What starts out slow and dreamy turns into sharp and precise, as Hong Kong “math-folk” group GDJYB ease you into their world before punching you softly with great riffs and incredible vocals sung in “Honglish” (Hong Kong English). The bass playing throughout is especially excellent, and it’s refreshing to hear it mixed so that you can actually hear it. And the video is top notch – it appears to be shot using film and anything goes in this all-white space. The group has much love in their home, though it’s time they break through here in the states.
Oh! Nullah: Hong Kong punks’ digital-only 2015 release will now be physically released via Sweaty & Cramped
Our good friends over at Sweaty & Cramped are physically re-releasing two Oh! Nullah tracks from its 2015 digital-only album ‘Jaded Summer.’ Fans of S&C’s Asian Emo compilation will also dig this Hong Kong band’s melodic guitars and driving drums.
From band member Ben Tse:
“’Jaded Summer’” is a song I wrote for a friend whose mother passed away, and ‘Last of My Mistakes’ is about accepting that no one is ever immune to failure or disappointment. ‘Restitution’ is the restoration of something lost to its original owner and a concept that these two songs attempt to grasp and convey.”
The music video for tfvsjs‘ “Battle from the bottom” is nuts. The latest single from the Hong Kong instrumental math-rock five-piece gets the cinematic treatment as two women talk, laugh, and cry in red and blue rooms. They fall in and out of love as math rock tears them apart. A mime shows up. Everyone plays cards. Everyone goes home alone.
Like most math rock I listen to (I don’t listen to a lot), I try not to get caught up trying to figure out the meaning of the music and just enjoy feeling smart and complex as glitchy guitar riffs bounce off militant drums. I do enjoy tfvsjs a lot for their Canton twist on math rock, and I hope they keep making music for a long time.