June 25, Graffiti
Hong Kong has seen more than its fair share of indie bands come and go. The local musical community is small, but diverse - bands tend to break up and reform with new members with relative ease. And in a city full of life, changes and drama, few bands tend to stick together for more than a few years. So any band that has stayed together for more than a few years can be said to have paid its dues.
Shotgun Politics is one such band who have weathered it out together for almost three years. Last weekend they celebrated the release of their second studio album, Glow, by hosting a night of live music at Graffiti. Sporting ripped sleeves, black jeans, spiked hair and plenty of tattoos, Shotgun Politics played their signature blend of old-fashioned guitar-driven rock as well as some nu metal-inspired pieces that featured plenty of late-90s nostalgia.
The evening's set list consisted mostly of songs off the new album - including Carry On, the guitar melody of which sounds uncannily similar to Weezer's Say It Ain't So. By the chorus, the song segues into a Red Hot Chili Peppers-inspired guitar solo, invoking images of lonely Californian highways. By that point of the night, it was clear what musical influences Shotgun looked up to.
Though the band's line-up has changed over the years, the founding members of Shotgun Politics remain in the band. And at the CD launch event, Hong Kong's indie music lovers were thrilled to see a band that has stayed together - well, playing together.