Iconic voice. Lightning guitar. Addictive bass. Relentless drums. Bamboo Star hails from diverse influences, and they are every bit as interesting and culturally unique as their hometown of Hong Kong. Like their fast-paced city, Bamboo Star’s music is high-energy and full of witty, lyrical punchlines. Their ballads are magnetic, causing crowds to wave their fists in the air. The band has recorded a collection of songs with LA-based producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Airbourne, Shinedown) and is now releasing a single “It’s Just Business” to be followed later this year by their EP “No Hard Feelings”.
Bamboo Star was created by Australian/Hong Kong Wolf Red (front man and vocalist) and Canadian/Hong Kong Terence Ng (lead guitarist), who together with Hong Kong locals Jasmine Wong (bassist) and Lawrence Wong (drummer) are making some of the most captivating rock music out of Asia. The name Bamboo Star is an English homophone for an old Cantonese slang for a person caught between Chinese and Western cultures. The band says, “Our music is for anyone who has ever felt like they fit in everywhere and nowhere.”
The newest single “It’s Just Business” was written about corruption and greed and ultimately how tyranny enables it. Wolf Red says, “At the same time, we often enable the very tyrants who oppress us.” The music video for “It’s Just Business” is a claymation story about tyrants and their war against truth, played out by satirically cute clay creatures inspired by human body parts.
“Complicit! In the end, you’re all just business to me,” Terence says about the chorus, “is about how we have dehumanized people and are selling people as commodities.” Terence’s guitar work draws from prog-metal influences combined with Bamboo Star’s melodic style. The power and aggression of the drums are counterbalanced by the cheekiness of the funky bass grooves.
As rock musicians, the band believes that rock music can connect people in 2018 and beyond. “Rock has always been anthemic for people rallying against injustices,” the band says, “And has been the voice of the disenfranchised.”
The band is one of Hong Kong’s most active band in terms of touring, and has performed in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Canada.
- Fah Thai (Thailand) - January 2016 Edition: Pop Goes the Protest
- HK ELD - Live with Lizzy: Bamboo Star Album Release Review
- South China Morning Post - Beyond Cantopop
- CPS Asia (Singapore) - Interview 25/07/2015
- The Underground - Planetrox 2015 Winner Interview
- ZukSession - Interview 18/05/2014
- ATV - Guest Performance on Asian Entertainment: Rock Angel Band House
- ALCTV - Interview w/ ANGEL LEUNG's Angel Show Time 30/04/2014
- The AU Review (Australia) - Hello Asia:Interview @ Music Matters Live 24/04/2014
- RTHK3 - Interview on Morning Brew 25/03/2014