Fri, Nov 09, 2001 - Page 8 News List

The DIY Band does it for you

By Yu Sen-lun  /  STAFF REPORTER

The four men of DIY Band (小刀樂團) are not young kids playing hard rock

with heavy make-up. Unlike many local bands, they don't do trendy things

like Lo-Fi rock or electronica. On the contrary, the band's music is

quite mainstream; lyrical and folk rock. But it is the ordinary which

allows the band to easily touch the heart of the audience every time

they perform at the Witch House or Underworld.

Clear acoustic or electric guitar, harmonizing voices, and just the

right mix of drums and bass, have become the band's trademark. Hsiao-tao

(小刀) who leads the band and has taught guitar for 10 years, writes

most of the band's songs. He has also been involved in the record

industry for many years, working as everything from a copywriter to

producer of some hits on the Chinese pop music charts. His background is

perhaps what makes it so hard to find anything rough or outrageous in

DIY's music.

The band says its purpose is to bring more fun and liveliness to rock 'n' roll. They have such satiric numbers as Give Me a Nuclear Plant, to

protest the construction of Taiwan's Fourth Nuclear Plant, and Finding a

Job, a rallying tune for the workers of Taiwan. The rest of the band

members have day jobs; one produces TV shows, one is an art designer and

another owns a cafe. Their name, they say, sums up the spirit of the

band; during the day they do their work for other people, but at night

they do it for themselves.

DIY Band has just released an EP with two new rock 'n' roll love songs;

Black Sea and Shadows. Both will be performed at the Witch House

tomorrow night. The Witch House is located at 7, Ln. 56, Hsinsheng S.

Rd. Sec. 3, Taipei (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號).

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