After the triumph of the first Detuned Radio Festival last year – an event which gives a platform to some of the most talented acts in Asia – the organisers have returned with a (slightly delayed) second instalment. Held this time at Yau Tong’s This Town Needs, there’s an even more diverse line-up than last year. Organised by members of local rock-star veterans Maniac, who celebrated their 15th anniversary last month, here’s a deep-dive rundown of what to expect next weekend.
On Friday, there’s a focus on rising Taiwanese acts, but opening the day is local dream-pop and shoegaze starlets Thud who have just returned from their first tour of Britain. They will be the perfect warm-up for local four-piece TYNT, who performed such a triumphant set at last year’s Detuned that they have been invited back. Mixing propulsive metal-style drums, swirling synths and dreamy vocals on their March release Erasing, TYNT are one of the most exciting bands in Hong Kong right now.
The first of three Taiwan-based acts is I Mean Us, from Taipei. Having formed in 2015, the indie/noise-pop/shoegaze act have self-described their style as “schmaltzy songs at the end of the century”. Combining rock music with experimental instruments, and folk elements and punk, Chiayi five-piece Amazing Show hope to take the audience to a world of “love and deception”. And with a wide range of influences, from Radiohead to Jurassic 5, Taipei rapper Leo will close the opening night in style, as he merges jazz, hip hop, reggae, and scat singing with Mandarin, with a groovy sound guaranteed to get people dancing.
Saturday starts with Hong Kong’s poetic-pop duo Per Se at 5pm. The two-piece are in the thick of a new project,《Ripples, Reflections and Everything In Between. The concept album discusses how different people view and value time, using historical events as inspiration, and releasing new songs on the anniversaries of these events.
Next up is a collaboration between 27-year-old Manila-born rapper JB, who now lives in Hong Kong, and local independent hip hop unit Greytone. Following them will be alternative, post-hardcore five-piece Instinct Of Sight. Their heavy riffs and melodic interludes, set against heavenly female vocals have earned the group a dedicated fanbase. The group performed at last year’s Clockenflap, and we can expect them to fill their slot with songs from their recent album, Blended Abstract, which was released in the spring.
Billed second from top on Saturday night is Japanese metal act Her Name In Blood, who released their 16-track album Bloodline in June. who will show us why they have shared stages with huge names in the genre – including American rockers A Day To Remember, and US heavy metal band As I Lay Dying.
With sold-out tours in their native Japan, Fukuoka five-piece Memai Siren are the night’s headliners, with their distinctive piano rock/hardcore hybrid sound. Since their 2015 debut album Waiting For Yesterday, the group have gone from strength to strength; last year’s Prisoner’s Dilemma EP gained praise from fans and critics alike, they signed to major label Sony earlier this year, and licensed their music to anime TV show Karakuri Circus.
It may only be the second Detuned, but looking at the line-up, there’s no doubt it will keep Yau Tong rocking all weekend. Detuned Radio Festival runs December 6 and 7. Tickets are available from White Noise Records, Zoo Records or tickcats.co. Tickets bought for the original August dates will honoured.