High Tide’s horn section with trombonist Andrew Francis, Wesley James on trumpet, and MacGregor Wooley on saxophone also played on multiple tracks on Monkey Pilot’s newly released second album, Big Child.
“It was really hard to do the second album,” said lead vocalist Tony Wang (王湯尼). “It was different from the first album, [which] was pure rock punk music. This time we tried new styles: funk, surfing music [and] a little metal.”
Big Child deals with the effects that moving to Taipei from Kaohsiung had on band members and the transition from being hometown boys (and girl) to living in a place where, Wang said, there are “many people, [it’s] very busy, the people are more cold [and] there’s more competition.” The band has made a music video for track two that encompasses both the hectic pace of Taipei and the joie de vivre of the group’s ethos.
In the end, the album, like life, is about “keeping your mind like a child,” said Wang. “Don’t care about so many things and you can be happy.”
■ Doors at 7pm, show from 8pm, Saturday at Legacy Taipei, Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號). Admission is NT$500 at door; NT$400 presale from 7-11 iBon or at Legacy.