Mr. Stephen Taylor's
aural cavity located on the sides of the head for insertion
of local music scene
INFLUENCES: Ween, Sublime, Luscious Jackson, Zapp Momma,
Violent Femmes, Lucy, Kaplanski, Susan Tedeschi, Tone Loc, Sticky
Rice, L.T.K., L.L. Cool J, Ghost, Suki, MC Hotdog, Mi-Mei Chan.
Leonie Sanderson- keyboard, violin, xylophone, lyrics
Karin Parmelee- lyrics, vocals
Cathy Godwin- bass, vocals, kazoo, lyrics
Aoibhne Hogan- didjeridoo, vocals, shaker
Sandy Schaeffer- guitar
Mary McMee- bass, lyrics, vocals, mover and shaker
Joanne Poole- drum, percussion
It all started back 11 months ago when an 18-wheeler bound for
Tungpu jack-knifed on an icy, hairpin curve in Nantou County. The
rig, flipping and twisting, smashed and expelled its cargo of watermelons
across the road and down a dangerously steep ravine. Unbeknownst
to Cathy and Leonie, hard women from the outback of Australia who
just so happened to be hiking that same day, they had set up camp
at the base of this same, steep ravine.
"Ah rekkin' th' boonks on th' skahmy lost uh leeftah',
"Ah rekkin", added Leonie.
Barely escaping unscathed, due to their knowledge of proper tent
placement, the two helped with the clean-up and headed for Taichung,
determined to start a band.
Meanwhile, back in Taichung, local underground poet/candle
maker Karin witnessed a tattooed, beat-boxing Mary with her scooter-boy
posse practicing their 'ollies' at the People's Park on Kung Yi
Rd. Impressed by this undiscovered talent, Karin cold-stepped
to Mary and threw down a rhyme and in no time like vodka and lime,
two nickels in a dime, they were sublime like cherry wine.
Sandy, the silent guitar fiend from Changhua, joined forces with
Leonie and Cathy on their crusade to rock the house. Mary
and Karin both agreed that the mostly-male dominated rock scene
here in Taiwan was definitely missing ovaries and firing blanks
so they contacted their boy, Kenton, who had Aoibhne, the self-taught
didjeridoo phenomenon flown in from Ireland.
Teaming up with drum-percussionist, 'Skins' Joanne and nixing the
name, 'Quality Babes', 69ACROSS began writing, playing and soon
performing. Shunning the temptation to play covers, the band
boasts an all-original set. Their unique style and generosity
of throwing 'free-stuff' at the crowd, not to mention their almost
effortless mixture of Chinese and Taiwanese lyrics wowed and intrigued
the crowds at last years 'Spring Scream' Music Festival in Kenting
and at the Ho Hai Yang Music Festival held in Fulung last July.
69 ACROSS will also appear on the forthcoming compilation CD produced
by TCM Records and due out next March. You can also check
'em out on their web site. Go to
By combining a dash of country, two parts rap, separating the rock
and adding a hint of folk, 69CROSS have a recipe that's sometimes
in your face, sometimes on your plate with a fortune cookie that
reads, 'That wasn't chicken, now do something about it'.