Big Brass Balls
--By Jeff Sabine Translated by Yvonne
A while ago, I popped into The Living
Room and heard a real treat -- a three piece band rocking
an entranced crowd. I barely managed to get the last
seat in the house.
The Big Brass Balls Band played, and what they played
was not to be missed. These three gents put on their
rockin' caps and got to work. Some great cover songs,
which included a killer version of Prince's "Raspberry
Beret" and 10cc's "I don't like reggae",
were matched with equal talent and gusto by their original
Though they met in Taiwan, they aim
to write songs with a global feel -- not songs specific
to the Taiwan experience. Their version of a "Taiwanese
pop song" was both funny and toe-tapping, but it
is their only song of this sort. Other original tracks
include "Sorry Buddy", a song written in Ireland
about taking requests at parties, and "Pen and
Paper Man", which lays lyrics about computer communication
over a good, hard track.
The mix of humour and seriousness is in all their music.
In the song "Well", they dream about confronting
George W. Bush. "Well it's time for you to stand
up and admit just who you are, and with broken legs,
boy, you won't get very far". Another track, "When
you go on out", is a rock song written for frontman
Brian Colhoun's unborn child.
This trio, together since last April,
is one of the best live shows I have seen, both in Taiwan
and back across the water. Solid drumming by drummer
Dan Plimmer sets a perfect time for the low and rythmic
bass lines of Tom Squires. On top of all that is a mix
of acoustic and electric guitar, along with the engaging
and well-belted lyrics by front man Brian Colhoun.
This band is a great addition to a
vibrant Taipei scene. What separates them is the fact
that they deliver straight-forward rock 'n' roll with
a sound all their own. If you are like me and longing
to drink a beer and listen to some good old rock music,
The BBBB is the perfect solution.