By Henry Demos
I have been staring at this screen for what seems like minutes or hours or maybe days. I have no idea. Time has come to a standstill. I am writing this because I fell in love with Taipei. I have to write this. Whatever this is, I have to write this because of Taipei.
Oh yeah, I forgot the introductions! We are Nice Legs. Lauren E. Walker plays the voice. JJ hits things hard and rhythmically, and I play the three string. Nice Legs is improv fuzz pop or something. When we aren’t noising, we live in Seoul, Korea.
But now back to us playing in Taipei …
A few months back, we started sending emails – lots and lots of emails. You see, we had previously toured Tokyo and I just didn’t learn my lesson. I thought I needed to send hundreds of wasteful emails to schmucks that just don’t care about me, my music, or my face. It seemed logical: send a bunch of emails and see what sticks. It isn’t logical. After days of stupidity, I started sending smart emails.
The first person I contacted was my new friend and owner/operator of another great gig guide (GigGuide.tw), Steve Leggat. Steve is a nice f*cking guy. He didn’t know me. Luckily through the amazing internet email land we were able to build a relationship. He told me who to write. More importantly, I could use his name as a reference. Steve’s word is bond down in Taipei. He put me in touch with my dream date Dan. Dan is best known for being both the the booking agent for the Taipei live space Revolver and as lead singer/guitarist of the unstoppable Until Seeing Whales Eyes.
After booking us at Revolver, Dan told me that he would put us on a festival he was running called Volume 22. Awesome! Our first time playing Taipei and already we were getting a f*cking festival! Man, did it kill but more on Volume 22 later because that was the sh*t. Now we had to figure out where we were going to sleep. I mean, we are poor … and did I mention our drummer JJ is going to have a baby? Yeah, we needed something cheap.
They say lightning doesn’t strike twice but boy did it. We had another great stroke of luck with our friends Todde and Patty. They not only put us up, showed us the town, and drank us under the table, but they also found us a third gig. They made our trip complete!
So we promptly bought plane tickets. Of course that is a total lie. We all waited until the last minute and paid way too much. But let’s just flash forward.
We played at the totally righteous Revolver. I want to call it a punk club, but that wouldn’t really do it justice. It’s a two-story joint with a bar on the first floor and the venue on the second, and it has great amps, drinks, and drums. The green room was pretty ill too. We were the opening act for Taipei legends Freckles and Osaka beatbox math noise rockers Qu. The show was packed. I stripped down to only my fishnets for some reason. It was just that good. Our first night playing in a new city and we already felt welcomed with open arms.
Later, Dan took us out for drinks. Things got a little hazy from there. I’m pretty sure it was fun!
This was that festival, Volume 22 at a place called The Wall. There were bands from Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, and Singapore. It was the most organized event I have been a part of. Two stages right next to each other. When one band played, the next would set up. Dude, it was great. There was even this guy in the audience that sang along with the strangest voice. Lauren definitely gave him the mic for the chorus of one song. I could go on for pages about the bands, people, and everything but I won’t. I will just say 22Records is doing some fine work.
Dan took us out for drinks again …
After a rough start at the crack of noon, we got fixed up with spectacular meals at Mary’s Hamburger. Definitely go there if you visit Taipei! Gig time came quicker than we hoped so we were off to Vicious Circle. The club had a diner, a bar, and a clothing shop. Also it was oddly clean.
Our lovely hosts Todde and Patty had wrangled this show for us. The young and quirky Dirty Fiction opened for us. The concert was riddled with technical difficulties but damn it was probably my favorite show of the weekend. Feedback can go f*ck itself! By the way David Frazier from the Taipei Times came out that night. I should mention he wrote an “article” about us. It was … uh … unique. What a guy.
I’m not really sure how to end this. The tour was over. We didn’t have much time left so we thought it best to spend it with our new friends. Actually, I retract that last bit. The people we met in Taipei aren’t just new friends; they are new family. I’m glad we could spend the weekend with those guys: Dan, Todde, Patty, Kiki, Benben, Taipei Jesus, Steve, Dave, everybody.
Taiwan is an amazing place with amazing people. Nice Legs is going back, you can bet your ass on that. Taiwan, we love you! Unless that is not really your thing but we love you still, okay?