■ The On Fires is a rock band that sprung out of the fervid scene in Melbourne, Australia about a decade ago. When I call them rock, I mean “rock.” There is nothing “post” about them. Their sound makes you think of the big rock sound from the 80s, of bands like The Clash or AC/DC. The core is the girl-boy duo of Marty Xenoff on guitar and vocals and Max, a statuesque redhead who sings and plays dancy parts on a keyboard with a shoulder strap. Sometimes they have a drummer. Two years ago, they discovered the indie rock scene in China, and have been going back ever since, with three appearances to date at Beijing’s Midi Music Festival, two more at the Zebra Festival in Chengdu, plus assorted touring throughout the country. This is their first time ever to Taiwan, and outside of Ho-Hai-Yan, they made it a point to play a local livehouse show, which will happen tonight. “Our soundman knows their manager,” says 88 Balaz guitarist A-Qiang (阿強). “They got in touch with us by Facebook and said they wanted to play a local show, so we set one up.”
The On Fires play with 88 Balaz and BB Bomb tonight at 10pm at Revolver, 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市中正區羅斯福路一段1-2號). Admission is NT$350 at the door, including one drink.