As Taipei's indie scene reached a certain intensity in the summer of 2004, there came a band to break the stale monotony of punk, disrupt the growing fascination with emo and wake up the indie kids nodding off on slow-core. Chasing Sparrow were part of a new scene surrounding the 7 Inch Vinyl collective along with Green!Eyes, SMOL and Varo. Influenced by indie bands like Modest Mouse, yet charged with driving experimentation and tightly composed breakdowns, Chasing Sparrow amazed new audiences at every show. After appearing on the Lobo 2 compilation, Chasing Sparrow cut a milestone split CD with screamo group Fall of this Corner. Unfortunately, the band prematurely disbanded leaving a gap in the scene that has never quite been filled.

In the beginning of 2004, Chasing Sparrow began playing at live houses like The Wall and The Underworld. By the time of their festival debut at the 2004 Formoz festival they already had built a following among indie scenesters anticipating their performance. The high pitched, nearly screaming voice of frontman Yoz unfailingly drew the audience in as lead guitarist Lai Q pierced through the progressive rhythms of Graffiti and Lydia, on bass and drums, respectively. The intensity of the combination occasionally left Yoz prostate on stage wailing into the mic, leaving one local to comment, "This is a rock band with courage!" The group stuck together playing shows throughout 2005 until Spring Scream 2006, their final big festival. After that, Lydia and Graffiti continued to play in Varo until that group had a line-up change. Yoz has recently returned to the Taipei underground scene as a solo indie-electronica artist performing regularly at the Underworld under the name YozTiger.




Split - 7 Inch Vinyl - 2004
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VA - Lobo 2 - White Wabbit Records - 2004
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