Kangen Band: The Popular Indonesian Pop Rock Band
Kangen Band is an Indonesian pop rock band that was formed in 2005. The band consists of Andika Mahesa (vocalist), Dodhy Kangen (guitarist), Tama (drummer), Bebe (keyboardist), and Izzy (bassist). The band is known for their catchy songs and emotional lyrics that often deal with love, heartbreak, and social issues.
The band rose to fame in 2007 with their debut album Tentang Aku, Kau dan Dia (About Me, You and Him), which spawned several hit singles such as “Tentang Bintang” (About Star), “Pujaan Hati” (Heart’s Idol), and “Yolanda”. The album sold over one million copies and earned them several awards and nominations. The band continued to release successful albums and singles, such as Bintang 14 Hari (Star 14 Days), Jangan Bertengkar Lagi (Don’t Fight Anymore), Cinta Yang Sempurna (Perfect Love), and Terbang Bersamaku (Fly with Me).
In 2013, the band faced a major setback when Andika Mahesa left the band to pursue a solo career. The band then recruited a new vocalist, Eren, who had previously been a member of another pop rock band, ST12. However, the band’s popularity declined and they failed to produce any significant hits. In 2018, Andika Mahesa rejoined the band and they released a new single, “Cinta Sampai Mati” (Love Until Death), which marked their comeback to the music scene. The single received positive reviews from fans and critics alike and became a viral sensation on YouTube.
Kangen Band is one of the most influential and successful pop rock bands in Indonesia. They have sold over five million albums and won numerous awards and accolades. They have also collaborated with other artists, such as D’Masiv, Rossa, Ungu, and Wali. They are widely regarded as pioneers of the pop rock genre in Indonesia and have inspired many other bands and musicians.
In 2020, Kangen Band made a comeback with their single “Cinta Sampai Mati”, which was written by the wife of Dodhy Hardianto, the guitarist of the band. The song tells a story of eternal love that lasts until death. The song also features the return of Baim, the original drummer of the band, who had been absent for a long time. The music video for the song has garnered over 80 million views on YouTube and received positive feedback from fans and critics.
In 2021, Kangen Band released another single, “Sesaknya Dada”, which depicts a love triangle between two members of the band and a girl. The song showcases the band’s signature pop rock sound and emotional vocals. The music video for the song was uploaded on YouTube on August 20 and has gained over one million views so far.
Kangen Band is currently working on their sixth studio album, which is expected to be released soon. The band has also performed at various music festivals and events, such as Synchronize Fest in Jakarta, where they shared the stage with other prominent Indonesian artists. Kangen Band has proven their resilience and popularity in the Indonesian music industry and has shown no signs of slowing down.