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Spring Scream picks

By David Chen and Alita Rickards  /  STAFF REPORTER



Hanna Hais

House music fans will want to catch this French DJ, who’s lauded for her good taste in beats and sultry voice. Hais, who was invited to Taiwan by the French Institute in Taipei, performs at the DJ stage tomorrow and Sunday.

Lazy Habits

Hip-hop with big band soul and a British accent: Lazy Habits are from East London. You’ll even hear a little mariachi in the mix. This eight-piece group, armed with two deft MCs, a scratch DJ and a jazz band, is a sure-fire party waiting to happen.

The Clippers (夾子電動大樂隊)

The Clippers were one of Taiwan’s most memorable bands during Spring Scream’s early days. Fans loved the dancing girls on stage and the group’s mix of rock, dated karaoke music and social satire. The band returns to Spring Scream with a few new members, but expect the same campy humor from lead singer and actor Xiao Ying (小應), who recently enjoyed a little stardom in the hit movie Cape No. 7 (海角七號).

Ciacia (何欣穗)

As one of the most talented singer-songwriters in Taiwan’s indie scene, not to mention a producer with a keen ear, Ciacia is always worth a listen.

Matzka and Di Hot (馬斯卡和辣肉樂團)

This dreadlocked Paiwan (排灣) musician is guaranteed to please sun-soaked crowds with a unique blend of reggae, hard rock, soul and Aboriginal folk. Don’t be surprised to find yourself humming his catchiest song, Ma Do Va Do (像狗一樣), long after the show.

Daximen (大囍門)

This hip-hop outfit of three MCs raps in Mandarin and Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese) against a backdrop of funky beats and jazz riffs. Daximen’s sound and rhymes lean mainstream but stay clear of Mando-pop territory.

Celluloid (賽璐璐)

Another veteran band from Spring Scream’s early days, Celluoid plays blues and garage rock. The band might lack the style and sheen of younger groups on the underground circuit today, but it always delivers for audiences that simply want to rock out.

Elisa Lin (林依霖)

Elisa Lin is one to watch. This young folk rocker looks as if she’s already being groomed for Mando-pop stardom, but her original songwriting and soulful voice keep things real. She often performs with IO, a group of talented Chinese Canadian rockers that won ICRT’s Battle of the Bands last year.

88 Balaz (八十八顆芭樂籽)

This four-piece band’s punk-inspired garage rock is a perfect match for Spring Scream’s “let loose” ethos. Lead singer Ah-Chang (阿強) probably won’t be stage-diving into the crowd on a bicycle like he did during his first time at the festival, but that same energy will be present.

Zenkwun (神棍樂團)

Plenty of bands experiment with traditional Chinese instruments, but Zenkwun uses them particularly well in its brand of pop-rock. Listeners will hear strains of nanguan (南北) and Hakka music in the sounds of the erhu (二胡) and suona horn (嗩吶) laced between electric guitar riffs and loud drums. And how can you not like a band whose lead singer named himself (Obiwan, 歐比王) after Obi Wan Kenobi?


Festivalgoers who keep track of Spring Scream history will welcome the return of Milk, one of the most beloved and storied expat bands in Taiwan. The group is back after a hiatus of several years.

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