成員Members:

Riz – 主音/Vocals
Joe – 低音結他/Bass
Brian – 結他/Guitar
Kent – 結他/Guitar

歷史History:

荔枝王被硬心音樂的熱誠感染底下成立於一九九九年五月。當時香港的地下音樂充斥著非原創,並把Limp Bizkit形式的音樂當作”硬心”和”金屬”。於是,荔枝王的創立人RIZ決定把硬心的真正意思宣揚開去。首先他創辦一本雙語免費地下雜誌「由零開始」,內容包括論文、世界各地的朋克、金屬及硬心樂隊訪問和唱片評論等。為了增強硬心文化的渲染力。Riz深明單靠文字是不足夠的,香港的觀眾需要聽見看見才可真正的感受到這種文化,結果荔枝王正式誕生。King Ly Chee was formed in May of 1999 fueled by the fire and passion of a form music called hardcore. In 1999, the music climate of Hong Kong was an unhealthy world of cover bands passing themselves off as “hardcore” or “metal” while belting out tunes by Limp Bizkit. The founder of King Ly Chee, Riz, had enough and one day, he decided that it was time that someone set the record straight on what “hardcore” truly implies. He set off on the mammoth task by releasing a bilingual zine called Start From Scratch that included interviews, essays and CD reviews of world-renown punk, metal and hardcore bands. As the wheels were turning for Start From Scratch, Riz sat back and realized that words were not enough, kids in Hong Kong needed to hear, feel and see “hardcore” in action to fully absorb the impact. King Ly Chee was the result.

憑著一顆對硬心鍥而不捨的決心,這成立了十二年多的樂隊孜孜不倦地發揚這個文化。期間,荔枝王把他們的聲音、力量及坦誠的心帶到亞洲及歐洲多個國家去,建立了荔枝王作為一隊香港樂隊、亞洲樂隊的名字。This band has tirelessly continued down this mission for over 12 years now through their sheer determination and passion for hardcore, they have taken their sounds, energy and hearts to surrounding Asian countries, and Europe, helping establish the name “King Ly Chee” as a truly Asian band.

荔枝王的名字 The Name:

荔枝王一開始就是想代表香港/中國這個城市和國家。港外大部分的人都覺得香港影像就是音樂上我們只有主流音樂。沒有什麼真正搖滾的味道。。。Riz當時開始樂隊已經知道這個樂隊常會離港演出和巡演所以他需要找一個代表到硬核文化和香港的名字。找了很久,問了特多人的意見,想起特難聽的名字(比方說,香港地铁站的名 – 铜锣湾,等等)。。。终于一天有一位朋友推介了一个特奇怪名字给Riz听。名字就是“荔枝王”。Riz觉得很奇怪但是改英文觉得不错”King Ly Chee” – 有特别,有香港的味道 (Riz小的时候十分喜欢吃荔枝!)。。。Right when King Ly Chee began Riz knew that he was going to let this band represent Hong Kong and China. He knew that this band was going to be constantly leaving Hong Kong to play in surrounding areas letting those people know that Hong Kong is much MORE then commercial, sugar-coated, insincere pop-music. So he was looking for a name that would represent hardcore and represent Hong Kong.

After searching and brainstorming the dumbest names possible (He even contemplated using MTR station names like Causeway Bay! Thank GOD he didn’t!), a friend suggested the Chinese name 荔枝王. Riz at first thought it was weird but the English version of it King Ly Chee was pretty cool and unique! Upon asking his friend what the name actually means…

问他朋友这三个字的意思是另外一个故事。。。哈哈哈哈。。。想知道第一个意思那你们要去看荔枝王表演然后直接问问他们!Riz got two versions of the meaning of the name…the first meaning, you’re going to have to ask him at a show!

第二个意思是比较适合荔枝王这个硬核乐队 The second meaning truly exemplifies hardcore and King Ly Chee:

意思就是“一粒荔枝,三把火”。。。特有力量,好像硬核文化,硬核信念,硬核态度,上台的态度,下台的态度,音乐风格,生活上,一样。。。特适合这个乐队。 There is a Chinese saying that can be roughly translated to “One ly chee is the equivalent to three explosions”. This Chinese saying represents what hardcore means to the band: explosive music, powerful lyrics, a strong and pure attitude both on and off stage…everything that is special about hardcore!

