Three of Hong Kong's best indie groups hit Orange Peel
An exciting selection of international up-and-coming electronic artists phase into Central this fortnight. Top of the bill are FuzzCulture (pictured), Universal Music India’s industrial electro darlings. Arsh Sharma and Srijan Mahajan fly into Hong Kong specifically for this show, straight from New Delhi’s underrated alternative scene. Mining a vein of electro-rock similar to Test Icicles and Hadouken, FuzzCulture mix Skrillex-esque bleeps and bloops into forthright rock songs. Whether you like to headbang, skank or sway at a live show, it’s hard not to fall for the group’s energy.
Flaunting a papier mâché head while he sways over an impressive synth setup, Miguel Bastida heads local Mexican expat band Deer, also on the night’s line-up. The other half of the act, Adriana Martinez broods on the microphone, powerful in her lower registers like a cross between PJ Harvey and Joan Jett. Her guitar chords lick the eclectic rhythms that sound from Bastida’s drum machine. The atmosphere the pair creates has already picked up speed abroad – despite forming just two years ago, Bastida and Martinez have toured China, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan and Spain. Their compositions – scrupulous as a result of their classical training back in Mexico – are influenced by alternative rock, but soar above and beyond with Latin and Chinese elements.
For An Di Yi, the UK soloist whose influences lie mainly in his continuing time spent in China and Hong Kong, this will be the first live show ever. No rank amateur, last year An Di Yi was scouted by Tom Robinson for BBC Introducing and the former post-punker has two full albums under his belt. Atmospheric and smooth, his tracks recall both calm vistas and restless urban nights. A wonderful opening act, An Di Yi reminds us of the intricacies of Asia and the stunning effect simply living here can have on one’s music. Jules O’Brien