Hoping to be the new, young force that shakes up the Hong Kong indie scene, Strange Lives have embraced their own brand of alternative rock, interlaced with synthesizers and a DIY ethic. The band dabbles in a wide range of influences and genres on their upcoming debut album “Just A Dream Away”, traversing the vast sea of sonic possibilities, stringing the listener along with them on the 40 or so minutes of flowing and evolving guitar music.
In terms of the members’ ages, the band is young, sure - vocalist/guitarist Elliott is just 19, while bassist Ethan Tang and drummer Ethan Yim are both 18. However, the band’s more young in age - formed summer of 2018, the trio wasted no time to announce their presence with self-titled debut EP released October of 2018.
The EP garnered positive reviews from local media, with New Ears Music praising the 5-track debut effort for the production, and SCMP Young Post awarding the EP 4 out of 5 stars, praising the occasionally laddish songwriting, and commenting that they “have the songwriting potential to make it big.” The string of shows which followed saw the trio share the stage with local favourites Prune Deer, Seasons for Change, and open for Russian post-punk group Motorama.
Following up with their colorful and sudden burst into the Hong Kong indie music scene, the band released single “Right Now”, which was featured on Spotify-curated playlist ‘Just Rock’.
The band found themselves right back in the studio after a short break in 2019, now armed with vast amounts of creative juices and experiences for their new tracks.
Strange Lives are currently crowdfunding for the release of their debut LP in summer 2020.