Penang’s punk rock haven

By Marco Ferrarese, Photography Cole Yew

March 2014 FEATURE
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Tonight's gods of noise spin Soundmaker's excited crowd as a lawnmower would do with grass.
Underground music is alive and well in George Town at a place called Soundmaker Studio. Contrary to being the Satanic boogeyman it is perceived to be, punk rock fosters ethnic relations and subculture in ways that only music can.As much as loud guitars and bleached hairstyles might seem alien to Penang’s cityscape, a burgeoning alternative scene radiates from Soundmaker Studio. Tucked away on the first floor of an anonymous building along the coastal thoroughfare of Pengkalan Weld in George Town,...

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Marco Ferrarese

is a musician, author and travel writer. He has written about overland travel and extreme music in Asia, and blogs at He also curates the Penang Insider, the smart guide for traveling and living in Penang, at His latest book, The Travels of Marco Yolo, is available in bookstores. Follow him on Twitter @monkeyrockworld.

Photography Cole Yew