Every year Fulong Beach on the northern end of Taiwan becomes a mecca for indie bands participating in the island's largest battle of the bands. Since beginning in 2000, the festival has featured bands of all genres including indie rock, punk, ska, metal, pop, electronica, folk as well as various fusion styles. Furthermore, the competition reflects this diversity with a list of finalists that has included 88 BALAZ, TIZZY BAC, CHILDREN SUCKER and most recently WHITE EYES. Ho-Hai-Yan, a name taken from an aboriginal phrase signifying the ocean, has now come to be synonymous with having good summertime fun while supporting local independent talent.
CD Compilation - TW054
The 2002 Ho-Hai-Yan compilation not only offers a divers look at Taiwanese indie music, but also includes several of the bands that have made a lasting impact on the scene. Since competing here, WON-FU has risen to become one of Taiwan's favorite indie group and have also become frequent rock ambassadors to Japan taking their pop sensibilities and Mod fashion with them. TIZZY BAC came out on top as the 2002 winners and the song featured here, "Concession," has become a classic among their fans. With indie-electronica coupled with delicate female choruses, 78BPM's "Can I Touch It?" is a pleasurable addition. Representing the Taichung punk scene, THE CLONES (aka RPDX) jab fast with their anti-war song "Battle of Freedom." the final track is by downtempo electronica experimentalists KbN who recently became the first Taiwan band to play at the major indie affair SXSW in Austin, Texas; you can see how it all began here! Thus, the 2002 Ho-Hai-Yan Indie Awards gives fans a chance to experience the roots of their favorite Taiwanese bands.