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Best Hong Kong bands to rock out with

Samantha Leese and Dwight Maar CNNGo.com 12/10/2011 01:22
Best Hong Kong bands to rock out with - music - entertainment - Hong Kong

Folk rock, psychedelic stoner metal and political bubblegum pop - it's the soundtrack of our Hong Kong lives

Lighten up with Noughts and Exes.

Noughts and Exes

The makers of Hong Kong’s finest indie-folk-pop are set to make waves further afield as the first Asian pop band to join US label Spectra Records in August. 

Noughts and Exes are a multicultural outfit, whose members hail from Hong Kong, Canada, Australia and Britain. They produce an equally eclectic sound, using instruments such as electric cello, glockenspiel and melodica which come together in delicate musical tapestries.

Their second album "The Start of Us" was released in 2010 (listen to it on their website), with keyboardist Gideon So and singer-songwriter Joshua Wong at the helm.

Noughts and Exes will play at Clockenflap on December 11 at the Harbour Flap stage. www.noughtsandexes.com

DP: Hefty metal.


This hefty, hairy duo have a hard-earned reputation as one of the heaviest live acts in Hong Kong. But how can two men produce such a massive, monstrous sound?

We're still not sure, but by distilling the spirits of Black Sabbath and stoner metal with classic rock and 1970s psychedelia, drummer Paul Maclean and bass player Dave Wong have won a devoted local following and even an appearance at last year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

The band, which rose in 2007 from the ashes of popular local rock outfit The Academy, released their self-titled debut in August. The follow-up album is due early next year.

DP will play at Clockenflap on December 10 at the People's Party stage. Listen to DP on their Facebook page.

The Poubelle International art-poppers.

Poubelle International

This colorful party rock trio formed in 2007 after a few late-night jam sessions at Sheung Wan hangout Sense 99.

Poubelle International landed their first gig through local music showcase Underground the following year and released their debut EP, "Avec La Boom," in 2010.

Vocalist Ben McCarthy, drummer Johan Persson and bassist Zane Stroud produce deceptively simple angular art-rock with a whiff of disco and are known locally for their wild live shows and striking videography.

The band launched their latest record, "Sans Contrôle," at a packed Grappa’s Cellar in June and their video for single "The Hedonist" is now screening on MTV and Channel V.

Poubelle International will play at Clockenflap on December 10 at the People's Party Stage.

Watch Poubelle International videos at www.poubelleinternational.com

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