After-After-Party

IMG_7972.JPG Live Review from Girls with Guitars #7
1. Nice to Meet You
2. Artistic Ass
3. Hell Taxi
4. Selfie 101
5. Annoying Cats
6. I Am Not a Ten
7. Happy Holiday

After-After Party started their first song (ever, really, since it was their debut) by asking the name of the guy who had consistently been undiscriminatingly loud throughout the night, which was revealed to be Mike. Singer/guitarist Yanyan proceeded to christen him ‘Mike Truffle’ and the loud and raucous soundcheck proceeded with his name as its mainstay, sounding a little like Wild in the Streets by the Circle Jerks. Right from then on there was a fun, wild, loud and noisy vibe in the room, helped along by Yanyan’s bouts of heavy metal shouting (and her subsequently paying for it with massive doses of throat pain and raspiness for the rest of the night). Their lyrics are in the classic tradition of comedy punks like the Dead Kennedys or the Descendents; from Artistic Ass and its diatribe against overly arty types who take themselves too seriously to poor taxi-line etiquette to directions to how to properly take a selfie and even to self-deprecatingly admitting to being average-looking, the lyrics are steeped in dry wit, mild absurdities and clever put-downs. The occasionally acerbic lyrics also bear a close resemblance to those of those of a certain Tyger Feb….I wonder why…
They combine the funny lyrics with their razor sharp and abrasive guitar sound, coming out of a lovely teal Fender Mustang (if my eyes were working correctly). The piercing, don’t-carish guitar is much like that used by early punk bands like The Slits (whose Ari Up also happens to sound much like Yanyan’s throaty yell), and a little bit of the loud bombast of The Dictators, backed up by a solid, thudding rhythm section. Happy Holiday, in particular, was something like reading the phone book, but you’re reading the list of holidays in HK instead of the actual phone book, of which I imagine the Dictators would be immensely proud. There aren’t many poppy moments to be had, but Selfie 101 is a little like if Bon Jovi covered a Nirvana song, and I Am not a Ten sometimes dipped into Avril Lavigne territory. BUT, otherwise a terrific first show by them, suffused with the spirit and abandon of The Ramones. Even if you don’t like punk, you could go and see them in order to get the details of all their online dating website. And end up listening to the music instead.
— Shashwati Kala

這是After-After Party的第一場演出,但他們絕對不是什麼新進的音樂人,每一個團員絕對都是資深的「band友」,只是這一次選擇弄出一個Comedy Rock的組合,以「幽默」作賣點,而的確,當晚他們成功把全場觀眾都逗得開懷。他們cutie與screaming的唱法交錯著,帶來十分有趣的化學作用,而且她們的歌曲都是圍繞生活和潮流的,例如《selfie 101》,是真的會教你如何自拍,然後更有觀眾即時走到台上跟成員自拍,這就是live的可愛和精彩之處,感覺不是演出,而是一班朋友在玩和即興唱唱歌一般。

– Sidick Lam

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