Forgive the clichéd title today. I was digging through my Spring Scream photos and realized I never posted this shot of th e lead singer of TAKAYUKIDAN, or 多火油機團, a Japanese band performing during the second and third nights of the festival in Kenting.
Next week is the Dragon Boat Festival – I hope this week flies by!
Sorry about the pun… I’ll stop now.
Moss is a Taichung-based psychedelic rock band that I came across on the second night of Spring Scream – and quite by accident. Regardless, they were impossible to miss with their crazy costumes. I have already posted two photos of the band when publishing a preview of Spring Scream in April.
Unfortunately, I haven’t found much of their music online – if you know where it can be found, let me know!
This is a Taiwanese ska band that put on an outstanding show on 4/3 during the third night of the festival. Here’s a site with their music.
Samurai Attack, or SA, is a Japanese “Oi”-style punk band that formed in the 80’s and still tours extensively today. I had a chance to see them warming up and dropped into their show about halfway through. Though I couldn’t stay long, I got some of my favorite shots with the 35mm f/1.8 and attached an SB-600 to a cable to use sparingly as strobes were going all over the place anyway.
Video first, then photos below.
The personality of the lead singer helped me take one of my favorite concert images ever as he hoisted the mic above the audience to help them take part in the music. The black and white works well for punk bands, and it makes the noise from the high ISO almost acceptable!
Both of the above were taken with the 35mm. As you can imagine, I had great access to the stage and still managed to keep away from the mosh pit! I doubt my camera would like that experience…
The crowd was much larger/thicker than is seen here. While it’s great to show the crowd’s response, it’s sometimes hard without the right angle on the shot or a wide-angle lens.
This post is the first in a series of two regarding Peacefest, an expat-led world music festival in rural TáoShān, located in Wufong Township, Taiwan. While I’m not much of a music festival enthusiast (especially if the title is “Peacefest” as I tend to be a bit of a realist/pessimist), I decided to check out my second music festival in two weeks after realizing that I hadn’t explored much of this part of Hsinchu County.
The most interesting part of Taoshan (I’ll go away from pinyin now) is the aboriginal heritage of the town. You can tell this even in peoples’ faces – they’re certainly not of Chinese origin. Taiwanese aborigines have had a history that is much like that of other natives – being pushed off their land, being given minimal resources with which to work, and succumbing to social problems such as alcoholism. You can tell that in this area – Taoshan itself is certainly more wealthy than the surrounding villages, and even then, it is the exception.
While most spoke Mandarin and all the signs were in Chinese, there was a certain non-Chinese personality to the place. I’ll have to visit places like this again. Of course, I’ll have to be prepared to have things sold to me… nearly all of the food vendors greeted me with a happy “HELLO!”
Anyway, on to the photos.