In what I’m starting to see is their style, Silverbus opened the show by simply walking out on stage. No dramatic lighting, not even the opening of curtains; just a stroll and off went the music. Whatever fault one could find in the show aspect of their performance, however, was more than made up for by some of the best rock you’ll find in Taiwan. Simply put, from start to finish it was a non-stop ride of tight, solid music, matched only by singer Chen Hsuan Lee’s powerfully emotive vocals.
In stark contrast to Silverbus, Sorry Youth was probably one of the best shows I’ve yet to witness from a local band. Big lights, smoke up the wazoo, props, talking to the crowd and even a guy in a fish-head costume – yes, they had it all. Definitely living up to the “youth” part of their name, few shows have as much energy as these guys put out. On the musical end of business, that same enthusiasm translated into high-powered songs that got the crowd moving. While there wasn’t all that much in the way of innovation or even catchiness, Sorry Youth managed to deliver (in spades) on what’s really important at a live show: entertainment.