by Adam Wright
Perfect time for Clockenflap
Now that the preliminary lineup has been announced, it's time to start getting excited about the Clockenflap music and multimedia arts event, which is, sadly, the only outdoor live music festival to be held in the city this year.
Although there are no big-name acts confirmed for the November 7 and 8 festival at Cyberport, a few stand-outs are slated to attend, most notably British alternative rockers Blood Red Shoes and Alexis Taylor, a member of famed electro-poppers Hot Chip, who'll be flying in for a DJ set.
Blood Red Shoes are a duo comprising drummer-singer Steven Ansell and singer-guitarist Laura-Mary Carter, who draw their influences from indie rockers such as Sonic Youth and P.J. Harvey. The duo enjoyed a swift rise to fame after forming in 2005, and have appeared on stage alongside some major names including Foals and the Breeders.
Apart from being a respected electronic band, Hot Chip's five members are also known for their skills as DJs, and Taylor is expected to bring a set focusing on the indie-pop, electro-dance sound that has won the band accolades from publications including NME and Mixmag.
Some top local talent will also perform, including Chochukmo, Snoblind and Noughts and Exes, plus a variety of local DJs. Tickets are due to go on sale soon.
EBM Motor to rev up Volar
'Electronic body music' was a description German electronica pioneers Kraftwerk coined to describe their 1978 album The Man-Machine, but the term has since grown to encompass an entire genre combining abrasive industrial music and dance rhythms.
Important bands of the early EBM era included Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Nitzer Ebb, all British outfits who brought gruff vocals over pounding rhythms to clubs across Europe in the mid-1980s.
One modern EBM outfit winning acclaim for their live shows are Motor (above). The duo of New Yorker Bryan Black and Frenchman Mr No have acknowledged their debt to early EBM with remixes of Nitzer Ebb and have had their biggest year yet by supporting Depeche Mode on a 20-date tour of Europe. Touring the tracks off their latest album, Metal Machine, which they describe as 'relentless mechanical grooves that spit blood', Motor filled those venues with walls of industrial techno, and are set for a live show at Volar in Central on September 25. Entry for non-members is HK$250.