Indonesian rock band The Brandals have announced the departure of longtime guitarist Tony Dwi Setiaji.
The group made the news public on social media yesterday (December 1). Their statement, written in Indonesian, revealed that the guitarist – who has been with the band since their founding in 2001 – will be leaving in an amicable split to focus on work and other musical endeavours.
The Brandals confirmed that they will continue as a four-piece of PM Mulyadi (guitar), Eka Annash (vocals), Raditya Syaharzam (bass) and Firman Zaenudin (drums), and will release a new single by the end of the year. It will be the follow-up to their October single ‘The Truth Is Coming Out’.
The band also said that their new album – and other creative projects – will be out next year. Read their full statement below.
19 tahun bukanlah waktu yang singkat. Suka, duka, tawa canda dan air mata telah dilalui bersama.Hari ini kami keluarga…
Tony was part of the band’s very first lineup – when they were still called The Motives – alongside founders Rully Annash (drums) and Bayu Indrasoewarman (guitar), and Edo Wallad (vocals) and Dody Widyono (bass).
The Brandals’ last album was 2011’s ‘DGNR8’. Three years after that, they went on hiatus. In November 2015, founding drummer Rully tragically passed away. In 2016, the drummer role was filled by Firman, and the band played several gigs and festivals. Two years after that, they ended their yearslong-silence with the single ‘Retorika’.
In October, The Brandals released the English-language single ‘The Truth Is Coming Out’. Touted as “The Brandals back to basics”, the song was written and produced by the band, with Tony supplying an arrangement that upped the tempo from its original pace. Vocalist Eka penned its lyrics, which decry the manipulation of historical fact by political elites in Indonesia.
‘The Truth Is Coming Out’ received a video treatment that spotlit the work of Indonesian non-governmental organisation KONTRAS (Komisi Orang Hilang Dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan), also called The Commission For The Disappearances and Victims Of Violence. Watch the video below.