Since the disbandment of Shy Kick Apple (害羞踢蘋果), Mary Bites Kerry has stood with Skaraoke as the ambassadors for the small Taiwan ska scene, a sub-sect of punk and a cousin twice removed from the funk scene thanks to the horn presence. Shiao is looking forward to watching ska grow here, helping it along by doing what he does best.
“Just play more shows to get people to know ska music,” Shiao says of his plan to build local knowledge of the music he loves. “Maybe some young kids will see it and decide to play. It’s still new.”
■ Mary Bites Kerry plays along with B.B. Bomb tomorrow night at Bobwundaye, 77 Heping E Rd, Sect 3, Taipei City (台北市和平東路三段77號). Tickets are NT$200 at the door (NT$50 off the first drink), and the show gets underway at 10pm. Doors open at nine.
Tomorrow night will also see the eighth installment of the Raw Noise Attack concert series, featuring a fistful of bands from the local metal, punk and crust scenes. (Full disclosure: Your humble scribe, himself a 30-something band wretch, is in two of the bands on the bill).
Headlining this edition will be Tokyo death metal/doom act Anatomia. Since releasing their debut full-length, Dissected Humanity, in 2005, the band has toured around Asia and to Europe, and put out a steady stream of demos, splits, compilations and EPs, along with a second full album, Decaying In Obscurity, that came out in 2012. While other death metal bands blast through songs at 200 beats per minute, Anatomia takes the opposite approach, slowing things down to the speed of sludge sluicing uphill. The result is a new definition of heavy that trims away the excess and leaves behind nothing but monolithic, reverberating power.
■ Anatomia headlines Raw Noise Attack VIII (第八屆猛烈爆音攻擊極端音樂會) tomorrow night at Revolver, 1-2, Section 1, Roosevelt Road, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號). Advanced tickets are available for NT$550 at Liberated Rhythms (解放之聲), 606-6 Guangfu South Road, Taipei City (台北市光復南路606號之6). Tickets at the door are NT$700. The first of six bands hits the stage at 6:30pm and Anatomia will go on around 9:40pm. Doors open at 6pm.