Cat Kiely from the South China Morning Post wrote an article about women in the Hong Kong band scene and interviewed a whole bunch of us about our thoughts on what's happening. Girl Power!!
I went to XXX last night to catch this short film which was made at Open Space on Lamma Island by Snapdragon Pictures. The dense bass-heavy electro music (which I heard was original) created an edgy suspense and was a perfect fit for the movie. There was enough watermelon, chicken meat and noodles for the gore factor which triggered mild facial contortions in me. Grossest scene: when the zombies start eating their own insides. Coolest scene: when the main character sprays lighter fluid on the zombies and sets them on fire with her discarded cigarette. Check out the trailer. - Sue
Muso, Stuart Lennon and Comic, Nick Milne started up this weekly podcast. They promote, review and discuss what's happening on the city's cultural front. Listen to Crossed Wires.
Videos of Hong Kong bands and international bands.
I accidentally stumbled upon Joanne Shaw Taylor while I was looking down a list of female British guitarists on Wikipedia. There were two names on the list, which was more than I'd imagined. She's got a big throaty voice and she plays the blues with swagger and brash. She's great to watch on stage and her band rock too! Have a look and a listen to this song. - Sue
Videos of Hong Kong bands and international bands.
Friday night was Bittersweet Acoustic Pop night at Java Java. I was lucky enough to get to see Stuart and Reign both in one show! Here's Stuart with his band Papancha!
Here's Reign playing one of my favourite song of hers. Actually, I'm playing along with her too here. We were on tour in America and we were playing in a town in the Appalachians called Big Stone Gap. The song is called Weaker States. - Sue
It was great to hear The Bollands play again! I always feel like having a party when I hear their songs. Unfortunately, Corey Tam couldn't make it so I didn't get to hear him.
All For A Vision are an electronic band, as I recall AJ saying, but they were doing an acoustic set with Fortuna on guitar and AJ on tin-can shaker! AJ usually plays bass but said he was going acoustic tonight. I think they played covers and originals, one of them may have been a Justin Beiber song. They got my feet tapping... Fortuna was slick on her guitar and I liked it when they harmonised. Explodatron is a new act from the singer of Autological. They were a duo on guitars and they played some pretty fast rhythms. They reminded me of John Mclaughlin and their music was gypsy, like Spanish guitarists. They sang in low hypnotic voices like the bass drone you get with blues guitar players. I didn't get a chance to talk to them as I had to disappear for the ferry again! But before you leave this page check out The Bollands! I like this song. - Sue
Infinity Productions will film NTP's first video. We would like you to vote for the song that you think should be made into our first music video. The songs are 'Light Me Up' and 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Please have a listen to the songs on the NTP page and vote by clicking on the 'Like' button. We also want our friends to be the audience in the shoot so please let us know if you can join us on the shoot. Thanks! - Sue
A good way to start off the night at Java Java is to eat a spinach quiche and that's exactly what I did. This was followed by Charliah who played a beautiful set of classical music on her violin. I know she played Bach because it was written on her song book! It was incredible that I recognised all the pieces she played.
The night gathered momentum with Aileen's set. She played keyboards and sang her original songs. I love listening to Aileen sing, her voice flows like a river and makes you want to dive into infinity pools. It was also the first time I heard Darren perform with Aileen. Darren and I jammed through a raging thunderstorm on a back porch last summer. Rain was coming in from all sides and lightning bolts were striking the hills around us. It was good to see him playing guitar without the threat of electrocution.Charliah and I came on for the last set and we played out the night to a good bunch of friends and a lovely couple who said they come into Java Java every Saturday to listen to live music. They sat right in front of us and were treating themselves to two very large chocolate milkshakes. After that it was time for Charliah and I to treat ourselves. We spent the rest of the night with Tamara and Reign - whom I hadn't seen for ages, at a great little bar called Blackbirds. But before you leave this page have a listen to Aileen Alonzo singing with Josh O'Connor. This is my favourite song of theirs.
Two minutes before the show starts the speakers blow!
Gareth improvised with tissue-box-sized monitors and The Other Band jumped in with their raw Delta blues. David's violin and Neil's double bass played off nicely against Michael's gritty voice and resonating dobro - they played a rip roaring set.
Charliah and I came on after, and by this point I was feeling all pumped up and ready to GO! As we played Light Me Up the smoke was coming off my strings. Charliah was as cool as ice keeping up and she played a wicked solo.
By the end of our set the speakers were all good. I spent the rest of the night chatting on the L-shaped terrace and dancing to Mr Doey and Barnaby Bruce's music. By two o’clock I was fading and in urgent need of a kebab from Ebeneezer’s.
On the street, LKF was experiencing Alcoholic Armageddon. Before my eyes, a swarm of human beings were stumbling out of bars and clubs desperately hanging on to each other. Taxi drivers weren't picking anyone up. The drunken mass surged and ebbed in a toxic tidal wave.
I took the kebab and gave up all hope of getting a ride. Traipsing through wind and rain I battled past the jostling mob, crossed vast swathes of tarmac, conquered escalators, steered clear of floor polishers and arrived at the ferry pier. I had eaten my kebab on the way as it was too good to keep in my pocket. I found a quiet seat on the boat and fell asleep... 2:30 bliss. - Sue