成员进入荔枝王的故事 The story of our members:

荔枝王的成员进入的故事都是很特别。。。Okay, the story of our ever revolving door of members is always going to be special! Haha…

Riz的故事你们上面已经可以看。。。所以不要再说他了吧! Hahaha…You’ve already read about Riz above so you truly don’t want to read more I believe…

Brian就是07年加入了荔枝王。他已经几年前开始联络了Riz. 当时Brian就住在澳洲读大学。那边他有玩儿一个nu-metal的乐队叫Fingtauyuen.他们的第一张唱片Brian有寄给Riz听听. 零六年底荔枝王的吉他说有通知他们的以后不玩儿. Brian当时也准备回来香港. Riz和Brian也有个共同的朋友叫Joe. Joe有推介Brian给Riz知道. Joe有通知Riz Brian几个月后会回来香港然后叫Riz试试他. Brian joined King Ly Chee in 2007. Prior to joining King Ly Chee he actually was in contact with Riz. At the time he was living in Australia and playing in a nu-metal band called Fingtauyuen. When they released their first record he mailed it out to Riz. In ’06 he moved back to Hong Kong right around that our guitar player (Andy) at the time had decided he was done with the band. The real interesting thing was that a mutual friend named Joe was also suggesting to Riz that he consider Brian. Long story short – this dude’s in the band to this day…

Kent的故事是特别的. 大家可能不知道,Kent不是来自香港的!他们两个是澳门人!對 – 這個意思是他們差不多每個週末需要坐船過來香港練習或者演出!這樣才叫奉獻!荔枝王开始找吉他手和鼓手的时候刚巧Kent之前的乐队Uni-k都不玩了。Kent一天在facebook见到荔枝王宣布他们找成员,所以他开玩笑说“你们可以试试我们吧!”。 Riz马上开始跟Kent联络电话。然后更巧的事情就是Joe也是强推介这两位人给Riz知道。他不停说这两位的态度非常适合荔枝王乐队。我们需要找特努力的人,很开放思想的人,完全不怕辛苦的人, 很独立态度的人,等等。。。所以Kent进入了荔枝王!他的第一场演出就是在菲律宾最大摇滚音乐节叫Summer Slam! 就是三万多人面前!Personally, the story of Kent is amazing…both these dudes are NOT from Hong Kong actually! They’re from Macau! Yes, that means every weekend they hop on a boat and come to Hong Kong to practice or play shows. That IS COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION! Anyway…right when we were looking for a guitar player and drummer, Kent’s previous band Uni-k were also calling it quits. One day Kent saw Riz’s post on facebook and he half-jokingly responded to it by saying “why don’t you guys try us!” That same friend who was suggesting Brian, Joe was ALSO suggesting to Riz that Kent are EXACTLY the kind of people we need. Hard-working, dedicated, not afraid of the touring lifestyle, NOT PETTY!!!, and ready to go at it! Within a week, both Kent were in Hong Kong practicing with us! These awesome dudes joined King Ly Chee officially in 2009!

Joe。。。你刚看完了 – Brian, Kent这兩个人都是Joe推介给Riz知道。这三位进入了荔枝王之后Joe自己常会跟荔枝王一起吃饭,逛逛,等等。所以一到荔枝王要找bass手大家马上想起叫Joe! 我们已经是一家人。。。As if you guys didn’t see this coming…when it was finally time to look for a new bass player…Brian, Kent, and Riz automatically said…lets get JOE! Joe is a guitar player in his band called Mensheng…but he is already friends with us, already does everything with us, we convinced him to go buy a bass and practice…and since 2010 – here’s Joe!

这就是我们简单的故事! This is our simplified story of the current line-up!

