so i hope you guys/girls can take some time to read the goodbye ming message that we posted…if you haven’t please go back to that page by clicking here. ming leaving has taught me a lot about myself – a lot that needs to be changed. its been a painful road trying to change for the past month or so and have many more painful months/years ahead. i have to thank my close friends for being the one’s who have stuck with me and have given me another chance to figure out what it means to be a “friend”. plus there have been a huge number of bands who have also shown lots of support and have encouraged us to keep going. the funny thing is that after most bands/friends find out that both our singer left and our drummer left, the first thing they say is “i hope you won’t give up!” and they have a very worried look on their face. that’s touching…super touching…and the answer is “no” we won’t give up. but please give us, especially ME, time to better understand myself. we’ll be back – that’s for sure.
this is now the first real “break” king ly chee has ever been on in 7 years…its weird to not be playing shows every month and not being able to see people dancing and singing to our songs…but i would be lying if i said that right now, this break isn’t comfortable. it is VERY comfortable. its probably the best thing that has happened to us in a long time. its been a long time coming, to be able to sit back and try to remember what it was like to play in a band again and actually having fun just being with each other instead of thinking about what the next project is, the next show, the next interview, the next CD, the next CD shop that needs to be re-stocked, the next tour schedule that we need to work on, the next stack of money that we need to spend on recording/touring/merchandise/equipment, the next batch of emails i need to send to people overseas, the next batch of emails i have to reply to from supporters around the world, the next myspace “add request” that i need to accept, the next group of distributors that i have to chase because they haven’t paid us yet, god…the list is endless…
now – its JUST back to the bandroom, hang out, work on songs, listen to music, and watch DVD’s…like the good ol’ days…and when i mean “old” i mean back when i was in high school!!! i feel like a huge weight is off of my shoulders when the band is this simple…and i like it.
anyway i hope that when we come back in november or december and start playing shows, that all of you who have been supporting us will come back and continue to support us…if you don’t support us anymore – that’s okay too. thank you so much for your time, love, energy and inspiration you’ve given us over the many many many years…i don’t think we can be any lower then we are right now – but we’ll be back. with all your love and support we’ll be back…
anyway – back to happy thoughts…leaving for Europe today for 2 weeks…so stay safe everyone!!! i’ll hopefully see you guys/girls on our forum or myspace every once in awhile…i’ll still be checking in…
oh man!! what a fun show last night!!! i love my buddies Nic and Jared – those dudes are SO MUCH fun to mosh with…the dance floor was all ours! hahahaha…before all that mayhem began though, i actually skated by myself for a couple hours at the warehouse in the BLAZING heat! it was so damn hot…so i was already tired by the time the bands started playing. ATP and the lovesong were AWESOME AS ALWAYS!!! i love seeing both these bands…Evocation came on next and they were SOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!! that drummer gets better and better every time!!! but this time he was beating so much harder then normal!!! it was great to see this dude getting better…missing in action band Irresistible Hearts came on next and they were soooo good – ho chai actually played some keyboard which was awesome…it was pretty cool to see a singer not go crazy AND have a keyboard right next to him!!! so rad…good to see these guys play again…
then came the mosh machine…Shepherds the Weak all fired up from their recent CDep…i don’t remember much from this except all the dancing that we were doing. my back hurts SO MUCH RIGHT NOW!!! hahahaha…all in good fun i guess!!! good set, good band, CONGRATULATIONS BOYS FOR THE NEW CD!!! it was a great show…and i was really proud to be able to be a part of their CD release show!!! if you haven’t gotten their CD yet then go get it as soon as possible! www.shepherdstheweak.com
it was also great to see so many old friends last night…the nice guys in Bereavement and Dysmal Prophecy were out last night and they were so nice…some of them might come with Glenn, Richie and me to the metal festival in Japan in october!!!
okay – gotta go back to watching the Argentina vs. Mexico game!!! 2 goals in 10 mins?! what?!
