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Chubby, hirsute, and too damn loud: rock-metal duo DP wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice for favourite band. But they’re one of ours, not only for their devastatingly massive sound – produced by one heartily-spanked, bass and one brutally-abused drum kit – but also for their ‘I’m gonna eat you’, fiercely independent attitude. “I don’t know what you’d expect a Hong Kong band to be,” says bassist and sometime-singer Dave Wong, “but I don’t think we’re it”. Drummer Paul Maclean is quick to quip in his quirky Canadian style: “I mean, we’re the same weight as a Hong Kong band.”

Yep, DP are anything but typical Hong Kong. For a start, they’re a duo, which takes guts (of which the guys have an over-supply) and sheer talent to pull off, especially considering the decibels and many hearing impairments for which they are responsible. They also cut their own course, busting out fat metal grooves while other local indie bands tread safely through Britpop and emo territory. And they don’t look out of place on an international stage – a point they proved by opening for Canadian dance-punk act You Say Party! We Say Die! earlier this year (they must be one of the few Hong Kong bands who have been asked to play an encore while in a support slot). This summer they hit England for the summer, the highlight of which was a main-stage set at the too-cool Truck Festival, held in the hills above Oxford, and they’ve just released a praise-worthy digital EP, available for free download at www.dp-hk.com.

Look to hear much more from DP as they build their reputation through more gigging – but don’t go along just because you feel you have to. They hate that shit. “All these people think Hong Kong music is a charity; that it’s like some weak dying person or something,” says Wong. “People shouldn’t support the music because they feel bad – they should support the music because they like it.” That’s certainly Time Out’s motivation


http://www.timeout.com.hk/music/features/15242/7-dp.html - Time Out (HK)

If there was metal in medieval times, this would be it. There’s something in the relentlessly brutal power chords and drum thumping that calls to mind knights on horses, charging through thickets with jousting sticks and maces. Or maybe that’s only because the heavily-bearded purveyors of this Middle Ages rock – Dave Wong (bass) and Paul Maclean (drums) – look like they’ve just stepped off the set of Camelot. For sure, the title of this debut EP release, Songs of Man and Beast: Chapter One, supports the assertion that this is a base collection of phonics supposed to appeal to the un-evolved, sensually debauched, mead-swilling ne’er-do-wells in all of us. Hear ye, hear ye.

Wong and Maclean have taken gruff steps forward since their days with the now-disbanded Academy, a five-piece known for its rough-edged rock that made strong showings at Rockit festivals of yore. But while the Academy’s dirty rock could hardly be described as subtle, DP take a sledgehammer to the synapses – even when Wong somehow finds a way to snarl the lyrics: “You try to find a way to circumvent my disposition” (from the excellent My Hyena).

The six songs on this EP – available for free download from www.dp-hk.com – are punchy, lo-fi affairs recorded in Maclean’s home studio. The guys are at their best when they resist the urge to temper their two-piece riot with vocals. The opener, Dance, for instance, is a one minute 54 second sprint through chunky bass-land that draws its strength from the pure physicality of the instrumentation; while the deliciously hooky power chords of Eye of the Eagle are slightly let down by moments of thin vocals and weak lyrics (“Far and wide / Like the rising tide / Millions of people refuse to hide”). As a debut, however, this is more than a promising first outing for the standard-bearers of our rock scene. We look forward to chapter two. Hamish McKenzie


http://www.timeout.com.hk/music/features/15214/dp-songs-of-man-and-beast-chapter-one.html - Time Out (HK)

Hong Kong's DP are made up of just two guys -- Dave Wong on bass and vocals, and Paul MacLean on drums -- but they're ready to rock the socks off the 2010 SXSW festival with a heavy, distorted sound.

While SXSW will be the duo's first US appearance, they've been making a big splash across the pond over the past two years, releasing a digital EP, touring England and opening for You Say Party! We Say Die! during the Canadian dance-punk band's tour in Asia. Spinner spoke with Wong and MacLean about their upcoming full-length album, their love of Wayne and Garth and why the Lonely Island's 'I'm On a Boat' is the ultimate guilty pleasure song.

How would you describe your sound?

Dave Wong: It's pretty heavy but not too dark. It's got a lot of classic rock influence, but we try to give it a newer kind of feeling. We're also quite a stripped-down band, instrumentally. We're just bass and drums, so we sound different from a typical rock band.

What are some of your musical influences?

Paul MacLean: We're influenced by early Deep Purple and Motorhead. Heavy, fuzzy stuff with lots of distortion.

DW: I'd say Death From Above 1979. It's hard to say they weren't a major influence, because we were wondering if having just bass and drums would work. When we listened to them, we knew it would.

DP tends to gets labeled as a metal band. What's the most metal thing about you guys?

DW: Paul has a suit of medieval armor. It's kind of tough to play in, though.

How did DP form?

DW: About four years ago, we used to play in a different band, a five-piece group. Paul and I were [on] the drums and bass. We finished that up and the next band fell apart, but we wanted to try out a two-piece band, so we tried it out and found out it worked really well.

How did you meet each other?