發行Releases:

2000年 首張唱片“We Are Who We Are这就是我们”以DIY朋克/硬心的形式推出. First album “We Are Who We Are” independently released Album was released with borrowing money from our bass player’s uncle! The album’s rhythm tracks (drums, bass, one guitar) were recorded in 10 hours LIVE. The rest was recorded at A.Room by LMF’s Davy Chan. 因为我们不够钱,我们bass手问了他叔叔借钱给我们!hahahahaha…这个张就是我们自己独立出的. 故,bass,和一个吉他就是LIVE十小时之内录好. 其他东西是香港乐队LMF成员Davy的录音室A. Room录的。
2003年 第二張唱片“硬心”推出,登上HMV暢銷排行鎊的第十一位. Second album Stand Strong was released. It also climbed to #11 on the HMV chart! This album was released by the support of Hong Kong’s godfather of rock Paul Wong! 这张就是香港摇滚教父Paul Wong黄贯中帮乐队出的!“Stand Strong Live DVD”推出,攝錄了企硬發行後的現場表演。捕捉了觀眾對這隊樂隊的充滿力量的熱情。Stand Strong LIVE DVD was released a few months later.
2006年 荔枝王與一隊東歐朋克樂隊Good Reason合輯發行”Under One Flag”。這張獨立發行唱片嘗試打破地區界限,把兩地的圈子團結起來。發行後荔枝王與Good Reason進行了一個十天的巡迴演出,把亞洲的聲音帶到斯洛伐克、捷克共和國、奧地利及德國去。This split CD was released with a political Slovakian punk rock band called Good Reason. We released it and followed it up with a 10 day tour of Eastern Europe.
2009年 合辑片“十年”推出。Released a special compilation CD entitled “10 Years of King Ly Chee”. Released by our China label Hot Pot Music 我们内地唱片公司火锅发出的. 为了我们十年CNHC全中国巡演我们的内地公司火锅出这个特别版的CD。CD里面的歌包括我们十年里的最特别的歌。。。一共这个CD有十八首歌!This compilation includes King Ly Chee songs that span their 10 years of music! The CD was also released as part of their CNHC China tour that took them over 12 wonderful cities in China to continue to promote HARDCORE.
2012年 荔枝王的新专辑<時間證明> (Time Will Prove)!King Ly Chee’s highly anticipated new record Time Will Prove was released!!! You can pick up this record online at this link: http://kinglychee.com/newalbum/

巡演/音乐节 Tours/Festivals:

過去十三年,他們衝破種種障礙,能夠到世界各的演出。雖撚每位成員也有一份全職工作,每當有機會到外國演出時他們也不會錯失良機。In the past 13 years they have let no obstacle come in their way when it comes to touring. With all members knee-deep in full-time day jobs, they jump at any open opportunity they get to perform outside of Hong Kong. The complete list of tours and festivals are荔枝王過去的演出包括:

