Biography

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Selain merupakan pionir Rockabilly di skena muda negeri ini, The Hydrant bisa jadi adalah grup terbesar di genrenya di tanah Nusantara.

Terbentuk sejak 14 Agustus 2004 di Denpasar, Bali, The Hydrant kini beranggotakan Marshello (biduan, harmonika), Vincent (gitar), Christopper (stand up drum), serta Adi (upright bass).

Grup ini pertama kali berdiri atas prakarsa Wis, Zio, dan Morris, yang lalu mengajak Shello untuk bergabung. Kesukaan pada warna musik, dandanan, serta attitude Rockabilly merekatkan 4 sekawan ini dan memantapkan niat untuk memperkenalkan musik asal Amerika Serikat yang amat populer di tahun 50an ini ke seantero Indonesia, utamanya kepada generasi seusia mereka.

Nama The Hydrant sendiri bermula dari band pop yang digawangi Wis dan Zio, Hydra. Ketika memutuskan banting setir lalu menapak ranah baru, Rockabilly, dibutuhkan pula identitas baru. Jappy Sanger, manajer mereka saat itu, muncul dengan ide nama The Hydrant, evolusi dari merek lama Hydra—yang langsung kompak disepakati.

Hingga kini The Hydrant telah menerbitkan 5 album penuh. Yang paling mutakhir, September 2015, adalah Lokananta Riot. Berisikan 16 tembang dan menyelipkan satu komposisi Rockabilly berbahasa Bali, Lokananta Riot direkam secara live di studio rekaman bersejarah, Lokananta. Album kedua mereka yang terbit pada 2007, Rockabilly Live, dirilis oleh label rekaman raksasa, EMI Indonesia. Album bertaburkan 14 lagu ramah lantai dansa ini cukup mampu mendongkrak pamor mereka dari skala lokal ke blantika musik nasional.

Bicara jam terbang, The Hydrant sudah pantas disebut veteran. Bukan cuma tampil di festival-festival kolosal sekelas Kustomfest, IndoGreaser Party, Gatsby’s Saturday Night Slickers, Konser 1000 Band, Soundrenaline, namun juga telah menjajal panggung konser manca negara. Pada 2009 kuartet ini beraksi di festival Pohoda, satu dari sedikit pagelaran musik terbesar di Slovakia yang dikunjungi hingga 30 ribu orang tiap tahunnya. Selain di negara beribukotakan Bratislava itu, The Hydrant sempat pula main di ajang hot rod, beberapa klub, taman kota, dan jalanan di Ceko serta Austria.

Pada April 2016, The Hydrant diundang unjuk kebolehan di Viva Las Vegas, festival Rockabilly terbesar sejagat yang mengambil tempat di Las Vegas, Nevada, Amerika Serikat. Shello bakal diberi kehormatan mempertunjukkan olah vokalnya, kelenturan tubuh, serta kehebatannya berdansa—ia kerap dijuluki sebagai”Brown Elvis” pula “Bali Elvis” akibat gaya dansanya yang mencengangkan. Ditimpali oleh Vincent lewat permainan gitarnya yang “berbahaya”, Adi dengan aksi membetot bas nan akrobatik, serta Topper yang instan membuat audiens ternganga karena memainkan drum di luar kebiasaan, bukan duduk tapi berdiri.

Album Rekaman
1. Lokananta Riot (2015)
2. Dirty Thirty (2011)
3. Bali Bandidos (2009)
4. Rockabilly Live (2007)
5. Saturday Night Riot (2006)

Album Kompilasi
1. Kustom Fest Showin’ Soul (2015)
2. Bali Bergerak (2014)
3. Far East Slapper Japan (2009)
4. Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll Monarchy (2005)

DVD
1. Bali Bandidos Eurobilly Tour (2009)

Kontak
RUDOLF DETHU
E. rudolfdethu@rudolfdethu.com
Instagram: @thehydrantbali
Twitter: @THEHDYRANTBALI
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thehydrantrockabilly
Address: Jl. Bedahulu XIV/9, Denpasar – Bali 80115

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Photo: Erick Est.
Photo: Erick Est.

Not only are they pioneers of the Rockabilly scene in the country, they might also be the biggest band in the genre.

Formed on 14 August 2004 in Denpasar, Bali, the Hydrant’s current formation consists of Marshello (vocal, guitar, and harmonica), Vincent (lead guitar), Christopper (stand up drums), and Adi (upright bass).

The band was formed from the initiative of Wis, Zio, and Morris, who then asked Shello to join. Their love for the genre, the getup, and the attitude of Rockabilly glued their friendship and strengthened their desire to introduce the culture — that was popular in the U.S. in the 50’s – throughout Indonesia, especially to the younger generation.

The band’s name itself originated from the pop band that Wis and Zio formed, called Hydra. When they decided to change directions on to rockabilly territory, they felt that they needed a new identity. Jappy Sanger, their manager at the time, came up with they idea for The Hydrant, the evolution of their past brand Hydra – which they unanimously agreed upon.

At present, The Hydrant have released five albums, the most current one being Lokananta Riot that was released in September 2015. Consisting of 16 tunes, including a composition in Balinese language, this album, was recprded live at a historical recording studio, Lokananta. Their second album, Rockabilly Live, was released by one of the record label giants, EMI Indonesia. This album, which includes fourteen dance-floor-friendly tunes, catalyzed their breakthrough from a local scale to the national music scene.

Looking at their repertoire, The Hydrant deserve the title ‘veterans’. Not only have they performed in colossal festivals, such as Kustomfest, Indo Greaser Party, Konser 1000 Band, and Soundrenaline, they have tested out international concert stages. In 2009, this quartet performed in the festival Pohoda, one of the biggest music events in Slovakia which receives over 30,000 people every year. Besides Slovakia, The Hydrant have also played in clubs, central parks, and streets in Czech Republic and Austria.

In April 2016 The Hydrant will be given the opportunity to showcase what they’re about in Viva Las Vegas, the biggest rockabilly festival in the Universe! Shello will exhibit his vocal skills, flexibility, and his prowess as a dancer – he often gets the nickname “Brown Elvis” or “Bali Elvis” because of his awe-inspiring dancing style. Shello will be accompanied by Vincent’s “dangerous” guitar playing, Adi’s acrobatic stand up bass performance, and Topper’s out of the ordinary drumming (he insists on standing up instead of sitting down).

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Full-length Albums
1. Lokananta Riot (2015)
2. Dirty Thirty (2011)
3. Bali Bandidos (2009)
4. Rockabilly Live (2007)
5. Saturday Night Riot (2006)

Compilation Albums
1. Kustom Fest Showin’ Soul (2015)
2. Bali Bergerak (2014)
3. Far East Slapper Japan (2009)
4. Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll Monarchy (2005)

DVD
1. Bali Bandidos Eurobilly Tour (2009)

Contact
RUDOLF DETHU
E. rudolfdethu@rudolfdethu.com
Instagram: @thehydrantbali
Twitter: @THEHDYRANTBALI
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thehydrantrockabilly
Address: Jl. Bedahulu XIV/9, Denpasar – Bali 80115