KICK APPLE: SERIOUSLY KICKIN' ASS
---By Don Quan Translated
by Annie Liu
Shy Kick Apple on the web:
Band bookings: OEJ - 0929-008-650, or ORIO - 0929-419-399
One of the most exciting young bands
currently making waves is Shy Kick Apple. Formed late
in 2005, the band consists of OEJ (vocals), ORIO (guitar),
PiPi (bass), PoPo (drums), Hsi Chui (flute), Omega King
(saxophone), Hsiao Han Han (trumpet) and Saku (trumpet).
Da Zheng from Extinguisher is also a guest-singer/lyricist.
With this many members, you would assume correctly that
they put forth a huge sound. The songs are fast and
melodic (like modern-day punk), but the horns and ORIO's
guitar style give the band its ska/reggae edge. In fact,
the band chose their name purposely as an acronym for
Their sound is reminiscent of American
bands The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Less Than Jake,
but ORIO says they've more influenced by Japanese punk/ska
bands Kemuri and Potshot. With breakneck tempos, reggae-influenced
guitars, thundering bass and the brass section, it's
a felicitous blend that defies you to not bop along
with the music.
Forming this band was convenient, as
all the members are friends from high school or college.
The horn players are classically trained, and still
perform recitals periodically. S.K.A. is their first
foray into rock, but flautist Hsi Chui, "prefers
playing rock to classical." The other members are
quite busy in the underground scene. ORIO and PiPi both
perform with punk brethren Extinguisher, and drummer
PoPo also plays for the band MaHou. OEJ has another
gig in a vocal quartet, but it is definitely not his
calling. "It's actually very boring."
Boring is one adjective that will never
be used to describe this band. Their 4-song EP (with
music written collectively by the band, and lyrics by
OEJ/Da Zheng) only hints at the energy of their live
show, which is not to be missed. S.K.A. kicks ass so
hard that when you go see them, you better bring some
protective gear for your posterior.