One of Taipei's most active foreigner-based bands, Red 23, will play tonight at the Wall in a three-in-one show with Hindsight 20/20 and Tube that will cover as many bases in musical styles as possible.
Red 23 plays what the band's frontman Matt Nicodemus has dubbed "rock-lectic."
Categories and descriptions aside, Red 23 play a fun and upbeat mix of tunes that, at a stretch, could remind people of Hootie and the Blowfish or the Dave Matthews Band.
The other bands on the bill will make for some different listening, as Hindsight 20/20 plays heavy-riffing hardcore. Relative newcomers to the local indie scene, the band formed last year, but has played some fairly impressive shows at Say Yes to Taiwan, Spring Scream and MTV's Band Hunting competition, where they made it into the finals. They also opened most recently for the American post-rock band plus/minus at the Wall.
Hindsight 20/20 isn't showy California hardcore, the type where the tattoos and piercings are as visible and loud as the music, but are more "emo" hardcore in the tradition of Minor Threat and Fugazi. The music's loud and angry, but it's righteous anger is focused against a cause.
A rarity in Taipei's underground music scene is funk, so the inclusion of Tube in the lineup can only be positive. The group of college students that make up the band do a pretty good job at reviving the Parliament spirit.
The Wall seldom has such diverse lineups of bands, so tonight could draw an interesting crowd that doesn't always cross paths at the venue's normal shows.
What: 3-in-1 with Red 23, Hindsight 20/20 and Tube.
When: Tonight 8:30pm.
Where: The Wall, B1, 200 Roosevelt Blvd, Sec 4, Taipei (台北市羅斯福路4段200號B1).
Ticket: NT$300 at the door.