Every year Fulong Beach on the northern end of Taiwan becomes a mecca for indie bands participating in the island's largest battle of the bands. Since beginning in 2000, the festival has featured bands of all genres including indie rock, punk, ska, metal, pop, electronica, folk as well as various fusion styles. Furthermore, the competition reflects this diversity with a list of finalists that has included 88 BALAZ, TIZZY BAC, CHILDREN SUCKER and most recently WHITE EYES. Ho-Hai-Yan, a name taken from an aboriginal phrase signifying the ocean, has now come to be synonymous with having good summertime fun while supporting local independent talent.
CD Compilation - TW056
The 2004 Ho-Hai-Yan battle of the bands might just on of the most diverse competitions yet with bands reflecting a wide spectrum of style and genre. B.R.T kicks off the compilation with a song that includes nu metal grind and hard-hitting rhyming alongside old school heavy metal wailing. The 2004 finalist, JASMINE plays one of her award winning up beat folk pop songs. Indie girl band BEAR BABES offers a slow but bop-filled number. INNER SENSE represent the prevalent post rock scene with a soothing instrumental that would sound fantastic near the ocean at twilight. One of the island's accomplished singer song writers, GLORY plays a bittersweet acoustic song. SODAGREEN, known around Asia for their pop sensibility, make an appearance with a rockin' fast-paced hit. KOU CHOU CHING spit out their binglan flavored rhymes becoming one of the first straight hip hop groups to play this normally band dominated event. Acoustic rock group 929 play a thoughtful number with crisp strumming and powerful vocals while MAGICAL GUYS finish the set with a comedic taike rock song that takes some hilarious and wild local-flavored turns! This live compilation reflects the variety, energy and power of the Taiwan music scene and should definitely be checked out Asian music enthusiasts!