These Hong Kong bands have done us proud, and we’re obsessed with their music. #supportlocal
While the alternative music scene is attracting more eyeballs, with big names coming to Hong Kong like Beach Fossils, Mount Kimbie and Föllakzoid, the local music scene is also starting to heat up, with great gigs happening every week at live music venues across the city. There are an array of Hong Kong bands that are producing quality music at the moment, and we’ve put together a list of our absolute favourites.
Hong Kong bands to get you into local music
Having released their stunning debut EP Floret in 2015, Thud have often been regarded as the most promising local dream pop and shoegaze band. The whimsical brains behind Thud deliver beautiful synth and a captivating wall of sound that make people slip into a blissful coma. And words are out that new stuff is coming up very soon, we’ve been waiting for too long!
Read our interview with Thud here
Blood Wine or Honey
Blood Wine or Honey make crazy music, crazily good electro-psychedelic music. Their debut EP Anxious Party People overwhelms listeners with brilliant rhythmic excursion and electronic madness. And their upcoming album Fear and Celebration will be out on June 8 as well!
My Little Airport
When it comes to Hong Kong bands, My Little Airport are a local legend. They started out as a quirky indie pop group mumbling about teen problems and daily trivia in 2004, and have grown to become lyrical geniuses singing about local politics, economy, love affairs and human society. It’s just the kind of lovely music that will get you hooked.
Read our interview with My Little Airport here
Local techno/electronic band tl;dl don’t rock people’s world with large sound or catchy melodies, but their tunes are just as mesmerising. It’s hypnotic, beautifully arranged and perfect for a night-time chill out session.
Short for A New World If You Can Take It, alternative rock band Anwiycti are good at making wonderfully atmospheric and dark music. Being one of the first Hong Kong bands to play at Iceland Airwaves music festival, you know they have a way around creating impressive sound.
Heavily inspired by early 90s British pop music, especially the Madchester indie scene, local indie band Fantastic Day conquers everything from alt-rock to softcore and neo-electric. They are always fun and always experimental. And needless to say, they have absolutely incredible guitar skills! Fantastic Day have currently stopped making new music, so you might not be able to catch them live anytime soon. But… Guitarist Chi Wai is working on his new project – a band called Foster Studio.
Life Was All Silence
With their band name inspired by The Art of Noise, Life Was All Silence create beautifully haunting music that can be categorised to noise, experimental and post-rock music. From the build up to the end of their tracks, every note is just cathartic. Definitely one of the nicest post-rock bands in the scene.
Read our interview with Life Was All Silence here