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Live Wire: Return of the Deadly Vibes

By David Frazier  /  Contributing reporter

■ The 2014 SXSW Taiwan Showcase takes place tomorrow from noon to 3pm at The Lost Well, 2421 Webberville Rd, Austin, Texas. Admission with SXSW wristband. For info, check:


What in the heck happened to the Deadly Vibes? The rockabilly trio of Jason Copps and twin brothers JD and JT Long have put on the most rollicking, rockin stage shows in Taiwan’s underground rock clubs for over a decade now. They wear cowboy shirts, stick their pelvises out towards the crowd, and howl expletives about rock ‘n’ roll almost continuously through their blistering, dance-happy sets. Copps’ crooning and yodeling harks back to honky-tonk singers and 50s rock ‘n’ roll. The band has always had a following and manages to turn nearly every gig into a juke joint rager. Tomorrow they’ll play their first show in over a year. Lately, I’ve heard rumors that this will be their last gig ever. Could that be true? And where on earth have they been?

“This is not going to be our last show,” says guitarist JD Long, speaking on the phone from his home in Ilan. “Jason had a baby last year, and we’ve had various things come up in our lives, but you can believe that we’ve still been playing music.”

Tomorrow’s show at Revolver was scheduled “just because we scheduled it,” and fixing a date on the calendar got the group “going back into the studio and practicing again.”

“Lately I’ve actually been playing more guitar than I ever played in my life,” said Long. That includes some new experiments. “I’ve been going back into the vault and getting into some old 1930s and 1940s blues and country.”

“That stuff might come out in the future, but not just yet. It’s been a while since we’ve played, so this is going to be all Deadly Vibes stuff,” says Long.

Well it’s about doggone time!

■ The Deadly Vibes play with My Skin Against Your Skin tomorrow night from 9:30pm at Revolver, 1-2 Roosevelt Rd, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號). Tickets are NT$200 and includes one drink.


Yannick Barman is a Swiss trumpet player who has split off from his roots in jazz to integrate digital beats and create a unique audio-visual show that uses both live trumpeting and computers. Now touring through Asia, he’ll be part of two weekends of free performances called Spring Chill (春季ㄎㄧㄤ游), with performers ranging from ambient instrumental groups to noise musicians and indie dance DJs.

■ Tomorrow at 435 Art Studio (435藝文特區), 435 Zhongzheng Rd, Banqiao District, New Taipei City (新北市板橋區中正路435號) performances go from 3pm to 10pm and include Yannick Barman, Tunnel of Light B Side, WWWW (落差草原), Utopia (世外桃源), KbN, Sonic Deadhorse, Wang Xin-ren (王新仁) and Ke Zhi-hao (柯智豪). On March 22, performances take place at Dulan Caotang in Taidong County (台東都蘭草堂), going from 4pm to 7am the next morning. The Taipei event artists will be joined by DJ Cotton Disco, Zephec and others. Admission to both events is free.

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