Date Festival/Tour City/Country Audience Size
2000七月 July Formoz Festival 台北 Taipei, 台灣 Taiwan 3,000-5,000
2000八月 August Youth Festival 漢城 Seoul, 南韓 Korea 10,000
2000十一月 November 中國九天巡迴 China Tour 深圳 Shenzhen
广州 Guangzhou
武漢 Wuhan
北京 Beijing
n/a
2001四月 April 春天吶喊 Spring Scream 墾丁 Kenting, 台灣 Taiwan 3,000
2002四月 April 春天吶喊 Spring Scream 墾丁 Kenting, 台灣 Taiwan 3,000
2002十二月 December 台灣巡迴 Taiwan Tour 台北 Taipei, 台灣 Taiwan
台中 Taizhong, 台灣
n/a
2003四月 April 春天吶喊 Spring Scream 墾丁 Kenting, 台灣 Taiwan 3,000
2003七月 July Formoz Festival 台北 Taipei, 台灣 Taiwan 5,000
2004二月 February 東南亞巡迴 Southeast Asian tour 曼谷 Bangkok, 泰國 Thailand
吉隆坡 Kuala Lumpur, 馬來西亞 Malaysia
新加坡 Singapore
n/a
2004十二月 December 東南亞巡迴 Southeast Asian tour 曼谷 Bangkok, 泰國 Thailand
吉隆坡 Kuala Lumpur, 馬來西亞 Malaysia
Johor Bahru, 馬來西亞 Malaysia
新加坡 Singapore
n/a
2005八月 August 南韓巡迴 South Korea Tour 漢城 Seoul, 南韓 South Korea
Cheong-Ju, 南韓 South Korea
n/a
2006一月 January 東歐巡迴 Eastern Europe Tour 伯拉第斯拉瓦 Bratislava, 斯洛伐克 Slovakia
Most, 捷克共和國 Czech Republic
Hamburg, 德國 Germany
柏林 Berlin, 德國 Germany
Prague, 捷克共和國 Czech Republic
Glesidorff, 奧地利 Austria
n/a
2006九月 September 澳門音樂節 Hush Music Festival 澳門 Macau 2,000
2006十二月 December YOS Fest II 曼谷 Bangkok, 泰國 Thailand 1,500
2007五月 May NOFX 亚洲巡演开场队 Asian Tour 北京 Beijing
台北 Taipei
马尼拉 Manila
吉隆坡 Kuala Lumpur
新加坡 Singapore
雅加達 Jakarta
巴厘島 Bali
n/a
2007十月 October Modern Sky Music
Festival 摩登天空音乐节
北京 Beijing 3,000
2008四月 April Summer Slam 8
w/ Darkest Hour
马尼拉 Manila 26,000
2009四月 April Summer Slam 9
w/ Shadows Fall
马尼拉 Manila 32,000
2009五月 May Philippines Tour 菲律宾巡演 马尼拉 Manila
Cavite
Olongapo
n/a
2009十二月 December CNHC 中国巡演 China Tour 深圳 Shenzhen
香港 Hong Kong
珠海 Zhuhai
广州 Guangzhou
长沙 Changsha
武汉 Wuhan
重庆 Chongqing
南京 Nanjing
上海 Shanghai
成都 Chengdu
西安 Xi An
北京 Beijing
n/a
2010五月 May MIDI迷笛音乐节 Music Festival 北京 Beijing 4,000
2010八月 August Busan International
Rock Festival
佛山 Busan,韩国 South Korea 4,000
2010八月 August Baybeats 新加坡 Singapore 4,000
2010八月 August 成都 Chengdu 成都 Chengdu 1,000
2010十月 October Nanjing Music Festival 南京音乐节 南京 Nanjing 1,000
2011一月 January 永远年轻音乐节 Forever Young Music Festival 成都 Chengdu 3,000
2012三月 March 時間證明 Time Will Prove China Tour 成都 Chengdu
重慶 Chongqing
武漢 Wuhan
北京 Beijing
Shen Yang
鄭州 Zheng Zhou
廣州 Guangzhou
西安 Xi An
n/a
2012五月 May Gegey Music Festival 吉隆坡 Kuala Lumpur n/a
2012五月 June Unity Fest Johor Bahru n/a
2012七月 July Baybeats 新加坡 Singapore 4,000
2012九月 September CNHC Hardcore Festival 北京 Beijing 300
2012十月 October Unity Fest Jakarta, Indonesia n/a

除此之外,荔枝王不斷為各國的樂隊在本地籌辦演出,包括Himsa, Rambo, 100 Demons, Envy, Naiad, Reflector, NOFX, Have Heart, Bane, The Bouncing Souls, Terror, No Turning Back, Comeback Kid, Horse the Band, FC Five, 100 Demons, Korn (他们现场特傻逼), Die Young TX。

傳媒

荔枝王對音樂認真努力的態度抓住了國際及本地傳媒的注意力。For all their hardwork, international and local press have been keen on giving them an opportunity to tell their story. 他們曾經受訪無數次,They have done countless interviews throughout the world, including with magazines as diverse as 包括亞洲的Asiaweek至Dazed,美國的While You Were Sleeping, Evil Monito, Maximum Rock N’ Roll,歐洲的Fracture以及世界各地的網站、報章、書籍及電台。

將來 Future

荔枝王維持到今天,全憑他們要對世界宣揚他們的音樂及信息的一股堅持。在這個地下音樂的世界裡,雖然西方國家一直支配著整個市場,可是他們相信任何一隊來自亞洲的樂隊也可以透過地下音樂去表達自己面對著的掙扎並且宣揚開去。King Ly Chee has come this far simply on their own conviction to turn the world on to their music and message. In this world of underground aggressive music that are seemingly overrun by American bands and labels, any Asian band can speak about the struggles they face in getting their voices heard.


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