Writing from Taichung; the music scene here is not as thriving as it is in Taipei, even though rumors claim how Taichung used to be the foundation for much of the indie music scene today. The scene might not be ‘thriving’ here, but there is a local scene with a force of punk and metal artists including talented acts like Damnkidz and Flesh Juicer to name a few.
A few local live-houses provide space for the local bands to express themselves at, and to enhance the local music happenings; a second Legacy live house had just opened in the city (around mid September). This time the location was just too close to my home that I needed to go see what the rave was all about.
Walking into the concert room my eyes were hypnotized by the astounding lighting and the ultra-crisp sounding PA provided by the Legacy crew. Onstage were four men (excluding drummer), sporting black suits, top hats and suspenders, looking like a group of jazz cats. But the music communicated was opposite of elegance. Instead it was screeching guitars, gritty and heavy mud drenched riffs supported by the pounding punk rock drumming I was longing to hear.
I have been a fan of 非人物種 since my move to Taiwan, and what really inspires me about this band is how they have incorporated their authentic local culture and environment into their compositions, so you can really feel the essence of a rural Taiwan in their music. (I recommend viewing their MV “Not My Home” to see it for yourself)
Highlight for me was their Nakashi influenced song “我是一隻夠” (I Am A Dog). Not sure if the lyrics is narrating the life of a dog in a literal or metaphorical sense, but it evokes the impression of a hard-working individual.
As the band concluded their set, the singer from 那我懂你意思了 jumped onto stage and collaborated with 非人物種 performing their hit song 摆渡人, which was quite a hit with the audience.
Up next were 那我懂你意思了, who maintained the fire throughout their set, with an eclectic mix of songs ranging from Chinese pop rock – alternative - hard rock to Nakashi influenced riffs.
It was my first experience of 那我懂你意思了 live, and the element that really stood out for me was singer, Xiu ze’s incredibly emotive vocals. Singing sensitively in ‘還是不要聽到的好’ and screaming his brains out in the theme song ‘我們沒有夢想’. The entire band’s execution regarding technical proficiency was outstanding, and their compositions were actually quite sophisticated. Their music would likely appeal to a mainstream audience, though they also leave some headroom for experimentation, hence captivating the attention of the indie kids.
Once they ended their set, the crowd was asking for more, leading to an encore where members from 非人物種 reappeared onstage for a collaboration, covering old pop songs by renowned Taiwanese pop artists (劉德華, 吳宗憲, 柯受良 and 張震嶽). This really got the crowd going, as most of them were probably familiar with these songs through their upbringing.
The musicians enjoyed themselves. The audience was entertained. The PA and lighting rocked. A satisfying way to end the week!