Sunday, August 2, 2009
Good news for fans of alternative music in Hong Kong.
There's no doubt that the Hong Kong indie scene is improving when we have talented young bands who're already well known with other young guns following the trail they've blazed.That's highly encouraging for fans of the local music scene in a city full of bars pounding out bland ,stereotyped musical offerings.
First on in this Backstage gig were Chochukmo,just back from a highly successful Malaysian tour and even without their bassist they played an awesome acoustic set which highlighted Jan's vocals more than their normal raucous electric outings with favourites like 'Tell Laura I Love Her',a great version of 'Number One' before closing the set with two of their killer songs,'Caroline' and 'Head To Toe'.
Chochukmo live @ Backstage
Chochukmo's feelgood jangle-pop harmonies were followed by the much more basic but hugely enjoyable post-punk of Shotgun Politics with a heady mixture of pounding drums,shouty vocals and a driving rhythm section operating at maximum velocity.
Shotgun Politics Backstage
Despite their youth ,headliners Innisfallen already have one very good album ,'REALusion', and are already working on songs for their next so this was a chance to preview some newer material alongside favourites like'Beautiful Soul' and 'Butterfly Effect'(cue audience singalong and general mayhem from the crowd).Another great set from one of Hong Kong's best and indie bands.
Innisfallen 'Butterfly Effect'