KbN

Forming in 1998, KbN is one of the earliest groups to experiment with trip hop, downbeat and indie electronica. The early incarnation of the group consisted of live drums, bass, guitar and other instrumentation alongside prerecorded samples and a mix of airy female vocals and smooth rhymes. However, the core group, made up of Bobo, Cheer and Jerry, recorded instrumental tracks for indie film soundtracks by prominent directors like Hou Hsiao-Hsien and contributed to compilations released by local labels White Wabbit Records and Silent Agreement.

The CD/DVD set Before 2005 documents KbN's live performance circuit. In 2002, they made it as finalist to the Ho-Hai-Yan indie awards, and have continued to play in various forms since then. Most recently, Texas native joined KbN in an effort to get them, along with other Taiwanese experimental bands, invited to South By South West (SXSW), the yearly indie music expo held yearly in Austin. While several bands got accepted, KbN were the only one able to raise enough financial support to actually go to Texas making them the first ever Taiwanese band to perform at SXSW. KbN has morphed significantly since their inception exploring more varied forms of electronica, but their recent use of laptop powered and live guitar interface can currently found at places like the Underworld.

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BAND LINKS

http://k-b-n.blogspot.com

http://funkbnice.podomatic.com

http://www.myspace.com/funkbnice

DISCOGRAPHY

Before 2005 - Himalaya Records - 2006
Available at Pacifiction Records!


VA - Silent Agreement 1 - Silent Agreement - 2003
Available at Pacifiction Records!


VA - Lobo 1 - WWR - 2003
Available at Pacifiction Records!


VA - Ho-Hai-Yan Indie Music Awards 2002 - Taiwan Colors Music - 2003
Available at Pacifiction Records!