man – this NEVER happens…right now its 12:45am and there’s 3 things on TV that i want to watch!!! world cup is on one channel, NYPD Blue is on another channel, AND MTV has been playing Coldplay video’s for the past 20 minutes non-stop!!! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! so annoying…i’ve chosen to watch the Coldplay video’s – because they’re so damn good…and then run out to my living room to watch the world cup every few minutes! hahahahahah…
yesterday i went to MK to buy the 足球小将 comics!!! i bought 3 issues – #4-#6…but what’s annoying is that the written chinese is SO MUCH harder to read then what i hear on TV!!! SUCKS ASS!!! so i’m sitting there reading it and then elbowing my girlfriend “hey – what’s this word? and this one? and this one? and how about this one? oh – one more word! how about this one?” hahahaha…she must hate me when i try practicing reading chinese…but i’m going to do it! I WILL DO IT!!! i’m going to “chung lik se kao” my chinese reading! hahahaha…
alright ladies and gentelmen…tonight our pinoy brothers in Shepherds the Weak are releasing their first ever CDep called “Strength in Numbers” at the Warehouse! i got my copy last week and its heavy as hell – so all you metalcore kids in HK are going to love it! plus check out the wall-of-death song called “Behind These Walls” – you MIGHT hear a familiar voice on that song!
see you at the Warehouse tonight!!! peace out homies…
(oh by the way…my new band called “My Girlfriend and I” (hahahaha…) are touring europe starting in a few days. this is our schedule:
26 to 30 June London
30 June to 2 July Salzburg (Austria)
2 July to 3 July Venice (Italy)
3 July to 5 July Rome (Italy)
5 July to 7 July Paris (France)
7 July to 8 July London
WOOOHOOO!!! CAN’T WAIT!!!
13 July COLD muthafuckin’ PLAY in Hong Kong!!!)
a dude named Tim uploaded an AWESOME link to old video interviews of bands like Sick of it All, AFI, Anti-Flag from back in 1997!!! its crazy to watch those video interviews…to check it out click on this and follow the link: http://talkmusic.org/t5232-punk-bands-interview-for-punk-empire-1997.html
DUDE!!! i’m leaving for the world of europe in just 3 days…GOD i cannot wait to get out of hong kong!!! its going to be amazing…its 16 degrees in london!!! what the hell?!?!? no wonder there are a million bands like Coldplay from London! hahaha…its always cold, wet, rainy, grey skies, no sun – of course those bands are always so damn depressing!!! all the KLC dudes (well, what’s left of us) are going away this summer for something – i’ll be in europe, pong/karen are going to taiwan, andy/chloe will be going to japan! should be a rad time for everyone i think
i’m going to be able to watch a hardcore band called Guns Up! rip up one show in london while i’m there…i’m looking forward to that but i’m bummed that there aren’t ANY other bands playing while i’m there! AAAAAAAAHHH! sucks…oh well…
dude – you want to see what a real tour is like? check out this link to Die Young’s upcoming tour – from 7/31 until the end of september: http://lambgoat.com/news/view.aspx?id=6969
and awesome news for all my punk rock brothers/sisters…Anti-Flag’s uploaded a new video for the song “One Trillion Dollars”! awesome video…check it http://talkmusic.org/t5229-antiflag-video-quotone-trillion-dollarsquot.html
i read a very disturbing article in the newspaper yesterday about hong kong’s minorities. a few days ago there was some triad/gang fight in Yau Ma Tei and the police arrested 4 people. they arrested 2 local chinese and 2 nepalese people…and the police as well as social workers have noted that recently more triad groups are recruiting more and more HK minorities. why? because minorities in HK are living here away from their families, can barely speak chinese, can’t find jobs, no one wants to employ them, so they are perfect to hire to cause trouble with triad gangs.
this is a VERY dangerous situation…i’ve been saying this for a LONG time that if HK minority people are neglected any longer then they are going to retaliate by joining gangs or doing other unlawful activities (drugs, drinking, etc). finally – it looks like more and more minorities ARE joining gangs – especially gangs in the Yau Ma Tei area.
its a sad situation – read about it here: http://talkmusic.org/t5223-lack-of-services-for-hks-minorities-the-situation-will-explode.html
let us hear what your thoughts are…
also – our good friends in Entwine have set up a new myspace page! check them out:
let me ask you a question – why does Mariah Carey always have to be almost naked in her videos? is that the only way/reason that her videos are so popular on MTV? its a good question i think…
anyway – Through The Eyes of the Dead have posted up a video from their new record – this is easily one of the worst video’s i’ve ever seen. anyway – if you’re STILL interested after my great (sarcasm) review of their video then click here: http://talkmusic.org/showthread.php?p=24484#post24484
also – someone super nice posted the entire new Envy CD up on our forum too!!! go to our forum to find that link…the songs are pretty good – BUT, after listening to all of it yesterday, i don’t think this is their best work at ALL. the first two songs are great – then the rest of them all sound the same to me.
