Electronic easy listening dreampop from Hong Kong’s Pasha. The masked duo are Nookie (music program) and Shadow (voc)
They released their self-titled debut album in 2013, and there are a bunch of tunes to hear at their douban. Soothing, therapeutic music… I feel better just listening to it! =D
These are all photos from the Hong Kong Fringe Club event, Women Take Back The Noise 2013 taken by Vic Shing from the site Music Surveillance.
The bands involved, by the order on the promo:
Pasha (electronic dreampop)
Pam Chung 大人之音樂 DYGYO (folk pop)
GDJYB 雞蛋蒸肉餅 (folk/mathrock)
Ring Hun 禤泳倫 & The Forgottens (pop from Macau)
Music Surveillance is one of the best sites I’ve seen for Hong Kong indie coverage. He goes to shows all the time, taking photos & video. He had an indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for better gear, both for shooting in h-def, and because his old computer takes so long to process videos.
From the indiegogo page: “Now I have more than 50 music events do not edited because of my slow computer. And some of the musicians are urging me to publish their live music video faster but I can’t.”
(The campaign ended last year, and he raised about 40% of his goal. The way Indiegogo works, you keep what you raise, provided your campaign is ‘Flexible Funding’. A ‘Fixed Funding’ campaign refunds investors if the goal is not met.)
You can also check out his YT site, Music Surveillance: Bootleg Video for Hong Kong Live Indie Music. Thousands of clips!
A live video of GDJYB 雞蛋蒸肉餅, showcasing more of the folk side of the band. It’s a shame they didn’t have a support bass player for this gig - the bottom end is lacking, but the vocals sound great.
This event was a concert called Women Take Back The Noise 2013 at Hong Kong Fringe Club. If you click that link, you can see photos & links of the other bands involved. I’m going to post something from each band, and we’ll get to know much more about the HK indie scene! =D
By the way, I think Soni used to play in a band called TickTock Museum; there are a few clips uploaded of that band backing up Eman Lam 林二汶 in 2013. (Eman was in at17 with Ellen Loo) You can see them back at YT.
Gonna do some Hong Kong content, starting with the band GDJYB 雞蛋蒸肉餅 Gai Dan Jane Yuk Bang. The name of the band is apparently a famous HK comfort food, steamed egg meatloaf. 0.0 (hm, I’ve seen stranger band names, LOL) Their motto is ‘GDJYB eats music’.
They self-describe as folk/math rock. This song, Burn It Down, starts out mellow & ethereal, and at around 1:30, abruptly changes to a very tricky pattern on the drums, and then the guitar also plays a complicated figure, reminiscent of tricot, the Japanese math rock band. (As a matter of fact, guitarist Soni uploaded a note-perfect guitar cover of a tricot song on the GDJYB YT channel)
Left to right, the band members are: Soft Liu (voc), Soni Cheng (gtr), and Chloe Ng (dr.)
Some fb stuff:
Sonic Deadhorse and Utopia will be at The WALL 賣捌所 UriSabakiJo in Yilan City tonight. (so that’s a double gig for Sonic, because he’ll be with Olivia Yan for the Utopia set)
Matzka played at the baseball game on Saturday. (they are shown by the dugout in this shot, but later, they were actually out by the pitcher’s mound.) =D
No Money No Honey posted a photo from their set at Spring Scream.
And Cold Fairyland have 2 gigs coming up, Real Live in Xiamen and a set at 2014 Shanghai Midi Music Festival the same weekend.
2014/04/11 Frandé @ The Wall, Taipei
——————-Beautiful set of Frandé (法蘭黛樂團); I’m still waiting to see some video from this gig.
"Live from Waa TV", it’s the latest installment of Waa News!!
As always, you don’t need to understand the language to get a good laugh. Seriously, her facial expressions & laughter is all you need. =D
She’s got help this time by a friend playing guitar next to her; she has to occasionally prod him to sing at the appropriate moments. So silly!
