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2009 CantoCore Records Finally Surface
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 01 2017 11:36:27

Although Say Bok Gwai disbanded at the beginning of 2010, Monkey King Records is releasing two new records from the original CantoCore purveyors. TRIO and Chinese Jesus were recorded in 2009 and the 1” master tapes have sat on a shelf until this year. TRIO picks up where Say Bok Gwai’s second release, Chink In The Armor, left off. Featuring 17 short, quirky and fast songs about Chinese and American culture, society, politics, history and identity. Say Bok Gwai reinvents musical genres from punk to metal to hardcore.  In reaction to requests by fans, this recording has the inclusion of bass guitar which has not been in any previous recordings. As a companion to the TRIO album release, the Chinese Jesus EP  reveals four very different and unique compositions. This EP expands the band’s music landscape by having the duo move into areas of Jazz, Progressive, Satanic and Stoner Metal.  Although Say Bok Gwai has always touched upon these genres, Chinese Jesus dives even deeper by adding new instrumentation and overdubs to expand the dynamic of the duo. These two releases will be available on Bandcamp as a digital release on December 25, 2016 and a CD release featuring both TRIO and Chinese Jesus will be available at the beginning of 2017.


Say Bok Gwai combines American hardcore, metal, punk, experimental, improvised and thrash music, with Cantonese and English vocals creating the first and only CantoCore band in existence.  SBG consists of Alex Yeung(composer/guitarist/vocalist) and Andre Custodio aka Tong Long(drummer).  Formed in 2004, SBG played over 100 shows in it’s six year run.  SBG performed mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area and in 2005 toured in Hong Kong performing at the Rock On Festival and Hard Rock Café in Kowloon.


This CantoCore duo creates a new Chinese American perspective with songs that would offend, educate, surprise and entertain both Chinese and American listeners.  Diverse in musical influences and sound, Say Bok Gwai employs genres such as thrash, metal, punk, and hardcore while incorporating progressive, experimental and improvisational aspects in the compositions and performances. With a Chinese American perspective unique to San Francisco, Say Bok Gwai creates a new direction in music rooted in Chinese and American culture.

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