Chang said the band’s goal is to give underprivileged people and grassroots workers direct access to cultural resources instead of simply acting as their “spokesmen.”
“Both [entertainer] Chicken Cutlet Girl (雞排妹) and Taiwanese rock band Mayday (五月天) have encouraged youngsters to stand up and act against [social injustice]... but the Black Hand Nakasi wants to do more. We want to join the battlefield,” Chuang said.
To fulfill that goal while keeping the band afloat, individual members have to take on part-time jobs at labor unions and colleges and live economically.
Despite their financial straits, the septet turned down Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim’s (蕭美琴) invitation for them to perform at a campaign event.
“We can sing in social movements for free, but we will never sell our music to politics,” the band members said.