PM: We met at a little club in Hong Kong. I'm originally from Nova Scotia, and I was new to Hong Kong at the time, so I told people that I play drums and was looking for a band to join. Dave was there and his drummer had moved away, so we got together for a rehearsal. I didn't hear back from him for two months, so I thought that he thought I was awful, but once he did get back to me, it was awesome.

How did you come up with the band's name?

DW: Well, the simplest explanation is that it's the first initial of each of our names. I guess we didn't want to think too hard about it. Other people have come up with all sorts of stories about what DP means, though. Lately it's been "Disco Panda."

Who was your first celebrity crush?

PM: Tiffany. Yeah, I'm old, but 'I Think We're Alone Now' is great.

DW: Can I say Michael Jackson? Of course I can. Who doesn't have a crush on him, right?

What's your musical guilty pleasure?

DW: Power ballads and groups like Boston and Journey and REO Speedwagon.

PM: I've got loads of bluegrass and country, the older type of country that's kind of embarrassing. Oh, and the Lonely Island -- I love that stuff, especially 'I'm On a Boat.' That song's really funny, living out here, because everyone goes on boats. There are these little junk boats and these little party boats. I like to imagine the song being about those.

The Beatles or the Stones?

PM: The Beatles. I don't want to knock the Stones, but they should just give it up. The Beatles finished on a high note.

Wayne and Garth or Bill and Ted?

PM: Wayne and Garth.

DW: Hey, I was gonna say Bill and Ted!

PM: Well, Bill and Ted can shred more, but Wayne and Garth, they got to meet Alice Cooper. Alice Cooper is the first band I saw, and Great White opened for them. Oh yeah.

What's next for you as you prepare for SXSW?

PM: We've got an album -- our first album, a self-titled one -- coming out, and there's a video for one of the songs coming out as well, for a song called 'Velvet Tiger.'

What's the craziest thing you've seen or experienced on tour?

DW: The band Paul and I were in before this one, we went up to Hunan, China and played at a private party on, like, two days' notice. It ended up being a mix of us and all of these dancers -- Russian go-go dancers, Zimbabwean booty dancers. It was pretty weird. There were no amps at the venue and no drums, either, so we had to buy everything around the city. And there was this costume party, but it was a really bizarre one. Everybody seemed to be wearing a Nazi uniform or a Red Guard uniform. The night ended with a liter of Coke and a bottle of Jack Daniel's.

Other than Jack and Coke, what's your biggest vice?

DW: Laziness.

PM: I can't come up with one. I have none. Well, I have a favorite vice: It's Miami.

Jessica Steinhoff is a contributor from Seed.com.


http://www.spinner.com/2010/02/17/sxsw-2010-dp/ - Spinner.com

4. DP Supermegadon
Fierce beards, shattering cymbals and powerful walls of sound are the hallmarks of the hairy duo of Dave Wong and Paul MacLean. Supermegadon features all the pillars of DP loud metal – a grinding, encircling riff and a stinking kit that drives the sparse, almost chanting vocals. The track is going to appear on a new EP/album next year, which, along with an appearance at Texas superfest SXSW, should make 2010 massive for DP.


http://www.timeout.com.hk/music/features/30646/the-best-of-hong-kong-indie-2009.html - Time Out (HK)


...a few tracks can be found on this link below:



Since 2007, DP has been one of Hong Kong's loudest, proudest and beardiest bands. With just two members, the bass and drums duo have carved their own path on the Hong Kong music scene with a musical style that blends heavy rock with metal for the masses. In 2008, Time Out Hong Kong named DP one of the city's leading musical acts (#7 of 20 local artists); the magazine also went on the following year to list the band's Sabbath-induced sledge hammer, Supermegadon, as one of the city's top tracks (#4 on the Top 10 Indie Tracks of 2009).

On top of several shows in top HK venues like Grappa's Cellar, The Fringe Club, Backstage Live and yumla, they've also busted out of Hong Kong to make some noise in distant lands such as Vietnam, Australia, the UK and the US. To date they've shared the stage more than a few big names in music, from NYC's Ratatat and The Secret Machines to the UK's Young Knives and The Charlatans. DP have also made it to some of the world's most acclaimed music festivals: the band took part in Oxford's Truck Festival in 2008, Australia's One Movement Festival in 2009, and last year they found themselves performing in Austin, Texas for SXSW.

Off stage, DP worked with Regurgitator's Quan Yeomans to create a 'monster' of a music video for the track Velvet Tiger (which can be viewed on YouTube or DP's myspace page), and released a 7-inch vinyl record with Metal Postcard Records for the single, My Hyena. Work is now completed on the band's long-awaited full length debut album...

...and this beast is set to be unleashed in April.


“Imagine King Kong on drums and Godzilla on bass. Then multiply that power by a hundred. City-destroying stuff in the best sense.”
Channel [V]

“A fuzzed up sonic assault.”
South China Morning Post

“DP make enough noise to please any metal head out there.”
On Tour with Shure Magazine

“By the end of the ultra-energetic performance everyone was sweating, even though it was only eight degrees celcius outside.”
Beats Magazine

“Devastatingly massive sound – produced by one heartily-spanked bass and one brutally-abused drum kit… The standard bearer’s of HK’s rock scene”
Time Out