聚光燈下《#拍謝少年的台語搖滾》Sorry Youth's Taiwanese Rock
Weni, Giang, and Alfred, the three members of independent band, Sorry Youth, all came from different career paths. The band was inspired to start writing songs after watching a variety of musical acts at Spring Scream in 2005. Over the next ten years, they worked part time while making music to independently produce two albums, Sea Food and Brothers Shouldn’t Live Without Dreams. Sorry Youth sings Taiwanese songs about their life experiences because “Taiwanese captures our own culture and emotions.”
In the beginning they liked performing in venues with a local vibe, such as lamb hot pot restaurants or riversides, that could directly express the physicality in their music. Singing at a Sorry Youth concert is an unforgettable experience. Enthusiastic audiences sing along to every word of songs bursting with the exuberance of youth.
Weni, Giang, and Alfred quit their jobs in 2018 to take a shot at becoming professional musicians. This started by hosting the Megaport festival; touring in Canada, Japan, and Korea; and using their music to support protests while performing in Hong Kong. This process led them to reconsider how their individual roles as creators connect to larger generational issues. Their song “Wind and Currents” was written in honor of Sorry Youth’s first musical offering; but how exactly did these three manage to host a local Taiwanese offering on a global stage?
創作這件事《#落日飛車的世界飛行》 Sunset Rollercoaster's World Tour
“I love old soul music from the 70s or adult contemporary from the 70s and 80s. I also love psychedelic music, world music, and Bossa Nova. I write the songs that come naturally. For me, it’s a process of putting together a collage.” TSENG Kuo-Hung
The independent band, Sunset Rollercoaster, was founded in 2011. Singer-songwriter and lead guitarist, TSENG Kuo-hung, used a collage technique to write several English songs. He then brought these songs on an impressive world tour that lasted for more than 100 performances across Europe and the US.
TSENG Kuo-hung finds beauty is slowness. He writes many slow songs; but if you listen closely they’re actually quite profound. His song “My Jinji” amassed more than one million views after being uploaded by fans. Eventually audiences all over the world fell in love with the music of Sunset Rollercoaster.
Kuo-hung bravely pieced the classic American styles of the 70s into a loose collage. He was quite pleased; although American academics seemed unwilling to step outside the box. Others felt that Sunset Rollercoaster was very brave to create something new; especially because they incorporate unique elements of East Asian culture.
Kuo-hung said his goal for 2015 was to transform Sunset Rollercoaster from something he enjoyed into a career. He hoped to realize his plans by continuing to make music. The band accomplished their goal within five years. Thanks to the raise of streaming platforms, the band’s musical style coincided with the current trend of reviving classic rock. It’s suddenly cool to play something that isn’t heavy metal. Sunset Rollercoaster has also spent many years on a tight international touring schedule that’s given them a glimpse into the international music scene. It appears as if the rollercoaster is on the rise again.