Relic's Glam-Rock Revival
Matt Gibson Translated by Iva Huang
night. You walk into a bar and find yourself swimming
in a sea of drunks and half-drunks in ripped jeans,
mesh shirts, and leather pants. A burly doorman
in a big-hair wig, sleeveless Iron Maiden shirt,
and aviator glasses relieves you of NT$100 (cover
charge) and gives you your pick from a box of
temporary tattoos. You pick a snake wrapped around
a dagger, he applies it for you and screams in
your face, "Rock on!" while sticking
out his tongue, shaking his head, and raising
his hands in "devil's horns" (fists
with the first and fourth fingers raised).
bar is packed tighter than Axl Rose's leather
pants and the guitar grinds so loud your head
feels like it's going to implode. The crowd is
dressed like a set of Spinal Tap extras, and is
moshing so maniacally people keep getting pushed
onto the stage. The party continues until five
in the morning, when the crowd finally disperses
in search of cabs, lost friends, and food. Dazed,
you realize you must have stumbled into a Crome
Crome Relic is still in its infancy, having played
only a handful of shows to date, but this has
been no impediment to their popularity. They've
already formed a nearly cult following.
by 1980s metal bands like Motley Crue and Guns'n'Roses,
Crome Relic grinds out a rabid set of covers and
originals. To keep the party at a fever pace,
Crome Relic employs a variety of methods, like
the give'er-ometer (a device to measure the crowd's
excitement), and free alcohol for the loudest
cheerers and most decked-out rockers.
band formed to satisfy a desire felt by many headbangers
living in Taiwan. As the band says, "dancing's
fine, but sometimes you just wanna gun beers,
throw up the devil's horns, and bang your head."
information, or to purchase a Crome Relic t-shirt,
contact their manager, Dax Germanstadd, at email@example.com.