Where to go
The studio opens daily from 2pm–1am. During the day, it mostly functions as a recording and jamming studio. Things definitely pick up at night with live bands or alternative rock, punk, metal and DJ sets.
Just around the corner from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Signature Studio is a jamming space dedicated to independent musicians or just about anyone who is musically inclined.
Located on the fourth floor of Komtar, Dead Beat is a great spot to find old-school casettes, CDs and rare vinyl collections. They also operate as a recording label that primarily focuses on death metal, grindcore and thrash metal.
Live underground bands in Penang
Check out NonserviaM (melodic death metal), Coma (psychedelic-space-metal), Hui Si Di Dai (Mandarin post-punk-rock), WEOT SKAM (hardcore punk), Thirteen Hundred (hard rock), Cakerawala (death metal), or A City Afire (metalcore), to name a few. The interesting thing about these bands is how they managed to carve out a personal style from the obvious global underground influences, configuring as very fine examples of the Malaysian underground sound.