In celebration of its first anniversary and the launch of the new EP from My Skin Against Your Skin, Hong Kong-based Black Market Music brought a diversified line-up of artists to Legacy in Taipei. Despite beginning relatively early, the event drew a pretty sizeable crowd even at the very start. Black Market Music representatives were also present at the door, selling EPs from the various artists as well as other assorted paraphernalia.
First up on stage was solo artist Edney Yang, hailing from Kaohsiung. Yang’s blend of acoustic guitar and soft-but-edgy vocals got the night started on a pleasant, relaxed note. With a voice somewhere between James Blunt and Kurt Cobain, he definitely brings an interesting tonality to the local scene.
Next, darkening things up quite a bit were Forget the G, from Macau. While at times pretty lively, the trio of singer/guitarist, keyboardist and drummer was darker and moodier than most of the other acts that night.
Bouncing right back to the peppier side of music were Coconuts (椰子). Despite singer A Pay (阿霈) being a bit chatty between songs, Coconuts delivered a very tight, cheerful performance. Personally, I thought they were one of the best bands that played that night, even if their music isn’t what’s normally on my playlist.
Kicking off last the half of the evening were The Hunger Artist (飢餓藝術家). Here’s where things started to get more energetic. While not exactly heavy, The Hunger Artist were definitely on the heftier side of the scale even with half of the band absent (My Skin Against Your Skin bassist Yu Si-lu filled in for one).
Turning the dial back to the lighter side of things were Echo (回聲樂團), with yet another tight, pop performance. With a refinement that comes from a lot of performing, their energetic songs had the crowd moving throughout the entire set.
The final act and de facto headliners for the evening were My Skin Against Your Skin. Despite repeating again their recently oft-played songs like “Good” and “Romantic Brain,” MSAYS were definitely not slouching on their performance. Singer Andrea Huang took to her usual routine of madwoman, while bassist Yu filled the hall with thick bass lines. And when all was said and done, cries for an encore were enthusiastically answered with another couple of songs; which the crowd ate up.
All in all, it was a night packed with great music from start to finish. After the show, members from the various acts were posted outside, with MSAYS’ Huang even getting her own line for autographs. In the end, Black Market Music put on a great anniversary party, and managed to get a great deal of talent on stage for everyone’s enjoyment.