Touming Magazine - Soul Music

by Jeff Curran

When I first came to Taiwan, I started a punk rock band called The Deported. While there were a few punk bands at that time (Spunka, Semi-Con, Useless Motherfuckers), the one band that stood out as being all about the music, and a lot less about the Mohawk and fucking shit up, was Fall of this Corner. Their singer, Monkey, was someone who really cared about the music, and he was a very encouraging and inspiring force to us in that early scene. This is his new band's first album:

The album starts out with an intro which sounds a lot like a Tribe Called Quest meets Fugazi. It quickly transitions into "Hey Now!" - A poppy punk number with a heavy bass sound, which busily takes us from a melodic punk rock verse and chorus to the final, angry and beautiful outro scream of "Hey... You... Drop Dead!" It's a great start to an overall good punk rock album.

There are a few different genres mixed into this album, and sometimes it doesn't always work for me. The hip-hop song "Illmaga" sounds silly, and I do wonder whether it's parody or not. "Teenage Girl", which features a guest female lead singer (Ben Ben), is overly depressing and sounds like it was originally written as a suicide letter. I did like the outro with Monkey (lead singer) and the female lead singing "Goodbye world/Hello hell or heaven".

The songs "Soul Blast", "Sometimes I Want To Punch You In The Face" and "Our Soul" will please those of us with more hardcore tastes. The songs remind me of DC era punk bands, such as Rites of Spring, mixed with heavier styles, like SNFU or any of the early O.C. hardcore bands.

Listen to this album if you want to destroy things

I have never felt that punk rock had much of a scene here in Taiwan. In the ten years, I've been here, I've seen very few punk bands last for more than a year or two. Most of the punkers from those days moved on to other genres, such as reggae or rockabilly, or they dropped out completely; becoming lawyers, doctors and so forth. Monkey has been doing this for a long time, and with this band, he's really made something unique and special for Taiwan. Passion is a hard thing to come by in the underground music scene, but this band is loaded with it. Listen to this album if you want to destroy things. Or, listen to this album if you want to be a part of what is still good about the world of punk rock. Or, don't listen to it. I don't really care.

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If you're having trouble finding this CD, especially from outside of Taiwan, then try Splinter Records.

Jeff Curran is a veteran of the Taiwan music scene, having paid his dues, and then some, as guitarist in The Deported, as well as numerous other bands (Abandoned Machines, Auto De Fe, The Freeloaders, etc.) He's punk as fuck, but sweet in the heart. He'll speak his mind, and then he'll buy you some popcorn.

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