Indonesian hardcore band Stepforward have released a 7-inch vinyl record to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Officially launched on Tuesday (January 12), the record features ‘Solitaire’ and ‘Saksi Imaji’ (‘Witness of Images’), two previously unreleased tracks that have been performed live.
Pre-orders began in April 2020 with an initial plan to release it in late 2020. With around 300 copies printed, 100 are still available to order. The songs will be available on digital platforms in the coming week, guitarist Ricky Siahaan told NME.
See the record below:
Founded in 1995, Stepforward have gone through several personnel changes before settling on with their current formation, which has been in place since 2004: vocalist Jill van Diest, guitarist Siahaan, bassist Junas Miradiarsyah and drummer Fajar Arifan.
Siahaan, who joined the band in 1999, told NME about the buzz around Stepforward as they played more stages and started to gain recognition. “We were dead serious about our musicianships. At the time, we were all college kids but we wanted to conquer the world,” he said.
“On stage, we witnessed violence and sexism directed at our vocalist. It was common for her to receive comments like ‘You have no place in hardcore’. But they became triggers for us to prove them otherwise.”
The band released the album ‘Stories of Undying Hope’ in 2001 and became the opening act for Sick Of It All at their Jakarta show in 2008. Each member has been active outside Stepforward, with the band having shared members with the likes of Alexa and Seringai, and Stepforward has taken a few hiatuses along the way. But the band are now focused on recording, with six new songs on the horizon.
Siahaan said that he wanted to extend the band’s gratitude to their past members by collaborating with them on the new anniversary vinyl release. Former guitarist Andre Faisal released the vinyl under his label Stockroom Rekord and became executive producer, former guitarist Fadli Aat served as photographer for the cover while former manager Wendi Putranto handled digital distribution.