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  • JUNE 30, 2005

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 30, 2005

    oh man…we’ve got some cool t-shirt designs!!! :-) hopefully they’ll all be ready by the time our Korean tour starts…did i mention that our plane tickets are CRAZY expensive!!! we can’t believe how expensive it is for us to go there…and we’re paying for it all ourselves…hopefully the Korean hardcore kids are into it! hahahaha…it doesn’t matter – the last time we went to korea to play we fell in love with the entire country…the people had the biggest hearts in the world and even though it was hard to communicate because we can’t speak korean and a lot can only speak basic english, we all became some of the best of friends. one of which, the guitarist of korean hardcore band Johnny Royal, is still a close friend of mine to this day (he’s now playing in 13 Steps as well!!! woohoo!!! good good good old-school hardcore!!!)…i can’t wait to see him again and for us to be on stage with our fellow asian hardcore brothers and sisters…

    the only place that we have been to that has been just as incredible to us is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia…goddamm – we miss ALL the Kuala Lumpur hardcore kids so much…all our good friends in the MANY bands that we met especially Cassandra, Second Combat, Dash Own, A New Fall, Kharisma, and our fucking AWESOME AWESOME brother Jana…can’t wait to see them all someday again…

    anyway…i don’t know what i’m doing…i’ve become quite “emo” these past few posts…i have no idea why – i better stop or our good friend Siu Pak is going to start crying (she cries at anything! hahahaha…)…a LIVE Dillinger Escape Plan video is linked on our website – they played inside a CD shop! its crazy…

    oh – by the time you read this – i’ll be waiting at immigration in Wan Chai picking up my very first HKSAR passport!!! i can’t believe this day has come…

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  • JUNE 29, 2005

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 29, 2005

    after two months of what it seems like non-stop rain…the weather yesterday was SO surprising! i was teaching a guitar to a kid who lives up in the peak and the view from there over looking the south side of Hong Kong island was stunning…totally blew me away – got some idea’s for lyrics while overlooking that bay…i also took the star ferry across to HK island from TST which i feel like i haven’t done in ages…and the way the sun shines on HK island and pumps life into the tree’s and brings the greens out of the island is so beautiful too…i felt like time stood still while i was on that ferry…

    this is such a beautiful city we live in…i wonder why its always when i DON’T have to work, that i get to actually enjoy this city…think about all those people who have been working their asses off since the 60′s…just non-stop toiling in their back-breaking labor to give a future to their kids etc…most of that generation of Hong Kong-ers don’t know anything else besides work…that’s all they did – they came from nothing…you know what i just realized? i’m giving away my lyrics to one of our songs! hahahaha…i’m stopping now…seeya…

    remember to check out the show on July 14th at The Edge!!! i can’t WAIT to play there…i’m a judge at the Battle of the Bands competition this thursday at The Edge so i’m going to check out what the sound is like there…i’ll make a report when i get back online later that night….

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  • JUNE 27, 2005

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 27, 2005

    so tired…had another good night of practicing…worked out a song about how it seems like the end of the world is around the corner…all these politicians around the world trying to blind us with their “pursuits of justice” – when its their own selfish greedy pursuits that are trying to be conquered…its just weird – everyone is so busy in their lives going full-on for whatever they’re doing, that they don’t have time to sit back and look at the world as it is. what is it? a very polluted, over-crowded world, run by people who make choices for us and put us in positions where brothers are killing brothers…an endless cycle of violence on television…it just never ends…

    the music itself for this song – is needless to say, heavy…but we’re hoping to get this song ready by the time we get to Korea…the music is done – vocals are being worked on now…

    okay…going to bed…

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  • JUNE 26, 2005

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 26, 2005

    WOOHOO – i’m getting my HKSAR passport on June 30th!!! oh my god…i’m so excited…i feel like i’ve waited my entire life to get this passport and to be able to officially call myself a “Hong Kong person”…there is one bad thing though, for me to get the Hong Kong passport they won’t let me hold TWO citizenships – i am Pakistani and i am PROUD of being pakistani…so giving up my Pakistani citizenship was hard for me personally and emotionally. but i felt it needed to be done especially i have never lived in Pakistan and don’t intend of ever living there…

