New on the scene is singer/songwriter Nathan Javens’ latest band, Blind Acid Date, which plays tonight at Revolver. The psych rock quartet is formed from half of the bones of former post-rock group Collider — drummer Jon Snowdon and bassist Thomas Squires, with Alexander Ives of Ween tribute band Skycruiser and High Tide on guitar. The latter two musicians also provide backup vocals.
Javens, formerly a guitarist and vocalist in Public Radio was front man for the unfortunately named experimental rock band Homo Jews, until the group “ran its course,” according to Javens.
Though he is a talented solo performer, being the frontman for a band revs Javens’ engine and cranks him up in a way the guy-with-a-guitar scene doesn’t.
At a recent show at Bobwundaye, the musicians seemed more focused on getting the new songs right than on rock star antics. Hopefully with the music sorted, these boys will let their hair down, take their shirts off, and let their rock demons out to play.
Blind Acid Date will be joined by another new band, Kid Millionaire, featuring Macgregor Wooley on lead vocals and keyboard, Tristan Newman on backup vocals, guitar and samples, Mike Tennant on bass and backup vocals, and Kyle Bajcer on drums.
“After the breakup of New Hong Kong Hair City, we knew we wanted to continue playing music together,” said Newman. “But we wanted to try and create something totally new, and try to push beyond the boundaries of the standard four-piece rock band.”
They formed ideas and loaded samples, sound effects, and sound bites onto laptops and shared them during rehearsals. Aiming for the versatility of a DJ, songs range from 90bpm (beats per minute) to 180bpm and cross a variety of genres. “We intend to continue to diversify ourselves in the endless sea of opportunity that is the digital age,” said Newman. “Nowadays, music can be written at home, sent through e-mail to the rest of the band, and thrown into iTunes. This is tremendously helpful as each member has more time to explore his section of the music and develop it more thoroughly.”
■ 10pm today at Revolver, 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號). Admission is NT$250
Roxymoron is releasing a new EP this Sunday during a show with My Skin Against Your Skin and Coconuts (椰子) at The Wall (這牆). The EP, titled Popular Wasteland is composed of four tracks: Cats, with vocals by Pia Hsieh (謝詩平), is a melancholic, poignant love song, Crawl, which shows a darker side, the catchy Didn’t Mean, and Shapes, which kicks in a harder sound. The lyrics are mature, dealing with heartbreak, love, longing and angst. Traces of The Bravery and The Killers are tempered by the band’s originality.
“There’s no real unifying theme to the EP, but all the songs were written in the months leading up to recording, so they show what we were feeling at that time,” band member Ben Smith said. “It’s a pretty bitter-sweet record, with upbeat, dancey beats mixed in with more broody elements.”
■ 8pm Sunday at The Wall (這牆), B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). Admission is NT$400 in advance, including the EP, and NT$300 without (contact Smith on 0987-636-477), and NT$400 at the door
Taiwan continues to make a name for itself in the international music scene, where (unlike many sporting events) it does not have to be referred to as Chinese Taipei. Jack Hsu of The Hsu-nami, a coordinator of the Passport to Taiwan festival in New York City, which takes place Sunday, just finished a tour in Taiwan this spring and is boomeranging the favor by having two Taiwanese bands play: The Chairman (董事長樂團) and pop/rock group Red Flower (紅花樂團).