Hazden is a local Hong Kong indie rock band with a sound that’s influenced equally by British and Japanese rock. Led by Faye Wan, a striking woman with a powerful voice, I first met and shot them at an Underground show earlier this year. They liked some of my photos enough to include them in the booklet with their new six song EP “Once” and they asked me to join them as a photographer at their CD release party at The Fringe Club this past Friday night. Despite the rain, the club was packed, showing that there definitely is an audience in Hong Kong for independent bands.
The night got off to a strong start with In Love And Pain, another Hong Kong band that’s been around for several years.
That was followed by a band that was new to me, Peri M., and it would be an understatement to say that I was impressed by their lead singer, Aeolus Wong.
And then came the mighty Hazden. As much as I enjoyed them last December, they were even better at this show.
Aside from being a strong singer, Faye has such a beautiful and distinctive look that it would be easy for me to only take pictures of her all night. But the rest of the band’s pretty good too.
And then, just when I thought the show was all over and was about to pack up my camera gear, the magic happened. I’ve been to too many Hong Kong shows where bands pack up and leave (along with their fans) when their set is over. They don’t stick around to show their support for the rest of the bands on the bill. But this night, members of all three bands came up on stage together and jammed for two songs.
It was a great night and not only did I have a great time, I was really happy for Hazden because not only are they a terrific band, they’re all such genuinely nice people as well. I’ll definitely catch them again.
Hey! If you’ve got a band and you’d like me to take photos, live on stage or in the studio, why not drop me a line and get the conversation started?