    on a less happy note: last night i hung out with good friend Glenn on the streets of Lan Kwai Fong, which i feel like has become my saturday night routine. its pretty fun – just hanging out with different people that we meet or that he knows. he finally was able to drag me into The Cavern bar to watch the bar band – i thought they were terrible…but he loves them! hahahaha…anyway – last night we hung out with this 17 year girl who was a really cool girl. but she had something really STUPID happen to her recently. she was going out with someone who has very strong religious leanings. attends church and is affiliated with churches etc. this in itself is not a problem – i don’t have an issue with someone who has a really strong connection to his religion (having faith in anything i believe is a good thing…i myself am a proud Muslim.). but what i have a problem with is that someone who pretends to hold himself up to these HIGH religious morals, has the nerve to condone his own actions no matter how WRONG and UN-christian they seem to be. this so-called religious dude slept with this 17 year old girl (which is statutory rape in many countries around the world – unfortunately, in Hong Kong 16 is the cut-off point.) and a few days later broke up with her. what was his excuse? he couldn’t see a future with this girl because she wasn’t Christian. can you believe that? he came to this enlightening conclusion conveniently AFTER he slept with her. made me sick to my stomach, and then i was overcome with sadness because i thought of the impact this is going to have on the psyche of a girl of her young age…this was her “first” time – and this is how she’s going to remember it…

    my own girlfriend has always had a very strong stance against overly religious people – for the most part, these people look down on others who don’t follow their faiths. these people believe that there is only a place in heaven for those who follow their faith, regardless if they’re good or not. she believes that this goes completely AGAINST their own beliefs and principles. how can god judge what is “good” simply based on what religion people follow? there are millions of people out there whose hearts are filled with “good” – and don’t have an evil bone in their bodies – but they’re not of a certain religion. they could be muslim, buddhist, hindu, jewish, christian, or even atheist. but then there are those religious people – who go to church everyday, go to a mosque everyday, read the koran, read the torah – and commit these types of contradictory evil behaviors and STILL believe that THEY are the ones who have a place in heaven. WHAT? what is going on? justice is blind – but can god be this blind and unknowing? isn’t he supposed to be “all knowing”? thank god that i believe he sees everything and everything will be accounted for – that’s what i believe, no matter what higher being you believe in.

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  • JUNE 25, 2005

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 25, 2005

    alright everyone – as of yesterday i am officially a Hong Kong person!!! WOOHOO!!! my renunciation papers came in and i finally went over to the HK gov’t. to claim citizenship…today i’m going to apply for my HKSAR passport!!! oh my god!!! i’m going to hold on to that thing like treasure…i’ve waited such a long time to get this thing and i’m finally getting it. yesterday while i was filling out the forms for the HKSAR passport i was laughing to myself! i think people must’ve thought i was going crazy or something…but seriously – they just don’t know how much hell i’ve gone through while traveling around the world. my brother, sister and parents are still in the situation where they can’t travel freely because of the passport they hold – i think they’ll all try now to apply for an HKSAR passport as well…

    i’m so happy its ridiculous…the weird thing is that right NOW i have NO passport. when the pakistani embassy called me yesterday, they said my renunciation had been approved and now i needed to return my passport. so, for right NOW – i cannot travel anywhere because i have NO traveling documents – i feel like Tom Hanks in The Terminal! hahahahaha…except – i’m stuck in Hong Kong, not a bad place to be stuck…

    i’m watching this Coldplay thing on MTV – its that Storytellers thing where they play a song and explain the inspiration etc…its awesome – they seriously feel like one of the saddest bands on this planet…even the songs that the singer thinks are more “rock” – are still sad…our friend Owen introduced me to a band called Pelican who are pretty damn sad too – its linked on our forum so go check that out and cry yourself asleep…hahahahaha…dude can ANYTHING be more sad then the coldplay song “scientist” – the tears just run down my face every time i hear that song…

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  • JUNE 24, 2005

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 24, 2005

    so the organizers of the July 14th show wanted me to make sure that you all are AWARE that this is actually a competition…i typed up an explanation and put it on our forum so CLICK HERE! to find out more about the show…there will be 4 bands who are PART of the competition – we are just the guest band at the very end…hopefully we’ll see you all there…

    our poor bass player Pong hurt his knee SUPER bad last sunday and has missed 3 days off of work…he finally went yesterday and we saw him at band practice last night – the dude was still hurting man! his knee looks like a frickin’ soccer ball! that’s how big it was…hopefully he’s feeling better…he’s going to be recording bass for two new demo songs that we recorded drums for last week (song called Sisters and a new one)…

    hey – our awesome brothers and sisters in 5 Disciplines are looking for a bass player! if you’re fans of off-time type tech-metal like The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc. – please get in touch with them!!! there’s a link to our forum CLICK HERE! check it out and get in touch with them! they’re one of the best hardcore bands from Hong Kong…

    also an awesome US hardcore band called Die Young has posted a HELLO message on our forum…check it out and say hello if you have time! :-) hopefully Die Young will be playing in HK early next  year…

