goin' to pummel your pigu
with the Kung Fu Funk!
- COACH -
---By Charles McHale Translated by Picker
The Kung Fu Funk is Coach's 36th Chamber.
Like the Shaolin monks bringing Tthe Way to the people,
Coach's butt-bouncing beats drive the audience to a
frenzy. Free your ass and your mind will follow; relaxing
the mind with hot blood and sweat elevates your consciousness
and opens you up to the positive message of the lyrics.
More than just a simple formula for a party, Coach is
serious about bringing positivity to the people. "We
want to fill people with emotion, awareness and groove
with consciousness," says Coach's Ten. "Being
a part of a worldwide Chinese culture, we want to create
a style that is distinctly ours and represents our culture
to the world. A Chinese rock and roll/funk groove that
gets people to sweat with us," adds band member
Coach is: Ten on drums, Yong on bass, Label on guitar
and Jelly on vocals. For three and a half years they've
been rocking the festivals from Kenting to Fulong, opened
shows for Bobby Chen, Mayday and Wu Bai and China Blue
and, just this summer, turned crowds at ICRT's Combat
Zone Street Parties into well-oiled funk machines. They
chose their name in the spirit that you can do anything
and because it doesn't bind them to any particular style
of music. Influences like the Red Hot Chili Peppers
and Pearl Jam show, but Coach succeeds in creating a
sound that is their own.
Their first album, "Give You a Tempo", will
be released in the spring, a retrospective of the last
three years. This month they're releasing a two-song
EP of "Beautiful Day" and "Real World".
The live shows will give you a taste of the Kung Fu
Funk with new material they're already laying down for
the second album. It's not just funk paced, kung fu
movie soundtracks with Suo Na Chinese horns in the mix--but
that'll give you a taste. Taiwan Fun shouldn't have
to remind you: You gotta get up, to get down! The party
is at the Wall on December 3rd.