Taibach, Billy Bao & NYPD
Oct 27, 2018 | 7 – 11PM
Empty Gallery is proud to present a fall night of raucous, ecstatic, and fiercely irreverent music from Cantonese hardcore band NYPD ( 南洋派對), Basque noise-rockers Billy Bao, and industrial/minimal wave weirdos Taibach. Local four-piece NYPD will open the night with a set of off-kilter punk jams featuring lead vocalist Jon’s musings on late nights in Tai Kok Tsui, relationships in Hong Kong, and local eating habits – among other subjects. Spanish noise-rock band Billy Bao will follow with their first Hong Kong performance. Formed by notorious theorist, sound artist, and noise musician Mattin (collaborator of Junko, Oren Ambarchi, and Tony Conrad among others) Billy Bao traffics in an abrasive, ritualistic, and sloppy form of “degenerate rock” which is sure to upset anyone with normative expectations about sound, genre, or musical “skill”. Last, but certainly not least, Empty will host a rare public performance by mysterious electronic duo Taibach, finally emerging from the shadows after years of furtive and tenuous rehearsals. Conceptualized by two well-known arts professionals who wish to remain anonymous, Taibach plays martial electronic music drawing influence from classic industrial bands, techno, and electro. With a name combining references to their ancestral homeland of Taiwan and the infamous Slovenian industrial group Laibach, Taibach restages the classic thematics and aesthetic strategies of industrial music – applying them in a timely and incisive manner to the current East Asian political situation. A necessary corrective to our usual program of occasionally staid experimental and avant-garde music, Empty invites you to come let your hair down for the night.