[Overseas Features] Part 2.1: Emo Comeback // Senses Fail + Silverstein + Saosin + Taking Back Sunday + The Used

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Overseas Features Part 2 – Introduction
<海外報導特集> 第二章:序

Emo Comeback // Real Punk // Immortal Metal // Rising Metalcore Superstars // Legendary Rappers & Newborn Wavers

In the second part of our Overseas Features, our team sneaked into Riot Fest, arguably the shiniest festival in the midwest region. The lineup including both new rising stars, classic acts and music giants. So we have divided the article into 5 mini-features.

<海外報導特集> 第二章中,我們深入可說是中西部地區最閃亮音樂節 Riot Fest。是次樂隊陣容包括新崛起的明日之星、經典音樂人和各搖滾界別的巨頭人物。因編幅太長,我們特意把文章分為五個小章節。

Overseas Features Part 2.1 – Emo Comeback
<海外報導特集> 第2.1Emo 回歸
– Senses Fail
– Saosin
– Taking Back Sunday
– The Used
– Silverstein

Overseas Features Part 2.2 – Real Punk
<海外報導特集> 第2.2:真正朋克
– NOFX
– Anti-Flag
– New Found Glory
– Motion City Soundtracks
– Social Distortion
– Dropkick Murphys
– 7 Seconds
– Bouncing Souls
– Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
– Buzzcock
– Stiff Little Fingers

Overseas Features Part 2.3 – Immortal Metal
<海外報導特集> 第2.3:不朽金屬
– Gwar

– Mastodon
– Slayer

Overseas Features Part 2.4 – Rising Metalcore Superstars
<海外報導特集> 第2.4:metalcore 的明日之星
– We Came As Roman
– Bring Me The Horizon

Overseas Features Part 2.5 – Legendary Rappers & Newborn Wavers
<海外報導特集> 第2.5:傳奇 Rappers 與新生 Wavers
– Wu-Tang Clan
– Die Antwoord

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Photo Recap 現場相片 – Emo Comeback

Part 2.1: Emo Comeback // 第2.1章: Emo 回歸
Part 2.2: Real Punk // 第2.2章: 真正朋克

Part 2.3: Immortal Metal // 第2.3章:不朽金屬
Part 2.4: Metalcore Rising Stars // 第2.4章:Metalcore 的明日之星
Part 2.5 – Legendary Rappers & Newborn Wavers // 第2.5章:傳奇rappers與新生wavers
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Overseas Features Part 2.1 – Emo Comeback
<海外報導特集> 第2.1章: Emo 回歸

Senses Fail + Silverstein + Saosin + Taking Back Sunday + The Used

Emo explodes in the early 2000 and nobody would have thought this I-cut-myself-and-don’t-feel-the-pain music will last for more than 15 years. The generally high-pitch vocal with the contrasting heart-arching scream have made lots of teenagers feel related to. Though emo’s popularity is overshadowed by other genres, many of the vets are going on tour again to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their triumphant albums.

2000年初 Emo 成為熱潮,沒有人想過這「憂鬱少年」的音樂竟持續了15年以上。它們通常包含較高音調的主聲,加以像把心肝都掏出來的叫喊作對比,很多年青樂迷對此產生同感。雖然近年 Emo 的人氣比其他流派所掩蓋,但許多過去活躍於 Emo 圈子的樂團決定重新出發及舉辦巡演,慶祝他們的代表作唱片踏入10週年。

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For Senses Fail, they are currently on tour for their Let It Unfold You released in 2004. For sure, the group looks a lot maturer. They are no longer the crazy boys you saw on Warped Tour but are definitely still in good shapes. Frontman Buddy Nielsen tries to warm the crowd up with his bouncy jumps and signature screams in the heavy rain under 8 degrees. The old anthems are not dated at all even in 2014 and fans still remember every line of the lyrics, especially when the band play Break To Bite Skin and Buried A Lie.

Senses Fail 為例,他們正進行 Let It Unfold You 專輯的 10週年紀念巡迴演出 。各成員看起來明顯成熟了不少;雖然他們不再是你在 Warped Tour 中看到的瘋狂男孩,但無可否認仍然狀態大勇。在只有8度的冷雨中,主唱 Buddy Nielsen 試圖用其跳脫動作和熱血叫喊來向觀眾傳達溫暖。舊日代表作在今日聽起來沒有半點不合時而的感覺,樂迷還記得每一行歌詞,尤其是 Break To Bite Skin Buried A Lie

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Silverstein, on the other hand, have released new albums constantly throughout the last 15 years. Despite of occasional line-up change, the band remain quite active in the music scene. Band members show tacit understanding with those stage moves, little talks or even a smile between each other. When everyone loudly echo to vocalist Shane Told during My Heroine, time seems to fly back to Silverstein’s heydays, and maybe yours too.

