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By David Frazier  /  Contributing reporter

Local music critic Yeh Yun-ping (葉雲平) once said: “Before 1976’s Sense of Direction, in the minds of Taiwanese youth, Britpop still held a hair’s breadth between idealism and realism; but after Sense of Direction, the rock, the Brit, the dreams, the mimicry, its refinement… all got swept together into the flowing stream of guitar lines [and] came together as one.”

1976 went on to become a minor sensation in Taiwan’s indie scene, breaking through to sign with a major label, Sony BMG, in 2009. They have been less active of late, so this milestone makes a good excuse for a gig in front of some loyal fans. The band will celebrate the anniversary as part of Legacy’s retro rock series, Classics Reissued (經典再獻), which periodically features local bands that emerged in the 1990s or earlier.

Expect a group of old school rockers in the back of the room and mod haircuts up front. This is Britpop, Taiwan style.

■ 1976 performs tomorrow night at Legacy (傳音樂展演空間), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號). Tickets are NT$800 at the door, or NT$600 in advance through www.indievox.com.

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