More live shows. More records. Local independent music devotees are investing their time and money to make their dreams of stardom come true. Indie bands struggling for a higher exposure are putting on more live performances and producing their own albums, even though they inevitably lose money. But their efforts have earned greater covergae in both the English and Chinese media, plus boosted their chance of being 'discovered'. Tomorrow night three-piece indie band Primary Shapes are going on stage for the first time at the Collected Monsters show. The gig follows the release their debut EP Bell Lab. Primary Shapes are made up of two 24-year-olds - TVB's music dubbing director Tang Chi-wai, and Yuen Cheuk-wa, who studies in the Sound Department at the Academy for Performing Arts - plus Wong Shing-san, 26, who works in the Internet industry. 'Music in this era has come to a very boring stage and we want to add new elements,' says vocalist Tang. Having grown up under the influence of classical music, Tang describes the music of Primary Shapes as 'melodic', which means there are catchy tunes. 'We also like listening to The Beatles, Radiohead, Massive Attack and John Cage,' he says. Primary Shapes opt to sing in English rather than Chinese because they 'want more people to listen to their music'. 'If the African langauge was the most popular langauge in the world,' says Tang, 'we would also sing in that language.' While Tang focuses on singing and playing keyboard, Wong strums the guitar and Yuen is responsible for computer sound effects. 'But we can switch positions depending on the song,' Tang says. The band was formed in 1997. 'We went to England in January last year to search for record deals,' Tang says. 'We knocked on the doors of record companies and played them our demos.' The boys landed a recommendation from Charlie Rapino, the producer for Primal Scream and Dubstar, and a deal with Massive Attack's managing director. 'They want more material, so we will record tomorrow night's gig,' Tang says. 'Multi-pop' band Plastic Gap is also on the 'monster' bill. The 26-year-old frontman Man Wui-ho invented the term 'multi-pop' to describe the band's music. Plastic Gap are another of the many bands who prefer to sing in English, saying the tone of Cantonese does not make for a good sound. The band's influences are local duo Tat Ming Group, the Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Pink Floyd and The Beatles. 'When we were still a four-piece, our style was more like Brit-pop,' says Man. But now the trio - vocalist and guitarist Man, bassist and keyboard player Sin Chun-wai, 22 and 27-year-old drummer Henry Law -have diversified their sound. Primary Shapes and Plastic Gap will join the experimental dance duo Slow Tech Riddim, one-girl-band The Pancakes, Double Happiness, the Pliable and the Nerve at the Collected Monsters III gig. 'But now we no longer play British type of pop rock.' Since the guitarist left three years ago, the remaining members - v - decided that their style should be more diversified. Plastic Gap is in the process of recording their own album. Having been doing live shows since the band was formed in 1997, Man says that the recent rave craze has pulled some young people away from indie band shows. 'We hope that people will remember Collected Monsters as an icon of the indie scene,' says Man. Collected Monsters III. February 3, 7.30pm. Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets $100 available from Urbtix: 2734 9009.