The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on the 11th of December 1997. It’s an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention with its main focus on climate change (e.g. reducing greenhouse gas emissions).

The Kyoto Protocol mechanisms to help stimulate green investment are:

• Emissions trading – known as “the carbon market”
• Clean development mechanism (CDM)
• Joint implementation (JI)

And, okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about another set of mechanisms that have helped stimulate..good times in the hearts and minds of alternative music lovers. They are:

• Fuad Alhabshi – Vocals and guitar
• Gael Oliveres – Vocals and keyboard
• Hairi Haneefa – Guitar
• Shakeil Bashir – Vocals and bass
• Shanjeev Reddy – Drums

Bet you didn’t see that one coming!

Kyoto Protocol was formed in 2008 by a band of friends (originally from two separate bands) who believed in and only loved one thing – fun. What drives them? A kick-ass recipe of musical inspirations from international bands such as Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Clash. Toss them all in and you’ll get the eclectic mix of punk, soul, and everything nice that is Kyoto Protocol.

Genre aside, clearly, they’re not your everyday “just another Malaysian band” talents because Kyoto Protocol have, in the past, wowed judges, won awards, and they have also participated in several gigs at numerous venues (e.g. No Black Tie, Rock the World 9, Rock the World 10, Artista, Laundry, Levi’s Pop-up Store, etc.).

Did we mention that they opened for MGMT earlier this year? MGMT!

Kyoto Protocol have also appeared on a short Al-Jazeera segment to, like the real Kyoto Protocol deal, talk about and highlight simple ways to reduce carbon footprint:

More recently, Kyoto Protocol bagged an Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) 18 Nomination for “Best New Artist” alongside other big names such as Reza Salleh, Projek Pistol, Najwa and James Baum. Yes, we know, it’s hard to describe their style but, how many other Malaysian bands can say that their portfolio is awesome that way?

Music that’s an instant “pick me up” on a blue Monday (or any other days of the week)? Tunes to keep rage out of the way when you’re stuck in a horrible rush hour jam (read: Kyoto Protocol’s “Never Know”)? Yes! Well, why not? Their album, aptly titled “An Album” retails at RM20 per pop.

Go get, pussycat!

For more information visit their website or slip into eclectic wonderland on their Facebook page.

*Disclaimer: Pictures courtesy of Lucas Lau.