Jan 15, 8pm, Grappa's Cellar
It may be 2011, but if you've got a nostalgic itch for something that takes you back to the days when pop artists weren't clad in neon-coloured designer suits or directing product placement videos, then retro band Logo could be for you.
The Hong Kong-based band has been compared to '70s psychedelic acts such as Pink Floyd, as well as old-school punk bands like the Clash. The three-piece psychedelic punk band is all about no frills and, most importantly, no logos. The band features James Wolfe (centre) on drums and lead vocals, Yanyan Pang (left) on bass and Chris Dundon on guitar. Wolfe says the band's 'alert-punk' sound is influenced not only by music of the past but also by modern-day city life.
'All the songs have been written in Hong Kong and draw from our experiences of living here,' he says. The lyrical content of the title track of their new album, Illegal Brain, and other songs such as Love Hotel reflect the band's perspective on social myths and contradictions that exist in the city. What sets Logo apart, Wolfe says, is that while they write about the commerciality of Hong Kong, they are not necessarily a part of it. This is one reason why Logo draws such a diverse audience at each show, with their followers coming from every industry: 'Our fan base are mainly models, film directors, voice-over artists, scream therapists [and] stock traders.'
Logo will hold a release party for Illegal Brain at one of their favourite venues - Grappa's Cellar - next Saturday night, and will be joined by acts including Amino Shower, the Brown Note Collective, Luke Chow and Sushi Robot.
B/F Jardine House, 1 Connaught Road, Central, HK$180 (includes CD, drink and pair of sunglasses), HK$120 (with drink, sunglasses). 2521 2322