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The COMPASS Group > March 2008

Ronald Lin


Back in the Day...Musical Nostalgia

Chris Huskey's "Soldiers, Girls & Nightmares"

By Ronald Lin (Host of the HitFM Radio Network) Translated by Ann Lee
Photos by Andy Lin

Chris Huskey's "Soldiers, Girls & Nightmares"

Maybe I'm getting too old and my memory is becoming blurry, but I just can't seem to remember what I was doing when I was a warm-blooded 17-year-old boy. What was I into the most? What was I busy doing? Listening to rock n' roll? Talking about my dreams? Learning how to play guitar? Chasing after girls? It's almost like my memory was erased.

However, that all changed the other day when I popped in Chris Huskey's album, "Soldiers, Girls & Nightmares". Lo and behold, the tunes, by a 17-year-old, took me right back to my own teenage days and my memories came flooding back. Back then, apart from going to school, we were spending our free time playing with ancient guitars, covering bands and artists like A-ha, George Michael, Madonna and Michael Jackson, while religiously listening to Queen, The Beatles, Iron Maiden, Halloween, Metallica, Megadeath, and Slayer. And that's how I spent my time. Though some might say being so caught up in music was a waste of time, I consider it a necessary part of growing up.

These days it sees like 17-year-olds are pretty much the same--it is always about a girl (or girls!) and guitars. However, nowadays, the younger generation seems to have more courage and freedom of expression. You can really hear these generational anthems on "Soliders, Girls, & Nightmares", which came out this year. On this album, you'll hear themes from difficult love and sex, to cultural collision and the war in Iraq. His music, which has a lighter emo/pop punk style, sounds a bit like Dashboard Confessional, Allister, or the Ataris, and is laced with dramatic lyrics and catchy refrains. Most of all, Huskey is an impressive young dude--he writes, records and produces his own music right here in Taiwan; even his lyrics, which are sung with a young voice, sound older than he is.

Chris' lyrics and sound will take you back to a time when life was less complicated and graduation seemed light-years away. If you want to know more about Chris Huskey or listen to a few songs, look for him on MySpace music,

PureVolume, or http://www.musicfree.com.tw/#huskey.

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