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時日流轉,十年呼嘯而過,日出與日落不斷輪流上演,春夏與秋冬交替了十載……而你,又遇上過甚麼人和事?RubberBand則經歷了以下種種:由五子變為四子、由合約藝人變為獨立樂隊,而用「A-Z」字母為概念的專輯亦來到第八張──《Hours》。出道十年,RubberBand將於本月26至27日假九龍灣國際展貿中心舉行一連兩場的《RubberBand Hours音樂會》,除了配合新專輯的名字外,他們更期盼造就一段專屬樂隊與樂迷的美好時光,用音樂印證彼此的成長和蛻變。

十年前,RubberBand推出首張專輯,取名為《Apollo 18》,憑藉清新慵懶的曲風而聲名鵲起,為沉寂的樂壇帶來一番新氣象;十年後,他們依然本着初心做音樂,從原本的音樂風格延伸開去,尋找更多可能性。回想兩年前宣佈獨立,脫離公司的護蔭,確實需要披荊斬棘,方能逐漸步入獨立樂隊的正軌。猶幸他們沒有放棄追逐音樂夢,慢慢弄清樂隊的定位。RubberBand的音樂雖一直被視為非主流,但其實相當貼地,題材總是圍繞香港和日常發生的大小事,例如打工仔的點滴、城市的寫照、愛情的來去等。一首又一首充滿意境的歌詞,明明只是輕描淡寫出你我他的際遇,卻會杳無聲息竄入我們的心房,令人著迷。

RubberBand以往的歌曲大抵與他們四子自身的經歷有關,訴說着青澀的花樣年華。隨着他們踏進人生不同階段,歌曲題材也越來越豐富。而新專輯《Hours》將由每位成員負責率領樂隊製作兩首歌曲,其他人則輔助完成。如此一來,四個人便可以發揮所長,向樂迷分享自己喜歡的音樂類型。現時他們已在YouTube頻道上披露了《Hours》專輯的數首派台歌,包括《脫軌時刻》、《城市當代配樂團》、《那一端》和《未來見》。《脫軌時刻》是對生活的一種控訴,每日周而復始地活着,吞下相同的快餐、走過相同的道路,我們是否應嘗試脫軌,離開舒適圈呢?《城市當代配樂團》糅合福音音樂的風格,MV呈現香港平凡卻充滿魅力的一面。如今人人奢望有天能移民他方,唯獨RubberBand仍然為身處這片彈丸之地而感到鼓舞。《那一端》洋溢森巴風情,透過熱情跳躍的節奏,唱出城市的某一端,某個誰正過着不為人道的生活。時間的巨輪一直在滾,我們無法預計未來,我們或會各行各路……但不緊要,四子與大家相約在《未來見》。

《Hours》是RubberBand獨立後的第二個音樂會,早前優先訂票不出十分鐘便已售罄,可見他們仍有一班忠實的樂迷支持。這個音樂會目的不是純粹地回顧過去十年的歌,而是築起共同的回憶。鼓手黎萬宏(泥鯭)說過,不需要每一次做演出都刻意傳達一個訊息,反而很有興趣知道聽眾跟他們度過十年光景後,現在的生活狀態是怎樣。四子更邀請了同樣默默為城市配樂的實力派歌手小肥,作為是次音樂會的嘉賓,一起以細膩的歌聲和音樂感動在場聽眾。

最近RubberBand為港產電影《逆流大叔》配樂,其實他們正是活生生的「逆流大叔」。這十年來,他們好整以暇,不為迎合大眾口味而做音樂,把最真實的自己表露無遺。他們不怕慢,只怕不夠隨心──「人生不停闖關才好玩 鬥志不散」。我們,未來見!

《RubberBand Hours音樂會》
日期:2018年9月26至27日
時間:下午8時15分
地點:九龍灣國際展貿中心3樓匯星
網上購票:www.hkticketing.com

撰文:王以珞
美術:王曉澄

Day runs after day, ten years elapsed so quickly like the whistling wind. Sunrise and sunset alternate daily, and the four seasons have played the spinning game for ten times already. What did you come across in the past decade? RubberBand has gone through the following things: from a five-man band to a four-man band, from a signed artist to an independent band, and it is going to release the 8th album “Hours”, which is named according to the alphabetical order. Celebrating ten years since their debut, RubberBand will hold the “RubberBand Hours Concert” on 26th and 27th of September in KITEC. With the same name as their 8th album, the four members hope to create special hours for themselves and their fans, using music to reflect their growth and changes.

Ten years ago, RubberBand released its first album “Apollo 18”. Blending the refreshing music and languid voice perfectly, its songs always exude a mellow and comfortable ambience, which helped it shoot to stardom in the music industry. Ten years later, in present time, it still stays true to their original aspiration of making music while seeking new possibilities. Since the four members first announced that they would go independent in 2016, they have encountered loads of difficulties. Fortunately, with sheer persistence in chasing their music dreams, they have found their position as an independent band. Though RubberBand’s music is usually considered as non-mainstream, its songs are indeed very down-to-earth. The songs encapsulate the stories of Hongkongers and even some teeny things around us in our daily lives, such as the grievance of workers, the portrayal of the city, along with the joy and sorrow of love relationship. There is nothing lofty about its songs, but the poetic lyrics have got something to penetrate through our hearts and souls.

A majority of RubberBand’s songs in the past reveal the members’ own experiences. But as they grow into different life stages, they have included more topics in their songs. In the new album “Hours”, each member is entirely responsible for producing two songs with the assistance of other members. In this way, they can all give full play to their abilities and share the music they love to their fans. Up to now, they have posted some of the songs in “Hours” on YouTube channel, including “Time to Deviate”, “A City’s Contemporary Background Score Team”, “The Other End” and “See You in Future”. “Time to Deviate” expresses the complaints towards life. If you feel like you are living a repetitive live, maybe it is time to start a revolution and step out of the comfort zone. With the style of gospel music assimilated in it, “A City’s Contemporary Background Score Team” exemplifies the charm of Hong Kong with its music video. In a time when everyone wants to escape from Hong Kong, the four members of RubberBand remain their love for this small city. Imbued with samba groove, “The Other End” tells us that someone living in the other end of the city may be in times of extreme hardship and difficulties. Time keeps running, and we cannot foresee our future. Perhaps we are walking in different directions today, but that is okay—RubberBand promises that we will meet again in the future.

“Hours” is the second concert of RubberBand after it became independent. All the priority booking tickets were sold just within ten minutes, which shows that it still has a lot of loyal fans. Lai Man-Wang, the drummer, said they did not have a message to convey every time when they performed. Through this concert, they want to know more about the lives of the audiences after this ten-year period. They have also invited Siu Fay as the guest of this concert, together they would like to share music with their soothing voices.

Recently, RubberBand has just finished composing film score for “Men on the Dragon”. Yet in real life, the four members are just like middle-aged men who prefer to swim against the current. Throughout this ten-year period, they have appeared unruffled in the midst of mainstream music. They make music following their slow pace, and are always true to themselves. “Life is more interesting with an abundance of obstructions, and we will never lose our aspiration.” Let us meet in the future!

“RubberBand Hours Concert”
Date: 26th - 27th September, 2018
Time: 8:15 pm
Venue: Star Hall, 3/F, Kowloon bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre
Online Ticketing: www.hkticketing.com

Text: Elok Wong
Art: Agnes Wong

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