Top 10 Best Malaysian Indie Bands

Malaysian indie music is a kaleidoscope of sounds that reflects the rich tapestry of cultures in Malaysia. It's a scene that first started gaining momentum in the late 80s and early 90s, with bands like Lovehunters pioneering the genre. The indie wave hit a new high during the 2000s, as numerous bands, unconstrained by mainstream expectations, began to experiment, innovate and create music that reflected their unique styles and perspectives.

It's a scene where vibrant rock melodies from bands like Bunkface intertwine with the passionate, raw energy of Hujan's music. A realm where the Britpop-infused tunes of Bittersweet coexist with the nostalgic sounds of Kugiran Masdo, and where the indie rock vibes of The Times find their place. These bands, and many more, form the backbone of Malaysian indie music, creating tunes that echo the hopes, dreams, struggles, and joys of a generation.
The Top Ten
1 Bunkface

Their music is awesome.. Every time I played their songs, they gave me spirits.

Best when performing live, great sound, and stage presentation.

Best song ever. Keep bunkers keep bunkface.

2 Hujan

A unique sound unheard of from any bands I've listened to before. Truly revolutionary in the history of Malaysian music. Noh's lyrical genius and AG's unique guitar skills are something to focus on when listening to this band. I have great expectations from this band in times to come.

I only recently discovered the band through friends, and I was pleasantly surprised and delighted with the talent. Totally underrated, if you ask me.

The combination of guitar skills, creative lyrics, and good showmanship make Hujan the best! This band gonna be a legend! Trust me...

3 Bittersweet

Bittersweet can get in the top 5.. Come on, guys.. Disagree is suck.. Hujan deserves at number 1 because they have a really good guitarist (AG Coco).. The time also didn't cool at all..

Bittersweet never dies.

Best song, a good band.

4 Azlan & The Typewriter

They're the best ever...

5 Butterfingers

Butterfingers is simply underrated and unfortunately didn't quite receive the acclamation that the band deserves. Butterfingers is certainly not a one-hit-wonder kinda band. The band has transcended in terms of the musical quality of what was available in the local underground scene. It's a privilege to have listened to butter music.

Weird to NOT see this band in the top 5. Full of originality, multi-genres, one of the earliest (first perhaps?) English-singing indie bands to be popular!

Hujan is just overrated.

6 OAG

OAG is the first band that brought the Malaysian indie/underground scene to mainstream attention. They can simply be called "The Father of Malaysian Indie Band" along with Butterfingers, ACAB..

LEGEND! This band is in a different class.. Can't compare them.. Butterfingers also.. Living legend.. Their music is really inspired.. Come on.

Best moment for me is listening to OAG's songs...

7 One Buck Short
8 The Azenders
9 Kugiran Masdo

Love from the Lipstik, major throwback from my uni bittersweet memories.

The top band in 2018.

Love the vibes!

10 The Times

They are basically an OAG in another form and direction (all are ex-members of OAG). Their music is ahead of time and can be a revolutionary band in the Malaysian scene if not for their internal problems and conflicts with the label.

My number one favorite band in Malaysia. Their music has a big influence on my life. The reason I started to make a band.. Long Live The Times!

Nice form of music, the lyrics are simple, so is the music...

The Contenders
11 The Lipstik

The predecessor of what we now know as Kuguran Masdo! Definitely can't be neglected.

12 Laila's Lounge
13 Disagree

Definition of art.

14 Oh Chentaku
15 Selamat Pagi Gadis
16 A.C.A.B.

The founder of the Malaysian skinhead scene..

Skinhead for life!

17 Gray Sky Morning

Retro rock in action, the best melody I've ever wanted so. This would always be my favorite lullaby during my study time.

Last night just saw them perform.. Still awesome.. Cinta Gila..

18 Iamneeta
19 Sekumpulan Orang Gila

They are right. A bunch of awesome crazy people. Creating good noises that fit the soul.

Their voices are awesome.

20 Modescape
21 Estranged

Great band to hear live!

Should be in the top 5.

22 Naratu
23 Midnight Fusic

These boys are 18 and already making waves for the Malaysian music scene.

These dudes are great! Definitely.

Talented young bunch.

24 nicestupidplayground

The one and only!

25 Kyoto Protocol

I listen to all their music. They are like Malaysia's Panic! at the Disco.

Their music is brilliant!

Best group ever.

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