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Music: Simply magic

By Alita Rickards  /  Contributing Reporter

GMB: Because organic doesn’t sound as good.

Photo: Steven Vigar

Party organizer Hexed Generation may need a little black magic to squeeze the ambitious lineup for its second live music event, Voodoo, into Revolver’s limited space tomorrow night.

Starting at 8pm, six acts are scheduled to perform on the Taipei venue’s second floor from 9pm to 3:30am.

Hexed Generation’s debut event in December, dubbed Saturnalia, marked the beginning of what the duo behind the outfit hope will become quarterly rock and electro-based festivals.

“I think there tends to be a feeling in Taipei that live music doesn’t bring in the crowds and the revenue that dance music does, which is why the clubs in Taipei rarely show live music,” said Toby Garrod, who cofounded Hexed Generation with Greg Russell. “We wanted to see if that was true, and I think Saturnalia, with a crowd of over 300, proved that it isn’t.”

The lineup for tomorrow starts with post-punk from Macbeth (a favorite of Joy Division/dark 1980s fans), synth/pop indie rock from the Looking Glass, and Ween tribute band Skycruiser (which Garrod sings lead vocals for), all by midnight.

After the witching hour, Black Sabbath tribute band Into the Void will be followed at 1am by KbN (凱比鳥), which in 2008 became the first Taiwanese band to play the legendary rock festival South by Southwest. GMB, otherwise known as Genetically Modified Beats, will play live electro from 2am to 3:30am.

GMB, made up of Eben Pretorius and Matt Chisholm, has just released its first international EP, a remix of John Caza’s Cartagena, through Progrezo Records. The track is “very summery,” said Pretorius, who “used the samples from the track and samples of live instruments in a very looped, electronic fashion, then gave the acoustic feel back to them.”

Performance Notes

What: Voodoo

When: Tomorrow from 9pm to 3:30am

Where: Revolver, 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號), near Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall MRT Station (中正紀念堂捷運站) Exit 4. Call (02) 3393-1678 for details

Admission: NT$399, including two drinks

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The duo is signed to a management company in Canada (Live Vision MGMT) that is promoting GMB internationally, and plans are afoot to tour the UK later this year.

“If you get your name out as a good producer people know you are a good DJ,” said Pretorius.

With music ranging from live electro and rock to Ween to Black Sabbath and back to electro, Hexed Generation’s Voodoo might just get your mojo rising, but with such limited space, take care who you poke it into.

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