For Change, People and Our City
Sep 24, 7.30pm, Warehouse
Heavy metal band AC/DC once declared that rock'n'roll ain't noise pollution. A new CD compilation of local bands is trying to show that it can also lead to positive changes.
For Change, People and Our City features 14 local acts, both new and established, including J Minor (above), Luke Chow, Hardpack and King Ly Chee, and is being launched with a series of live shows around town, the last of which falls later this month.
'The idea was to release a compilation that represents the diverse sounds of the independent scene in Hong Kong,' says project co-ordinator and sound engineer Ben Tse Jo-tat of Touch Music. 'Most importantly, though, each band had to contribute a song that has a positive or thought-provoking message.'
Touch Music, set up in 1994 as a non-profit organisation, is engaged in musical production from recording to training. 'We wanted to make sure the production of these bands was solid enough so that, when people heard it, they'd really hear the bands in a new way,' says Tse.
'Hong Kong isn't generally known for good band-type music production. We knew from the start we wouldn't make any profits or gain anything apart from seeing people form a stronger community and give people an opportunity to hear these bands. We wanted to do something different which mightn't necessarily change the world, but at least might make a slight difference to the music scene.
'We also want people to realise that bands here can be talented and have important things to talk about.'
Most bands were chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, although the emphasis was on finding an eclectic mix of styles.
'On this recording you can hear everything from hardcore to metal, punk rock, bossa nova, indie rock, acoustic pop and much more,' says Tse.
'I hope people will take the time to listen to this CD and support it for the bands and for the general local independent band scene.'
116 Aberdeen Main Rd, Aberdeen, $40, $80 (including CD). Inquiries: 9800 4254