Mon, Feb 23, 2009 - Page 13 News List

Fearless in hell

Tizzy Bac, one of Taiwan’s pioneering indie bands, has just released their latest album, inspired by the braveness of a child

By David Chen  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chen put her French degree to use on a past Tizzy Bac project, La Rose de Victor (維克多的玫瑰), an EP of Chanson-style songs.

Even though Chen writes the lyrics, the three band members insist the songwriting process for Tizzy Bac is fully collaborative. When writing and arranging, the songs undergo a vetting process where they must also “pass the gates” of co-founder and bassist Hsu and drummer Lin Chien-yuan (林前源), who used to play with indie-pop band 13 (拾參) and joined Tizzy Bac in 2003.

The band says they still take a DIY approach to production, taking an active part in the entire process from recording to final packaging of the CD.

And with I’m Not Afraid of Demons If I’d Seen Hell they feel more confident than ever as musicians. “When we recorded the album [this time], we went in knowing exactly how it was going to turn out,” said Hsu.

“We’re older, more mature … we’ve grown on our instruments, and we’re listening to more and more things. So now we can really use our instruments to express the emotions we want to express,” said Lin.

For all the care and attention the band puts into their musical growth, do they consider their music like their children?

“We are their children,” says Hsu. “They created us. It’s these songs that have created Tizzy Bac.”

The band appears on Saturday at

5pm at Rose Records in Ximending (西門町), 1F, 52, Hanzhong St, Taipei City (台北市漢中街52號1樓) for a CD signing and short performance. For details visit

The Taipei Times’ review of Tizzy Bac’s CD appears on March 25.VIEW THIS PAGE

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