This episode of Danwei Music is about Say Bok Gwai (死白鬼 - Die White Devil), San Francisco's first Chinese American hardcore band.
Say Bok Gwai's original compositions are rooted in American punk/thrash/ hardcore music but sung primarily in Cantonese. The subject matter of their lyrics ranges from Chinese American identity to grappling with traditional Chinese values. Their music is not for the timid or easily offended.
Frontman Alex Yeung is a long time San Franciscan musician who has worked in both the local rock and experimental music scenes. Alex serves as the songwriter and guitarist for Say Bok Gwai. Drummer Andre Custodio has been an integral part of the Bay Area experimental music scene for over 10 years. Say Bok Gwai has released their eponymous debut CD on Monkey King Records.
This episode was shot and edited by Anna Sophie Loewenberg, with music by Say Bok Gwai and the intro tune by Beijing band Reflector. This was filmed in August, 2006.