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Friday, June 12, 2009

The Storm after The Calm...Witness and Innisfallen live

The Hunger Site

Two great live bands for Hong Kong indie fans to check out.This gig saw one of Hong Kong's best live bands, Innisfallen, giving a workout to some new material and more familiar favourites from their highly successful debut album'REallusion' and Witness ,the UK lo-fi indie rocksters with two albums that gained great critical acclaim and appearances on MTV’s Five Night Stand and Later With Jools Holland as well as tours supporting bands such as The Charlatans, Doves, Wilco and Embrace in between their own headline shows. The second album, 2001’s Under A Sun,after glowing reviews, led to main stage slots at all the major UK festivals including Glastonbury, Reading and the V Festival.

Innisfallen kicked off the show with lots of material from their excellent 2005 debut 'REallusion',and live versions of 'No Reply','Beautiful Soul','Hairstings'which now have a darker,heavier feel with Cheong Ho's drums more to the forefront as well as some newer songs which see the band exploring new directions.This band 's sets are always worth checking out and this was no exception with a good balance between crowd favourites and newer,more experimental material.
Innisfallen 'Orange'

Witness arrived trailing clouds of glory from their previous incarnation and look like a welcome addition to the Hong Kong indie scene.On display were some great songs mainly taken from the 'Before the Calm' album' and in frontman Gerard they have a talented,passionate vocalist with equally impressive performances by Ray Chan on lead guitar. You can hear lots of influences in their sound from The Verve (they're both from the same town) through to a Neil Young or REM altcountry sound.Going by the enthusiasm from the audience this band still have a lot to say.
Witness 'Here's One's For You'

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