另一邊廂,Silverstein 在過去十多年持續發表新專輯。儘管偶爾陣容上有所的變化,樂隊於樂壇仍然非常活躍。各成員在台上無論是動作走位、講話、甚至彼此間的笑容均充滿默契。當主音 Shane Told 唱出 My Heroine 時,全場觀眾大聲和唱,剎時間彷彿回到 Silverstein 的全盛時期,也許那也是你最美好的時光啊。

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Saosin have a more dramatic move amongst all these old-school emo bands recently. The California rockers announced reunion early this year with founding member, original vocalist Anthony Green, who left the band and later formed Circa Survive. He has recorded Saosin’s debut EP Translating The Name including their most known song Seven Years. So his comeback fits perfectly with their 10th anniversary celebration tour of the EP.

近幾個月 Emo 界最戲劇性之舉莫過於 Saosin 宣布與第一代主唱 Anthony Green 重組。Anthony 灌錄樂隊首張 EP Translating The Name 、包括他們最知名的歌曲 Seven Years 後宣布離隊,不久再另起爐灶組成 Circa Survive 。今年正正是 Translating The Name 出版10週年,所以他以這個紀念巡演作出回歸實在是適合不過。

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As the sun setting to the west, it becomes unbearably cold even in the skin-to-skin crowd, The Used and Taking Back Sunday, two of the top selling group in the genre of emo, or post-hardcore as they preferred to be labelled, are about to come out and warm your heart. The bands decide to team up for a co-headline tour this year to bring back the emo golden era, accompanied by new albums from both of the acts.

The Used occupy the stage with a stack of vintage TV shape lighting, creating a theatrical backdrop for their vital performance. Coming out in excessive smoke and crimson light, frontman Bert McCracken screams with full confidence while enjoys the cheering from the crowd. His emo-ish look is totally gone without a trace and replaced by the groomed look with side shaved hair and street-chic outfits. His over-the-top speech like “Fuck Jesus… drugs is the best thing in the world… “  cause the audience either to jump higher or to roll their eyes harder.  Wether you buy what he says or not, you’ll be impressed by their live version of A Box Full of Shape Objects, which McCracken called it as “the best song we have ever written”, with a special intro sampling of Smells Like Teens Spirit by Nirvana and outro of Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine.  (Note: Bert McCracken is wearing a “Freedom For Gaza” t-shirt to express his political standpoint)

隨著夕陽西下,氣温急降到幾乎無法忍受的地步,即使站在人貼人的人群中也會發抖。可是,觀眾仍堅持在寒冷中等待兩個可能是 Emo 界中最暢銷的單位,沒錯,那就是 The Used Taking Back Sunday!他們今年決定一同進行巡演,且各自推出質素甚高的新專輯,誓必把 Emo 的全盛時期帶回來。

The Used 在舞台上放置了一堆懷舊電視造型燈光,為他們充滿活力的演出製造了特別的舞台背景。主唱 Bert McCracken 在厚厚白煙和赤紅燈光中信心十足步往前台,接受人群的歡呼聲。Bert 舊日充滿Emo 感的外型消失無踪,取而代之是走街頭時尚風的打扮和髮型。他的爭議性言論,如「他媽的耶穌…… 藥物是世上最好的東西……」引起觀眾嘩然。他們有些聽後表現得非常雀躍,相反有不少人立即反一下白眼。無論您讚同他的意見與否,你必會喜愛A Box Full of Shape Objects 的特別現場版本,當中加入了 Nirvana Smells Like Teens Spirit 作前奏及 Rage Against The Machine Killing In The Name 作結尾。Bert 更稱其為 「這是我們 (The Used) 寫過最好的歌!」 (注:Bert McCracken 穿上 Freedom For Gaza 的上衣來表達自己的政治立場)

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The emo wave continues to rise as Taking Back Sunday take the torch. I bet their series of heartfelt songs about lost love, betrayed friendship and twisted confusion still have their marks in your heart. The dark stage with occasionally red light washed over Adam Lazzara and co. elevates the moodiness of the show. While their tour mates The Used begins to deviate from the emo outlook, Taking Back Sunday decide to stick to the old image, including Lazzara’s mic-swinging trademark. Do you remember they once had that “Proudly Swinging Since 1999” slogan on their merch t-shirt? Looks like it will still be swinging wildly!

緊接這個 Emo 回歸浪潮的是 Taking Back Sunday。相信他們一連串關於痛心失戀、出賣友誼和扭曲疑惑的歌曲仍然左您的心裏畫下記號。黑暗的舞台加上偶爾擦過 Adam Lazzara 和隊友的紅燈提升了表演的情感氛圍。當他們的巡演同伴 The Used 漸漸遠離 Emo 的包裝,TBS 卻決定堅持一貫形象,那當然少不了 Adam 的喜歡把麥克風在空中打轉的商標。你還記得他們曾經推出印有 「Proudly Swinging Since 1999」口號的 t對他們仁慈的 t-shirt 嗎?現在看來這個麥克風仍然會瘋狂地搖擺啊!

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Photo Recap 現場相片 – Emo Comeback

Part 2.1: Emo Comeback // 第2.1章: Emo 回歸
Part 2.2: Real Punk // 第2.2章: 真正朋克

Part 2.3: Immortal Metal // 第2.3章:不朽金屬
Part 2.4: Metalcore Rising Stars // 第2.4章:Metalcore 的明日之星
Part 2.5 – Legendary Rappers & Newborn Wavers // 第2.5章:傳奇rappers與新生wavers
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