We Rock For Japan – The Wanch

Mark-1 Music Centre is proud to present We Rock For Japan, a series of two shows with the aim of raising money in aid of those hard hit by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

All money raised from the shows will go directly to the Miyagi Prefectural Office emergency relief fund and Red Cross (nothing will be deducted for costs/fees etc.).

Show 2
The Wanch
Date: Sunday 17 April 2011
Door: 4:00pm
Admission: FREE

This is the 2nd in our series of benefit shows to try and raise money towards the relief work taking place in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.

Admission is free and all musician fees as well as a percentage of bar sales (not profit, sales!) will go towards relief work. Voluntary contribution will be collected at the event. All money raised (no cost deduction) will be given over to Japan Red Cross as well as the Miyagi Prefectural Office’s emergency relief fund.

The billing consists of many HK based Japanese bands, several local indie bands, as well as The London Souls, a New York band, who have rescheduled their tour in order to play at this event, as well as Volifonix from Portland, Oregon.

Line up (bio/photo coming soon):

Ocean Boulevard

Ocean Boulevard ” is a group of people in Hong Kong making
various Music
such as Pop, Rock ,Latin, Bossa Nova, Ballad, Etc.

Member :
Saki (Vocal)
Rico (Guitar)
Chiko (Keyboard)
TY (Drum)
JUN (Bass)

After Hours

Blue Beat

Koya Hisakazu who plays with guitar legends like Mitsuyoshi AZUMA (The Swinging Boppers) and Eugene PAO teams up with Speed King guitarist Keith Fukada, Blues Harp Player Morino Keiichiro from
Catfish King and another guitarist Tanaka Atsushi form Deracine.

Blue Beat plays improvised blues, rock & pop covers with original arrangements and
will keep playing various tunes with various guest players at various venues.


Fad formed in 2006, when the members met each other in a band competition. After a few line-up changes, Fad is now a combination of vocalist Sky, guitarist Sammy, bassist Carina, keyboardist Shireen and drummer Baller.

Their music has no concrete definition, but they are somehow influenced by British music. Each of them influenced by a variety of music styles, including music from Hong Kong Independent scene, China, Taiwan, Japan, and UK etc., which brings some special chemistry to their music.

FAD says “We are just ordinary young people, working like ants during the day and chasing our dreams at night. Time flies, soon we will not be young anymore, and we hope to do something we would be proud of when we look back as grandmas and grandpas.

We love to feel, feel the music, and feel life. Work hard, and play harder!”

Fad’s Facebook page:

Six Pack Of Wolves

Six Pack of Wolves comprises of Gabe André (drummer), Vickie Chan (keyboard/piano & vocals), Tiffany Laue (bass & vocals) and Arthur Urquiola (guitar & vocals). Inspired by various Punk, alternative and Indie acts, Six Pack of Wolves first formed in 2009, adding a fourth member on keys/piano in early 2010. Since then, they have played a number of live shows and recorded an album.

The band describe their sound as a tight combination of colliding opposites: Low-slung, guitar-driven Punk Rock with melodic piano riffs that weave together the lead guitar and noodling bass lines – all powered by some of the hardest drums in town. Top this with acerbic, self-vitriolic irony-laced lyricism and you’ll find Six Pack of Wolves at a crossroad where Pop Punk meets poetry and Rock meets retrospection – performing anguished songs with coming-of-age themes (desperation, defeat, love, loss) and an adult smile on their faces.

The band recorded their first full-length album, Born to Lose, during a ten-hour live recording session in June, 2010.



The Sleeves

Based in Hong Kong but emanating from the piers of Brighton, the
snickets of Christchurch, the twittens of Berkhamsted and the ginnels of
Leeds, The Sleeves come to slay all before them with crunch & groove,
croon & fuzz, beat & melody.

Since their first live performance in 2008 at iconic live music venue,
The Wanch, The Sleeves have been making a noise in the Hong Kong
independent music scene with their self-styled ‘Arcade Rock’ and
energetic live shows.

In 2010, The Sleeves played support slots for Peaches, Gary Numan and
Unkle and are now in the midst of recording a debut album that is
scheduled for release on Metal Postcard Records in Summer 2011.

Catfish Kings

Volifonix (from Portland, Oregon)

A rock’n’soul wildfire from the woods of the Pacific North West,
Volifonix are a funk-fried rock band that serve up pure muso-theoretical
kung fu with a muscular groove. They elevate style to the highest with
well-crafted songmanship, a reckless crazy-yet-smooth focus and an
original “hair-on-fire” approach to the rock-funk genre.


Diving For Air

The London Souls (from New York, New York)

Praised by former Idolator editor-in-chief Maura Johnston as “amazingly tight… swampy rock music that should make any lazy rock radio programmer rethink the word ‘grunge’” and credited as “an absolute must-see” by The Tripwire, The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future.

Tash Neal, Kiyoshi Matsuyama, and Chris St. Hilaire have been nothing short of a best-kept-secret among New York City concertgoers since the band’s formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever-substantiated reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.

The band has previously shared the stage with such acts as The Black Crows, State Radio, The Roots, The Cool Kids, Janelle Monae, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Soulive, Big Boi, Shooter Jennings and Steel Train. Major festival appearances include SXSW, the Telluride Blues Festival, Brooklyn’s Afro-Punk Festival, and moe.down in Turin, New York. Also a highlight of 2009, The London Souls owned the opening slot for Rolling Stone editor Austin Scaggs’ PETTY FEST at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom, later joining members of The Mooney Suzuki and The Strokes, The Moldy Peaches’ Adam Green, and Nicole Atkins among others to perform the greatest hits of Tom Petty’s catalog.

Their debut full-length record, recorded with producer Ethan Johns at London’s Abbey Road Studios, is currently slated for a 2011 release.