Interest in underground music in Taiwan began in the 80's with fan clubs whose members would trade records and review indie recordings in zines. Because the term "underground" contains a negative connotation implying illegal activity when translated into Chinese, these non-mainstream music enthusiasts used the less ambiguous "New Music" label to describe the post-punk and college rock music forms that would form the base of the indie rock phenomenon a decade later. During the the 90's, Taiwan's own New Music scene began with seminal bands like LTK Commune, Ladybug and Sugar Plumb Ferry laying the groundwork for a myriad of future artists experimenting with styles falling under the umbrella term "indie rock" including post-rock, indie-punk, shoegazer and Britpop sounds. The first band I came across of this ilk was Nipples at the 2004 Say Yes to Taiwan festival. They combined dreamy indie rock with Sonic Youth inspired noise. Throughout the year I spent in Taiwan came across a number of diverse groups from Green!Eyes to 8mm Sky, Emily the Band, Chasing Sparrow and the Peppermints. Many have broken up, some reformed as different projects and a few have endured with little change at all. Towards the end of the 2000's, numerous electro-infused rock groups like The White Eyes and Go Chic appeared forming a new wave of Taiwanese indie music keeping the island's the live house crowds content.
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