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Say Bok Gwai / Trio/Chinese Jesus
Album:Trio/Chinese Jesus Collection:General
Artist:Say Bok Gwai Added:02/2018
Label:Edgetone Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2018-02-16 Pull Date:2018-04-20 
Week Ending:11 Mar4 Mar

Recent Airplay
1.Thu, 22 Mar:Sophie
Sound Landscapes
4.Sat, 03 Mar:smurph
Oh Messy Warpath
2.Wed, 21 Mar:Your Imaginary Friend
Brownian Motion
5.Thu, 01 Mar:DJ Dissociation
A Night on the Roof
3.Wed, 07 Mar:Your Imaginary Friend
Brownian Motion
6.Wed, 28 Feb:Your Imaginary Friend
Brownian Motion

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2018-02-15 
Local Chinese American band. Mostly balls out thrash punk. But a mixed bag including some dissonant plod rock and even some strange attempts at prog jazz/prog rock (ironic?). From Bandcamp: “Say Bok Gwai is San Francisco's first Chinese American hardcore band, melding two distinct cultures into a completely unique sound... original compositions are rooted in American punk/thrash/hardcore music and sung primarily in Cantonese... subject matter ranges from Chinese American identity to grappling with traditional Chinese values and down with "the man" aesthetics.”

1-3) FCCs 4)* (0:30) full on thrash 5) (0:40) upbeat 2/4 hardcore punk 6) (1:50) 2/4 gallop punk, ends with slow chorused dirginess 7) FCCs 8) (1:03) rockin slow part then fast screamy punk 9) (0:12) blazing fast bried 10) (0:15) blazing with grindy vocs 11) (1:14) slow doomy start then blazing punk, slow fast slow thing 12) (1:03) punk gallop, shifts between the pop punk ska thing and back 13) (0:18) brief blast 14) (0:27) punk blast 15) (0:55) rip roaring disjunct punky mess 16) (1:29) 4/4 driving insolent punk 17) (1:49) 2/4 punk gallop beat, insolent punk 18) FCCs 19) (2:13) mathy beat, sax prog returns, but tighter, crashes into dissonance 20) (2:05) huh? This is prog jazz, saxaphones, electric piano and that style drumming, but theres something off, flubbed notes here and there, makes this rather twisted and weird, almost comical 21)* (5:36) slow dissonant plod, early Swans bass, chantlike vocs, doomy

Track Listing
1.Department Of Wealth And Beauty 11.Vegan Death March
2.Heavy Metal Sewing Circle 12.Lazier
3.Mark Fiore 13.Duck Clay Pot
4.Obamachrist 14.What Kinda Game You Playin?
5.Ota 15.Toe Jue
6.Once Upon A Time In Chinatown 16.Saan Hou
7.Fuck Your Ancient Chinese Secret 17.Gambaru
8.Culture Not Borders 18.Kiss The Goat
9.Ojos 19.Do Some Job!
10.Venu 20.Jazz Guitars For Few
 21.Stoner Chino