According to fb, the topics (translated by Bing/Google) include:
1. WEI what anchors broadcast to bring you a new experience.
2. Wei Ruxuan learning Italian with an Italian teacher. (*I was wondering what that was about)
3. Congratulations to Crowd Lu “natural best concert” success. (*snippet of Waa dancing - offstage - at the show)
4. Wei Ruxuan May 17 “Hide and Seek”: 90% of concert tickets have been sold!
5. new album audio clips. (*snippet of Waa recording vocal takes)
6. Thank rhythm anchor always keep up with what the guests of Wei Chi sugar pieces.
By the way, she must have recorded this the night of the Echo concert; she has the same hairstyle & clothes she wore onstage at Legacy.
Shanghai second installment:
We made it to town. Last night at Shelter was a stone groove. Gazz opened up with some haunting soundtrack music layered with pristine UK beat stylings underneath. I came on around midnight. I could make out a couple people dancing, but the beam from the projector kind of prevented me from see farther than a couple meters in front of the DJ booth. Up next Noise Arcade did quite a bass heavy set. I’m convinced Shelter is the only venue he should play from now on. You could feel the kick drum punching in your chest.
Tonight we’ll be doing a very different show at 696. Joining us will be gritty noise madman Junky aka Torturing Nurse. This will be my first time to see him live. I heard last time he played he ran an aluminum pipe with a contact mic through a bunch of fuzz pedals and delays. Also, there will be Shanghai new kid on the scene, Noise666. His last show in Beijing felt like what I imagine putting your ear on a Boeing 747 jet turbine for half an hour would be like.
I’ll be playing mostly field recordings I’ve collected with month around Beijing; which may or may not be the material for my next release. The name might be Bei Gou Yan.
We will also have the Noise Arcade and thruoutin spilt out for purchase called Peak of the Moon.
Really digging on Shanghai right now.
————————I always enjoy reading about how the shows are going, what the venues are like, etc.. =) By the way, do a Google image search on “shelter bar shanghai”. The place is a former bomb shelter, and it really looks cool! (I can’t find a homepage for the venue)
So finally, here is a clip from the Swing Your Neck show at Legacy. A string ensemble (with soloists), DJ, house band, rappers and beatbox.
Hip hop is not my thing, but this combination of elements is remarkable! There is even a Swing Your Neck brass version, substituting a brass ensemble for the classical strings.
How We Roll Music
Click here to see the brass version live, featuring ASH on lead vocal.
Check it out - hip hop meets classical violin! 0.0
Daphne Su (蘇子茵), BeatBox John and 2 rappers from DownSouthBoyz.
This is a promo for a show that took place this past December.
Daphne performs with Swing Your Neck, a string ensemble combine with hip hop artists Urchin MJ116 /MJ116/Kenzy Chou.
All are connected with How We Roll Music.
Promos for ASH. C Minor (張瑋琁 Ashley Chang).
Since Ashley has only released 1 single, I don’t know how much original material will be played at the ‘unplugged’ Legacy mini show, but there will be special guests who will also perform that evening. And members of Assemble! 集合樂團 will comprise the band.
This is the first single from Ashley Chang (張瑋琁), aka ASH., released in March.
The song was co-written with TeN (梯依恩) from How We Roll Music label. Violinist Daphne Su (蘇子茵) beautifully arranged & performed the music, Elisa Lin was recording engineer/vocal producer for the project.
How We Roll Music seems to focus mainly on hip-hop, and I think Ashley has sung with some of their acts. She is also a member of Assemble! 集合樂團; they are a cover band. (I’m basing that on the clips I’ve seen on YT)
A bit more about Daphne Su: she is a Juilliard-trained classical violinist, performs regularly with orchestras as a soloist. She’s also crossed over to pop and jazz. If you do a google video search on her name (蘇子茵), you’ll see a variety of styles: Brahms & Barber violin concertos, chamber music recitals, jazz, even hip hop with classical violin. (I’m gonna post some of that, just because!)
Elisa Lin, Taiwan’s Army of One! =D
These photos are all from Spring Scream 2014, in Kenting.
She played a set on guitar with her band, played bass with Rock’n’Rap, and trombone with FunkyBrothers
(You may remember that Elisa plays violin, flute & trombone in Tanya Chua’s ensemble.)