Sundays & Cybele @ Rocks

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Rocks, Kaohsiung 3/11/2017 saw a fantastic lineup of the best local and international talent. From fuzztastic stoner rock through to psychedelic sounds from the underground, the audience was spoilt for choice. Hesher and The last Waves represented the Southern Taiwan music scene while the psychedelic Japanese quartet, Sundays & Cybele brought an international sound reminiscent of the psychedelic heydays.

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Sundays & Cybele, a band from Japan recently graced the stage at Rocks, Kaohsiung as part of their tour in support of their latest release “Chaos & Systems”. Sundays & Cybele have a massive psychedelic sound dispersed with some hints of acid rock, there is a distinct Japanese sound however that does not get lost in the eclectic mix.  This distinct sound has been created and crafted ever since they formed in 2004.  Mostly written by the front man Kazuo Tsubouchi one gets a definite sense of sincerity and a genuine quality through the music. It is heavy and heavenly simultaneously, and takes the listener on an acid drenched trip through sonic soundscapes reserved only for the masters of their craft. It weaves, turns and never stands still, there is a systematic chaos without losing its creativity. The reminiscent factor lies in the heavy Japanese 60s and 70s psychedelia influence a magical kaleidoscope of musical color emanate from this band as the set goes from strength to strength with songs as long as nine minutes it’s easy for the crowd to get lost in the beauty of what makes Sundays & Cybele such a world class act.

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Each member of this group has the musicianship of band one would expect has freshly stepped out of a time machine to deliver to us the individuals of the future a sound of the psychedelic heydays. The band move seamlessly from soft to heavy, from dark to light, from chaos to system that create auditory stimulation akin to a psychedelic experience straight from the 60s. Couple this with the projected psychedelic visuals that engulf the band from the back of the venue as they play, it gives one the sense of visual hallucination.

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Ultimately the music speaks for itself, the music from an era that is so pivotal in the history of its craft, this sound lives on in bands such as Sundays & Cybele, and this in itself is something exceptionally special.

 

The Last Wave @ Rocks

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Rocks, Kaohsiung 3/11/2017 saw a fantastic lineup of the best local and international talent. From fuzztastic stoner rock through to psychedelic sounds from the underground, the audience was spoilt for choice. Hesher and The Last Wave represented the Southern Taiwan music scene while the psychedelic Japanese quartet, Sundays & Cybele brought an international sound reminiscent of the psychedelic heydays.

 

It’s rare when a band steps out and creates a sound so tremendously unique that there is almost no way it could be categorized or put into a box, this in itself is the magic, and the music speaks for itself. This is what The Last Wave is all about. The Last Wave are Kaohsiung locals and one of the most unique sounding bands out there. There is a magical quality that resonates from this band. Each time The Last Wave play they add or subtract a new member who is then allowed complete creative control to improvise over songs that have previously been released and played by the other existing members. This creates a set of songs that are completely brand new in their own right, yet played with expert precision. There is no way to categorize the vast amount of elements that make up what is The Last Wave. There is a definite psychedelic factor mixed with a dub reggae base, but then sometimes there is an African vocal influence, a Middle Eastern guitar note, or even a passing ska trumpet all packaged within this funky sound. It is the intertwining of these sounds and influences into something audible that make this band masters of their craft. It’s an experimental extravaganza of sonic vibrations and a sound so rhythmically charged that the crowd could not stand still. This is one band that is worth every effort to see live. Make sure to keep an eye on future blog posts for up and coming The Last Wave gigs.

Hesher

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Rocks, Kaohsiung 3/11/2017 saw a fantastic lineup of the best local and international talent. From fuzztastic stoner rock through to psychedelic sounds from the underground, the audience was spoilt for choice. Hesher and The Last Wave represented the Southern Taiwan music scene while the psychedelic Japanese quartet, Sundays & Cybele brought an international sound reminiscent of the psychedelic heydays.

A strong crowd waited in quiet anticipation as the first act of the night made their way onto the stage, Hesher was up, and they did not disappoint. Hailing from Tainan this was their first ever show after only being together for a little over a year. They have developed a sound that is fresh and unheard of amongst the current music scene of Taiwan. A blend of stoner rock, hard core punk and psychedelic sounds meld seamlessly to create something that is truly unique. Sonically there is a nod towards Black Sabbath and Melvins, but there is still a glimpse of something original with regards to this melting pot of heavy laden sound, a bit of each musicians influence can be seen, heard and felt when Hesher steps onto stage. Rhythm guitars are filled with fantastic amounts of fuzz, the bass is smooth and adds another layer of sonic stimulation, the drums pound away in perfect rhythm, and guitar solos round off the whole package for what is and will most definitely become a band that brings Taiwan a new sound. There are no vocals present, although Hesher are on the lookout for a singer to fill the hot seat and round off the lineup. After a short six song set Hesher left the stage, and the audience, who experienced something original that night, wanted more. Make sure to keep an eye on some future blog posts for up and coming Hesher gigs.

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