ONE SWEET, SWEET BAND: WE SAVE STRAWBERRIES
-- Don Quan Translated by Annie Liu
It's time to meet one of the 'best-tasting' bands in
Taiwan- We Save Strawberries. Formed in 1998, the band
is comprised of Lapen (vocals, acoustic guitar), Arny
(electric guitar, vocals), Kurt (electric guitar, vocals),
Tony (bass, vocals), Juzen (drums) and Tom (DJ, effects
played at every major festival and city in Taiwan, Arny
states, "We've too many musical influences."
This becomes clear when trying to categorize their music.
He describes it as "carefree, leisurely, pleasing
music about life and life experiences". Their live
show will take you on a ride through dreampop-land,
shoegazer-land, lofi-rock-land, then bring you back
with a few superb pop songs.
The melodies and lyrics are composed mostly by Lapen,
who possesses one of the sexiest voices since Beth Orton.
The other members collectively arrange the instrumentation.
Most of the songs are in Mandarin, but Lapen can sing
quite well in English, as their version of The Carpenter's
"The End Of The World" demonstrates. While
never confined to one style or genre, their songs always
have brilliant melodies.
WSS's first album is no longer available, but they're
recording new material for release later this year.
In the meantime, catch one of their videos on MTV, or
better yet, check out a live show. You will certainly
be left with a sweet taste in your mouth; kinda like
on the web: www.wss.tw
WSS Live: At press time, nothing confirmed in the south
for August (August 18 - The Wall, Taipei)