Malaysian queer punk band Shh…Diam! has released a soundtrack to a play entitled To Which My Brother Laughed (TWMBL).
The album features seven tracks, all of which were performed live during the play by the band and cast members.
The tracklisting is as follows:
Pass Into Infinity (Spoken Word)
The album is the band’s third full-length release, following Attack of the Kongketron (2015) and Eat Your Local Fruits (2018). Shh…Diam! is currently working on new material to be released in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Inspired by the critical essay ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’ by Hélène Cixous, TWMBL was a devised theatre piece created in response to the caning of two women in Terengganu in late 2018. Directed by Tung Jit Yang, the play set out to break down preconceived notions of the LGBTQ+ community, and ran from February 28 to March 3, 2019, to great acclaim and sold-out crowds.
In light of the ongoing Syariah court case involving 11 men, it is crucial for the public to understand how the justice system has been designed to shame, degrade and humiliate. Those who are unfortunate enough to have to go through the system are already deemed guilty before being allowed access to a fair defense. They have lost their homes and jobs, all while being dragged through an unnecessarily long process. Donation is open to paying the cost of this ongoing court case.
The band hopes that the arts can be a channel for open expression and discussion which will lead to understanding and acceptance.