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  • JUNE 23, 2005

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 23, 2005

    GOOD NEWS – we’ve got a show in July! woohoo!! we haven’t played since late may so we’re all fired up to play…we’re playing at a bar in Lan Kwai Fong called The Edge which people say is HUGE…so we’re excited about that. we’re a guest band for the competition Battle of the Bands. i’m not a fan of watching competitions – but we’re not participating in it, just playing as guests. should be a fun night…there will be a total of 5 bands playing including us. 4 bands will be competing and then we go on when the judges talk over who won that night.

    the details are:

    date: July 14
    time: 8pm
    price: $60
    place: The Edge (Lan Kwai Fong)

    they’ve told us that the sound is great in there…they’ve also said there’s a huge dance floor that’s perfect for moshing! hahahaha…those were the organizer’s OWN words! :-) so bring it on…hopefully you guys will all come out and show the competition people what our underground scene is all about! :-)

    also – for those who missed our TV interview…it’ll be on again on Saturday on ATV World at 12:40pm…check it out then…

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  • JUNE 22. 2005

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 22, 2005

    we’re having a super hard time coming up with a new King Ly Chee logo…we gotta get this figured out before our korean tour because we got print up new shirts, stickers, etc…hopefully we’ll figure it all out by this week or so…our bro Pang from 5 Disciplines is going to help us out with an idea…

    so what’d you guys think of that super short interview yesterday? wasn’t bad – a bit of an old topic to discuss but oh well…kind of sick of answering the typical questions “how hard is it in Hong Kong?” blah blah blah…we all know its hard in HK, just like it is anywhere…oh well…its still a very good way to let more of the “regular” people in HK become more aware of the situation…

    word…new Evergreen Terrace is pretty cool…the new Bloodsimple record is in REcords Rendezvous too – it features members from VOD (Vision of Disorder). i got it just because of that…and when i pressed play – i heard some nu-metal type heavy rock. not my cup of tea at ALL…they’re obviously trying to go big with the type of song arrangements they have…it just sounds boring to me…but i’m sure people will like it…

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  • JUNE 21, 2005

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 21, 2005

    our ATV interview is on today at 6:55pm!!! check it out…

    I have no idea what its about…hahahaha…i remember it was questions about playing in a band in HK but i don’t kow if it was anything more specific then that…

    also – records rendezvous have a LOT of new stuff in…including the Lamb of God DVD where the singer and guitar player get in a huge fight with each other! its CRAZY!!! the guitar player knocks the singer out! hahahahaha…

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  • JUNE 19, 2005

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 19, 2005

    thanks everyone for posting your thoughts and standing up to racism on our forum. yes – the person who posted those comments is probably some little kid who thinks he’s cool and tough behind a computer – and probably wouldn’t DARE say that to my face. but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t respond – just like in my kindergarten, if a child says something to the point of being racist, we talk to them RIGHT AWAY. children only repeat what they hear their own ignorant parents or family members say and use the same vocabulary at school or amongst their friends. this fool probably heard this term and used it – so its all the more important to make sure that this is NOT okay.

    anyway – on a positive note…i’ve had a crazy weekend – checked out two shows in one night which was something i haven’t done in a LONG time but is testament to the state of live music in HK…its growing to the point where there are numerous shows going on at one time. i remember when KLC first started – there was ONE show every 2 or 3 months – that’s it…just one show – and every band would try super hard to get on to that one show. those were fun, crazy and exciting times…

    so donald tsang is going to be the chief exec. of HK for the next 2 years…i have no idea what he thinks he can accomplish in two years – but at least he actually IS a politician and not like our last loser Tung Chee Hwa who was a businessman – a terrible businessman too…

    have you guys seen Batman? dude – how metal is Batman? i watched it with Glenn of Shepherds the Weak a couple days ago and we both loved that movie…good stuff…i wish they actually had some metal or hardcore in the soundtrack – oh well…

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