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Never mind New Year's Eve, bring on Antipop! 2

By Ron Brownlow  /  STAFF REPORTER

Consider the Meek is helping to put Taiwan's indie music scene on the map.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF RABBIT IS RICH AND CONSIDER THE MEEK

Independent rock 'n' roll takes center stage in Taipei and Taichung this weekend when Japanese punks the Vickers and a battery of Taiwan-based underground bands tear it up for the second Antipop! tour.

After the success of the first Antipop! in November last year - the Taipei leg saw crowds of roughly 100 people at each of its two shows - organizers wasted no time in announcing Antipop! 2. This weekend's three-day event starts tonight at Groovecity in Taichung before heading to Taipei for shows tomorrow and Sunday at APA Lounge 808 (阿帕808) in Ximending (西門町).

"There's a really positive vibe about this weekend," said Consider the Meek frontman Kevin Lee, who is organizing the second Antipop! with bandmate Kelly Holtz. "We'll do it every two months if we can. We just want to make it bigger so we can bring over bigger bands."

Pop-punk unit the Vickers are headlining the tour and, along with political punks Consider the Meek, will play all three shows. The Vickers are known for their fierce live performances - their guitarist likes to stage dive while playing guitar solos - and hard partying after shows.

They've released three full-length albums and have visited Taiwan before, performing at the Formoz Festival (野台開唱) in 2004. Bassist Chisato Ohtsubu, a founding member of the influential all-female punk band Thug Murder, co-founded the Vickers along with the guitarist for Tokyo heavy metal band Real Shit.

A review on www.pacifictionrecords.com says the Vickers "are sure to appeal to any punks who have an appreciation for heavy metal and go for poignant lyrics and speedy rock 'n' roll." On its MySpace site (www.myspace.com/thevickers), the band lists its influences as Motorhead, the Dropkick Murphys, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Social Distortion and Black Sabbath.

Tour notes:

Antipop! 2

Tonight

The Vickers

Consider the Meek

The Hand Knife

Winsky

Where: Groovecity, inside Tiger City

(台中老虎城旁停車場) at 120, Henan Rd Sec 3, Taichung City (台中市河南路三段120號老虎城). Visit www.grooveyardtaiwan.com or call 0939-574-737 or (04) 3606-2305 for more information

Tickets: NT$200 presale or NT$300 at the door

Tomorrow

The Vickers

Consider the Meek

Rabbit Is Rich (兔子很有錢)

Deadly Vibes

Kenny From Casino (賭場肯尼)

New Hong Kong Hair City

Where: APA Lounge 808, 6F, 152, Zhonghua Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市中華路一段152號6樓), near Ximen (西門) MRT station exit No. 6. Call (02) 2381-5378 for more information

Tickets: NT$350 presale or NT$450 at the doorSunday

The Vickers

Consider the Meek

To a God Unknown

Casanova

False ArrestWhere: APA Lounge 808, 6F, 152, Zhonghua Rd, Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市中華路一段152號6樓), near Ximen (西門) MRT station exit No. 6. Call (02) 2381-5378 for more information

Tickets: NT$350 presale or NT$450 at the door

Details: Doors open at 7pm for all shows. Two beers for NT$100 and NT$100 mixed drinks at the Taipei shows. Discounted presale tickets can be purchased by e-mailing leekrecords@hotmail.com, by calling Kevin Lee at 0917-500-128 or by calling the venues. Presale tickets are available at the venues until doors open.


Joining the Vickers and Consider the Meek tonight at Groovecity will be The Hand Knife (手刀樂隊), founded by the former bassist of Taichung's well-regarded all-girl punk band BB Bomb (BB彈), and WinSky, which plays hard rock in the style of late 1970s and early 1980s bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.

It will be the last live music show at Groovecity and Patrick Byrne, the venue's co-founder, said they will be "going out with a bang."

"It's going to be a very party-oriented rock event," he said.

In Taipei, tomorrow's opening acts are Rabbit Is Rich (兔子很有錢), a young garage band that sounds like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; the Deadly Vibes, a straight-up rock outfit whose three members used to play together in the Daymakers; and pop-punk band Kenny From Casino (賭場肯尼). The opening bands will play 30-minute sets. The Vickers will follow after Consider the Meek and play for an hour. Afterwards, funk combo New Hong Kong Hair City will take to the stage and mellow things out before Saturday's after party.

Both tonight and tomorrow's shows are scheduled to end around 1am. Sunday's show will end earlier but features To a God Unknown, one of Taipei's most impressive post-rock bands. Also performing Sunday are Casanova, a new pop-punk/emo college band that sounds like Blink 182, and False Arrest (錯誤拘捕), another new band that also plays emo.

Lee and Holtz got the idea for Antipop while touring Japan with US punk band NOFX. There, they found an underground music scene where musicians and clubs promoted their shows much more actively than their counterparts in Taiwan. Even though they sing in English and are based in Taiwan, most of the 4,000 or so CDs Consider the Meek has sold were purchased by Japanese.

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