Label: Chochukmo (Self-Relased)
Released: 28 Nov 2009
Genre: Indie-Rock / Hong Kong Indie
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About The Album:
The King Lost His Pink is an excellent debut effort. Bringing together ten tracks of pure Chochukmovian delight, it cockily boasts complex beats, mind-boggling time changes, blistering guitar solos, intricate but deadly-tight song structures, a cutting sense of humour, and the characteristic high-pitched melodic wailing of the city’s most rock’n’roll frontman. The album has been so named because its release marks the last time the band will sport their trademark pink theme. The ‘King’ apparently refers to Jan, who was the lone voice in favour of the unconventional colour scheme. “They have decided to overthrow me,” he deadpans.
Much of the material on the album will be familiar to those who’ve followed the band as they’ve risen through the local indie ranks, playing at live showcases such as Underground, HK Live and Listen Up. Alongside crowd favourites Head to Toe and Number One are tighter versions of live mainstays Caroline, Tell Her (Laura I Love Her), Let Her Go, and 1, 2, 3, 4, as well as two stonking new vocal numbers – Something Special and Good Morning Graveyard – and two instrumental tracks.
All of these songs are pearls of imaginative rock music, swinging seamlessly from flamenco guitar licks to punk chords, dub rhythms, and bouncy pop all within the space of four minutes. There’s also much to be said for the lyrics, which tell stories of day-to-day experiences, ranging from Jan’s plea to guitarist Lester to break up with his girlfriend (Let Her Go – it worked), to a self-reflective but political number that points the finger at Hong Kong’s government and society for failing to foster a sense of national identity (Number One), to a song that asks people to think about their short time on planet Earth and what exactly they’re doing with it (Good Morning Graveyard).
A particularly interesting case is the song Tell Her (Laura I Love Her), an almost-cover of Ray Peterson’s 1960 hit of very similar name. In it, Jan pays homage to the classic American pop song while adding a grim twist in which the subject of the dead boy’s affections moves on to find love with another guy. The stories Hongkongers are fed on TV mostly have happy endings, Jan says by way of explanation for his alternate ending, but it would be better if they sometimes reflected the way life really works. He follows that sobering thought with a comical example: “Like, Winnie the Pooh is an actual animal that can kill people – he’s not actually a tiny yellow teddy bear.”
(香港) Time Out 雜誌香港版及Diesel:U:Music主辨的音樂比賽榮譽宣佈，本地爆炸Indie rock樂隊組合CHOCHUKMO第一張唱片專輯正式面世。
樂隊組合CHOCHUKMO第一張唱片導輯由Time Out雜誌香港版啟動策劃。本年六月，Time Out宣佈舉辦We’ll Make Your Album計劃，徵收未被唱片公司簽綠的樂隊創作音樂，經星級實力評判 – 著名歌手黃耀明，著名樂隊Beyond成員黃家強、著名唱片監製Kelvin Avon以及音樂繼人黃志淙嚴選，樂隊組合CHOCHUKMO終於在芸眾多參賽者中脫穎而出，獲得出版唱片專輯《The King Lost His Pink》。
首張唱片專輯《The King Lost His Pink》由香港著名藝術家Simon Birch創作，唱作人Hanjin Tan的Invisible Men混音監製
Chochukmo is a 4-piece indie rock band based in Hong Kong, China with Jan Curious on Vocal, Mike Orange on Guitar and Keyboard, Les Hunter on Guitar, and Kitty Trouble on Drums. The members of the band have started contributing their talents and innovations into their music since the summer of 2005, with the current inventive line-up coming into their own in the spring of 2008. With the chemistry triggered by different musical interests and thoughts, Chochukmo has been claimed to have created a unique style of their own. With the playful minds and the courages of pushing to limits, they experiment rock music with different elements from jazz to punk, from bossa nova to reggae. The band is known for their passionate and energetic live performance, and the richness in elements delivered in their music.
Chochukmo had their current lineup debut in July 2008 at Group Show IV, following up with 1 or 2 gigs per month regularly. Chochukmo has been participating in various music festivals happening in the city, namely Jam Fest, Rockraiser Festival, as well as the well-acclaimed Clockenflap as the local headline. Except local showcases, Chochukmo has been touring to Manila, Philippines and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, receiving positive reviews from the local media.
Chochukmo has been selected as the “Top 20 Hong Kong Musicians” by Time Out Hong Kong in 2008, has been described as “the most charismatic band to have emerged in southern China in recent years” by TIME Magazine, and has been included in “The Hong Kong Hot List: 20 people to watch” by CNNGo in 2009.
1 Child Heights
2 Tell Her (Laura I Love Her)
3 Number One
4 Let Her Go
5 Head To Toe
6 Till Late No May
7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 To You
8 Something Special
10 Welcome to the Graveyard