Band That Keeps On Keepin' On: Kook
By Don Quan Translated
by Monica Lin
Further testament to the diversity of Kaohsiung's music
scene can be found in a band known as Kook. This trio
makes heavy, driving, melodic music. FYI South had a
Q&A with band members Leslie (???, vocals, guitar),
MJ (???, bass) and Soft Song (???, drums). They're all
cool dudes, and they rock as hard as any band in Taiwan.
Q. When did the band start?
Leslie: In 2000. We were students then.
Q. How would you describe your style?
Leslie: That's hard. Sometimes we don't even know. We
have a wide range.
Soft Song: You could call us "pop-grunge".
MJ: We are definitely "underground", but we
have to make it a bit "pop" so people will
Q. How often do you perform?
Leslie: Before, we played several times a month. Now,
we have jobs, so maybe once a month.
Q. Who writes the songs, and what are they about?
Soft Song: Leslie. They are mostly about the human condition,
Q. Who are your influences?
Q. Which band would you most want to tour with?
Soft Song: Radiohead.
MJ: Muse or Fire Extinguisher.
Q. Is there any CD available?
MJ: We had an EP available 2 or 3 years ago. It's sold
out. We also had a free demo that we gave out at live
Leslie: We will record after Chinese New Year, 10 songs.
We'll have a website ready to accompany the release
of the album.
Q. Is the band just a hobby, now that you have
jobs, etc.? Or do you wish to become more known?
MJ: Of course, it would be nice to become famous doing
something you like, but we play because we love it.
Leslie: We don't really care how famous we get. Rock
and roll is our life, and sometimes there are compromises
in life, but we still persist. We just hope that people
who like our music also get the message we are conveying:
Shit happens, but who cares? Life goes on.
Attention local bands/musicians:
Are you interested in having your act featured in an
upcoming installment of In Yer Ear? Contact Don at (07)-380-8074
and we'll arrange for an interview.