Wednesday night at KITEC with Blonde Redhead and Sohn. This is my favourite venue - not too big, not too small, you're never far from the band. They got the sound right too which was crucial as both bands are Godzilla on the electronics.
Sohn opened the show with a 30 minute set playing on keyboard and singing in a falsetto he reached full throttle at some points in his repertoire and consumed all the space in the room and my head. His voice soared over the growls and oscillations that were radiating from the synth, reminding me of Jimmy Sommerville from 80s band, The Communards. Sohn is from London and lives in Vienna. Tremors is his just released debut album and it's his first time in Asia - everyone in the room liked that.
Check out the slow motion snow in Sohn's video, Artifice.
Blonde Redhead are Kazu Makino and twins, Simone and Amadeo Pace. Their sound is large and deep - the brothers studied jazz in Boston - there was never a dull moment in their set. Simone Pace played the drums while Amadeo Pace and Kazu Makino would hold up parts on vocals, bass, guitar, keys and synth. Kazu Makino's ether-like voice sailed over the hypnotic rhythms which put me in a trance and then blew my mind when they got heavy, intense, chaotic and utterly epic. They're from New York and formed in 1993.
The drumming in Blonde Redhead's song, 23, reminds me of the Silversun Pickups.
We're playing at Handover Hallelujah for the first time ever! Koya will be playing his first gig with us and most of our set will be new material. EXCITED!
Handover Hallelujah is into it's fifth year. It'll be the biggest handover event The Wanch has held so far - a weeks worth of music with over 70 bands.
Bands include: Sushi Robot, The Homestead, The Bollands, Cyrus Chow, Turing Apples, The David Bowie Knives, Dr Eggs, Don't Panic, Bank Job and Gonzales Rodriguez.
The band schedule is on facebook. NTP are playing on Monday, 30 June at 7:15-8:45pm.
Looking forward to catching some new bands!
It was my first time to the vigil at Victoria Park. I got there at about 8:30pm and walked down the road to the park. The road was lined with banners and filled with the sound of people from various political parties making speeches on loud speakers. Free newspapers about June 4th were being handed out and people were donating money to help organisations such as the "Mothers of Tiananmen".
Unfortunately, I couldn't understand what anyone was saying and I didn't pick up the newspaper as I can't read Chinese.
As we got into the middle of the park the crowds came to a standstill as most people had gathered at the green and the football pitches to listen to the speeches.
It was inspiring to see people of all ages there - families, young adults and older people. I saw an old couple who were sitting on tiny camp chairs holding their candles up. Students were sitting on the ground. Some sat with sombre looks in remembrance of June 4th.
Inspirational songs were sung and speeches made in Mandarin and Cantonese. I presume they were made by dissidents and Hong Kong university students. Again, I couldn't understand what was being said but I caught a couple of phrases "...10 thousand years of freedom..." and "...after three thousand years of Chinese civilisation we've come to this..."
There was a moment of silence while I was standing amongst the trees on the Tin Hau side of the park when the cicadas suddenly raised their hum to a roar. It made the silence in the park all the more palpable.
Half the year is almost gone and I've only obsessed over one new release - Hospitality's "Trouble". Amber Papini's voice is mellow like a summer breeze, the bass and drum are funky and tight and make you want to dance. I liked every single song on the album and listened to it ALOT!! - possibly non-stop - except for showers and food. Amber Papini (guitar, vocals), Brian Betancourt (bass) and Nathan Michel (drums). From New York. I've posted "Going Out" below, one of my favourite songs from their album.