second night of late night skateboarding…so much fun…we skated up at the peak last night and it was pretty cool because these construction workers got really excited about some trick that i was trying. but it was really dark where i was skating, so they let us borrow their industrial strength light! hahaha…that was nice of them. what i landed last night is going to be in a new Hong Kong skate video that will be shown in a bar in early july…
okay – bed time…
also – good news!!! HK’s unemployment rate is below 5% now!!! wow! its the lowest it has been in over 5 years…CONGRATULATIONS HONG KONG!!! that of course doesn’t mean that everyone is working in jobs that they enjoy. i know many people who hate their jobs…actually, i know more people who hate their jobs then people who actually enjoy their jobs. what a horrible reality…
yes – i’m enjoying not having to work right now…its 2:30am and i just got home from skateboarding with my old pal owen…i miss skateboarding i hate being so busy – can’t wait until i’m done with my master’s degree and i can skate more again…
anyway – i just got an email from my SUPER old friend Jose. he’s an old friend of mine from when i was in high school…he used to be the drummer of my band and we were super close friends. we were both crazy crazy metalheads and skateboarders. back then skateboarding was going through the early days of the hip-hop phase. so all our friends were listening to hip-hop but we stayed true to our metal/punk/hardcore roots. we listened to stuff like Pestilence, Death, Napalm Death, Carcass back then…before we got into that type of death metal we were listening to the bigger and more popular stuff like Pantera, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, and of course SLAYER.
now – my friend Jose is a year older then me and doesn’t live in hong kong. he lives in the US and i haven’t seen him in MANY MANY years…but finally i got his email last night. he had to email me right away because guess whose concert he just watched? that’s right – he finally saw Slayer live!!! his email was “15 years later – i finally got to watch Slayer!!! they’re the greatest band i have EVER seen!” if you’re a fan of slayer – they opened up with South of Heaven!!! HOLY CRAP!!! what an amazing song to open up with…
anyway – his email just pushed me even harder to make sure i get to Japan in october to watch that huge Loud Music Festival that features Slayer and MANY others (including Megadeth)…CAN’T WAIT!!!
anyway – now i’m awake and i’m going to watch the world cup before i go to sleep. has anyone seen Brazil play any games? dude – THEY SUCK!!! too many rockstar soccer players on that team…all they do is keep the ball to themselves and NEVER pass. i used to support them – but not now…no way. there’s no “i” in team!!!
on a happy note – here’s a link to the new Bouncing Souls video “The Pizza Song” http://talkmusic.org/showthread.php?p=24464#post24464
here’s a link to a LIVE video of Lamb of God playing their new song called “Rednect” which is on their new album that will be out in august:
personally…this is more exciting: Terror has uploaded 2 songs from their new album coming out in july or august (i forgot when)!!! click here: http://talkmusic.org/showthread.php?p=24443#post24443
alright…that’s all the updates i have for all of my lovely friends who read this page everyday! hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to working today! you’re probably like “what is he talking about?!”
i haven’t told you guys/girls this BUT on June 26th my girlfriend and i are traveling around europe!!! i’m SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited to get out of hong kong for some time…we’re going to London, Salzburg, take a train to Venice, take a train to Rome…fly to paris…then back to London and then back to hong kong. i’m going to stay with my beautiful sisters for 5 days while we’re in London so that’s going to be fun. my sisters have very strong British accents which is always so funny…also, they’ve lived there for so many years that they know London like the back of their hands…so its going to be nice to have sisters show me around a new and historic city.
after i get back from this trip – a few days later its Coldplay time!!! WOOHOO!!! can’t WAIT to see them here…they’re playing at that new concert hall near the airport. i hope its a good hall with better acoustics – i don’t think there’s a SINGLE place in HK that has good acoustics. we’ve been lucky to enough to have actually played in a lot of the halls in HK and all of them have been impossible to control. SO – hopefully the government finally got it right with this new place…
you know what? when i started this news posting i thought i wasn’t going to be able to write anything. but look at this! i’ve written so much!!!
