 2000 copies
(Parau/Off The Records, 2005)
• Singles Satu Sisi & Menyerang
From "12:00 AM" soundtrack
(Explosive Records, 2005)
• Single Skeptikal
From "Catatan Akhir Sekolah"
(FastForward Records, 2005)
• Mini-album "High Octane Rock"
10,000 copies sold out
(Parau/Resswara Records, 2004)
• Demo album "Alkohol"
For Ripple Magazine
(Spills Records, 2003)