Trio

by Say Bok Gwai

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TRIO picks up where CHINK IN THE ARMOR, Say Bok Gwai’s second release, left off. Featuring 16 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.

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released December 25, 2016

Say Bok Gwai:
Alex Yeung- guitar, vocals, alto saxophone, and keyboards
Andre Custodio- drums, back-up vocals

Guest Musicians:
Josh Martin- bass on tracks 01-17
Craigums- vocals on Lazier.
Lizz Ortega De Marín- vocals on Ojos and Once Upon A Time in Chinatown


Production:
Trio was recorded, mixed and mastered at House of Faith, Oakland by Bart Thurber.
Bass overdubs recorded by Josh Martin
Vocal overdubs recorded at Dutch Over Studios, Oakland by Craig Billmeier
Guitar, vocal, alto saxophone, and keyboard overdubs recorded at Monkey King Studios by Alex Yeung.

Artwork and layout by Alex Yeung.

Produced by Monkey King Records

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Say Bok Gwai San Francisco, California

Say Bok Gwai combines American hardcore, metal, punk, experimental, jazz and thrash music, with Cantonese and English vocals creating the first and only Canto-Core band in existence.

Say Bok Gwai consists of Alex Yeung (composer/guitarist/vocalist) and Andre Custodio drummer). This duo creates a new direction in music that a Chinese-American perspective that is unique to San Francisco.
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Track Name: Department of Wealth and Beauty
You're a sad

selfish
coward
Determined
to live
False tales
of paradise

Your only concern

are of capitalist
nature
Blinded by
corporate
brainwashing
Tricked

To live
the lie
of value
assigned
to wealth
and beauty

Taught to buy
into the lies
of economic
slavery,
Track Name: Heavy Metal Sewing Circle
Heavy Metal
sewing circle
See right through your
small little world
Chunka Chunka tough guys
We got your number
Ignorant Piss Ant
Closed minded slumber

Fuck your dying scene
prissy metal queens
Track Name: Mark Fiore
make light make us laugh
keeping it real
with your art

expose
corrupt assholes

government and corporate scams
the frailty
of man

Mark Fiore
respect goes out to you
for the life you live
illustrating your views

Sticking it to the "man"

Calling out rich and greedy
Track Name: ObamaChrist
Raising the dead
in the name of the lord

Water into Wine
like sheep to the slaughter

Die for your sins
Like Zeus did before him

He is your saviour
In the name of money

Obama Christ
Track Name: OTA
Hardcore music, (Cantonese language)
(Chinese Americans don't be afraid)
(If our music is fast)
(or we tell the President (fuck off))

OTA
Cranking out the CantoCore!

SF old school - yellow 5
Keeping Canto - core alive
breaking stereotypes - that thrive
on ignorance - to survive

Guitar,drums - thrash attack
No 10 piece kit or - marshall stacks
No rockstar - sell out shit
No radio or - top 10 hits

Down with SBG!
Track Name: Fuck Your Ancient Chinese Secret
Fuck your Hop Sing
Fuck your Kato
Dragon Lady
Fu Man Chu too

Fuck Your Ancient Chinese Secret

I ain't gonna doing your laundry
Build your own fucking railroad
I won't be your coolie house boy
Cook your own damn chop suey

This Chinaman doesn't break
This Chink ain't no Oriental
This Gook is an American
Sucky Sucky me off asshole!

Fuck Your Ancient Chinese Secret
Track Name: Culture Not Borders
Take pride in cultures
Not borders
Imaginary boundaries
of nations
Walls between our world
community

see the plan

of the rich
divide and conquer
feeding the hate

Unite and learn
we are the same
culture not borders

Respect our cultures
respect to our lands
Respect ourselves

Ideals of the dreamers
wishful thinking of the wise
Our species is not ready
Like animals till we all die
Track Name: Venu
Dignity generosity
your strength in life inspires me
to continue
even when life is hard
I call you brother in my heart
Your spirit lives on
Track Name: Vegan Death March
nothing wrong with vegan life
your choice for non animal is right
Neglecting your body sticking to ideals
eating lab snacks and chemikill meals
Track Name: Ojos Que No Ven
NUNCA PODRE ENTENDER LOS
BAJOS INSTINTOS DEL HOMBRE!
DESCARGAN SU IRA EN LO MAS
DEBIL EN LO MAS PURO!
 
CUERPOS VIOLADOS, DESGARRADOS,
QUEMADOS, ENTRE LA TIERRA,
DESECHADOS COMO BOTELLAS VACIAS.
 
TRATANDO DE ESCONDER SU CRIMEN,
PERO SOLO SIEMBRAN MIEDO Y ODIO!
Track Name: Lazier
Lazy, dumb, fat and stupid
sun loving flip flop wearing bitches
wasteful selfish self-serving consuming
privileged confused pampered and lazy

Lazier from wealth and privilege?
Lazier from tv and computers?
Lazier from lack of hunger?
Lazier even still?

I see thru you and everyone does too
unmotivated and listless
shallow and useless
generation cow gnawing on your processed packaged boxed genetically altered microwaved poo

(lazier than a stinky hippie)
(useless stupid trash)
Is this what America has to offer?
(America can you do better)
Track Name: Toe Jue
You look down at me

when you hear way I speak

My parents taught me Cantonese
In American I did not learn to write or read
And you can say my Cantonese is bad
I will keep singing my songs
Track Name: Gumbaru
Never give in
Gumbaroo

Str8 Outta Oaktown
Born off foreign shores
A true American
with a Japanese core
A time a country turned on it's own
Americans lost their businesses and homes
rumored enemies of the state
interned in Tanfran Park to wait
"No one could leave the camps"
But that did not hold you back

Escaped with a Chinese surname- Soo
Comedian Singer Actor in the Midwest - MC
An inspiration, an activist, pioneer - legacy
Gumbaroo Gumbaroo Gumbaroo

Goro Suzuki, you will not be forgotten.
Your mark has been made in acetate.
Goro Suzuki, just hang on through problems.
We will continue the struggle
Gum ba ray!