Monday, July 7, 2014

[June Edition] What You've Missed: Blonde Redhead + SOHN

Blonde Redhead has been in the music biz for about 10 years, while SOHN debuted himself in 2012. "Will the crowd be any different, will they show some support for this SOHN dude?" Well, truth is, the crowd was just as stimulated by waves of mind-blowing beats. It was truly a night to remember. For those of you who didn't know or couldn't make it, you certainly have missed a great show in your life (yes you did, ha!).

Photo: Gladys Wong via Facebook

The first performing artist was SOHN and he did bring out the professional side of him to hype us all up. There was an air of uncanniness about the way he dressed and perform. A gray winter hat under a hood of the same color--gave me an impression of how a modern preacher of music would clad himself (If only music were nothing but a religion)--were all we had for the whole show. On top of it were a great voice, coupled with the dazzling light effects and bombarding sound system. Together they, or rather he, gave us something more than just a show/gig, it was something beyond, a sensation I'd say, and that is not an understatement.

You can't imagine how impressive and breath-taking to be standing in the front row, experiencing the heart-shaking sound waves and the flashing-while-sweeping cones of light. Sohn brought us tracks from his debut album, Tremors, which was only just released three months earlier.

I first heard of his name was when his song Bloodflows was featured as free music of the week on the iTunes store, which naturally led me to his YouTube page and got myself amazed by the simplistic and artistic ambiance. I guarantee you listening to his album with your dr. dre headset can't even be compared to a tenth of the magnitude of the blasting sound system right at the venue.

When SOHN had delivered a big show for us all, and still had us under his charm. The next act--Blonde Redhead was already at the backstage, preparing to relay the torch of music from SOHN.

Photo: chaur via Flickr
Blonde Redhead--a sophisticated rock band composed of Kazu Makino (vocals, rhythm guitar) and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace (drums/vocals and lead guitar, respectively)--has been on the scene for about a decade now.

Photo: chaur via Flickr
They surely knew their craft and got right into the biz by bringing the audience a few tracks off their new album, then moved swiftly to the good ol' songs. We only have to stand straight and relax to have a great night. You can see the power of the female vocal was both absorbing and unleashing, thanks to the hurrahing and body-moving crowd.

The female vocal was like an anime character who could sing and play guitar, which was aurally fresh and visually chic. It was not an easy task to put a label on their music. It truly is one of a kind out there. Also, their passion for music is appreciated. Their attention to every musical detail was noticeable on stage and that was just remarkable, even the audience might not be able to tell the difference. They would check to see if they had the right notes before starting the performance. Such behavior from an experienced band like Blonde Redhead is admirable and should be respected. 

The genuine enjoyment in music shown on their faces and that had seeped through the audience as well. Even if you weren't a groupie, after this show, you might have to give it a second thought. Because, well, their songs are just really appealing to the ear. It was as if you were led by them to another world where no music had set foot there before.

Oh là là. How I wish you were there to see it for yourself.

Show info:
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 

08:00 PM to 11:00 PM 
Blonde Redhead + Sohn 
KITEC Music Zone Live House G/F KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon: Yau Tsim Mong References:

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