Live review from Volkswagen x Underground Battle of the Bands Final 2017
Mockingbird opened their three-song set with Departure – an upbeat chuggernaut with a distinct emo rock vibe. Choruses came crashing in between Evanescence-esque guitar picked verses, although singer Miki was fighting against a barrage of heavy guitars, often straining to hit the higher notes, with the lyrics “Out of a broken dream” being difficult to pick out.
She was still fighting against the wall of sound during Lotus. This song again utilised clean picked verses, but the half time chorus led the band in more of a Paramore direction stylistically. The song gradually built in power, and really highlighted drummer Kelvin’s inventive style.
The 5-piece ended with showstopper Poison (Time To Say Goodbye), which saw the band at their most confident. Again, the picking guitars were more prevalent, although with a little more grit, which soon paved way to a soaring chorus. Miki was finally dominating the mix, and flaunted her vocal ability with flare and precision. It’s just a shame it took them a couple of songs to get into their stride…
– Chris Gillett
Live review from Underground 115:
2. I don’t belong here
Mockingbird’s stated mission is “to let everyone find their true selves deep down” through their music. With such a lofty goal, a musical journey was to be expected. But, unexpectedly, it was Mockingbird’s split personality that dominated the travelogue.
The band kicked off in strong style, the four instrumental members churning out melodic riffs and pounding beats and Winnie wielding the mic like a she-demon. Emo-punk with a sharp, heavy edge and a sense of fun. They cramped up a little when they pulled things back, but they were adept when cutting loose, and Winnie’s wail was the icing on the cake.
Then: Cantopop. Two songs into the set, without any warning, Mockingbird executed a stunning backflip into a parallel dimension. Suddenly we were magically transported to a jumbo karaoke room in Causeway Bay where the Vicodin of musical genres reigned supreme. Cantopop! Wheeee, smile and wave along!
Two songs later, as if to lower us gently back to Earth, Mockingbird said Goodbye with a relatively standard, Cantonese-language, American-style pop rocker. But I’m still not sure where reality is.
– Brendan Clift