man! what a night last night…i went to go to the show to watch Recycle from beijing play…but i didn’t know there were so many bands playing also. i got there right when Attention to Piss was playing their new song!!! this song is SOOOOOOOO good!!! easily one of the best punk rock bands in hong kong i think…
then Infinity came home and they RULED!!! incredible prog-rock and instrumental too…great band…
then our old friends in 218 came on and exploded on the stage! they were great last night…better then i’ve EVER seen them i think…
then the HK punk rock legends Hardpack took to the stage…KK was extra funny tonight! going on and on about the world cup (he’s always been a huge soccer fan since i’ve known him!)…Wake UP RULED!!! and the little bouncing souls “ole” was awesome too…very appropriate for the world cup!!!
then came a band that i was REALLY excited to see!!! Broken Lighter (i think that’s the name)! these guys are like a power-metal band – kind of like Dragonforce from the UK!!! they were AWESOME!!! but too bad the sound last night wasn’t that great so you couldn’t really hear the guitars and bass…good band though!!!
qiu hong came on after and they ripped the stage up as they always do!! HK kids LOVE these guys!
FINALLY – at about midnight, Recycle from beijing came on…they’re an awesome pop-punk band that were worth the long wait!!! good stuff…
all night i got to see old faces that i haven’t seen in months. i got to see REALLY old friends like the guy’s from Fat Job! it was cool to see Ah Fai again…i feel like i haven’t seen him in like 2 years. also brian from Los En Found said something really nice to me which i’ll never forget…that was great…
during the show i found out about one sad incident that is still bothering me now. i didn’t know what happened but i saw kevin run out and kung-fu kick someone right in the stomach. later i found that the asshole that kevin kicked molested one of our EXTREMELY good friends! this stupid kid started touching our friend while she was watching a show. this person has been my good friend for MANY MANY years. she has been one of the best friends King Ly Chee has ever had. she has seen us for so many years, supported so MANY other bands for so many years, and she has NEVER once experienced something disgusting like this. i am pissed, disappointed and upset that this had to happen TO HER!!!
this is what our song Sisters is about – if you ever come to see us, especially all those new people, we DO NOT ACCEPT THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR AT OUR SHOWS OR ANY OTHER SHOWS. innocent girls (who are ALL our sisters!!!) are there to show their support. we need to learn to respect and appreciate their support.
This song is for you my sisters
to regain your trust
With all our good intentions,
how did we let this happen?
Now our words seem so empty.
This heart – we breathe from together
Together – or not at all…
你 有何教養 教出你如此惡行
But not without,
robbing our sister’s
現今信心己重獲 This heart
血脈再連一起抵抗 we breathe from
再次為希望 高歌 Together or not at all.
Life vanishes from her eyes
This is our moment to restore her faith in us,
Gather around to scream:
WE WILL PROTECT YOU
This song is for you
to regain your trust
watched a really funny movie called “my date with drew” last night…its a pretty stupid movie but it was SO fun to watch. i was laughing from beginning to end…no real point of the movie – the movie just talks about one guy’s mission to get a date with Drew Barrymore within 30 days…why 30 days you ask? because he doesn’t have enough money to buy a video camera, so he uses a credit card to get a video camera and the shop that he bought it from has a 30 day return-policy. hahaha…so he’s going to return the camera in 30 days and hopefully have a date with Drew by then…funny funny things happen…
you know what? HK is totally going nuts about his world cup stuff…but i still haven’t watched a game yet…feel bad – i feel like i should be hooked just like everyone else is. but i just don’t really care. i like watching all the highlights when i’m working out at the gym but that’s it really…
uploaded a link to Envy’s new album!!! the song is SOOOO good and i can’t wait to hear the whole album. check it out: http://talkmusic.org/t5205-new-envy-mp3-soooooooo-goood.html
also – dude…new AFI album is amazing. of course its amazing – it reached Number 1 on the Billboard charts!!! these charts are usually where Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, etc are number one…but this time a punk band went straight there!!! AFI – a great record…
also – i’ve been listening to Strongarm for the past couple days!!! Pong got me MP3′s from this band…if you’re a fan of Shai Hulud then you’ll LOVE Strongarm…i think people used to say that Shai Hulud got their style from Strongarm…anyway…the songs that i have are incredible…great song structures…and the songs that i have were released in 1996!!! GOD!!! that’s a sign of a great band…10 years later and the songs are still amazing…