Underground 17

22-12-05

Thanks so much for coming down to support Underground.
choosing to watch live music on winter solstice night
Lets grow the music scene together in Hong Kong.
love Chris B xx

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Broken Lighter
Six piece speed metal band influenced by some of the Scandanavian speed-cum-black metal bands. Some ferocious and fast drums, heroic head-banging stances by the two guitar & 1 bass lineup and the slight neo-classical/prog like keyboards (which complement the harder-edged sound of the guitars.) They cite Stratavarious + Holloween as influences. Also strong hints of THERION, CREMATORY (both German bands), THEATRE of TRAGEDY (from Norway) and AMORPHUS (Finland). Audience spotted grooving to this band.
Nick Lovatt

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Helter Skelter
They start off with a funky “Jean Genie” sounding song, then get a bit more rock N roll on track 2, mellowing out on “Missing your Love” song which gets warm applause and go a bit jazzy loungey on the fourth track “Got in the Christmas spirit” NOT BAD for a self-styled blues band! Chris B & I decide we like the glam funk sounds (“Helter Skelter win the “glunk” award of the night) hands down. They finish off with a very early Stonesy sort of song. (Big thanks to Gary Garoupa for tipping me off about this band)
Nick Lovatt

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AUDIOTRAFFIC
Audiotraffic make a welcome return to the Underground. I guess they’re the headliners tonight with a set that reprises most of their Rockit show. Track 2 is “The Running Man” starts to get into the FX wah wah fuzz bleep guitar shit that they do so well (and what I like best about them) Track 3 continues to remind me in spots of “Starstorm” by UFO live in Tokyo 1970, with a mindbending guitar solo. Track 4 is The Killerssong – great sheets of guitar noise melting into Husker Du or Bob mould Black sheets of Rain. Seemingly unprepared, Adrian kept up a stage banter with the audience and yes we still love Audiotraffic.
Nick Lovatt
Audiotraffic’s Website

Above photos © Copyright 2005 by Willem Van Der Merwe

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