New album by Tizzy Bac is more grown-up

New album by Tizzy Bac is more grown-up

Taiwanese indie band Tizzy Bac's new album Fragile is an ambitious epic which tackles life, death and the universe.

For example, the lyrics on Armstrong's One Small Step (I'll See You In My Dream) evoke the dizzying scale of Man's tiny existence: "No matter how clamorous the world/ Lift your head and you'll reach the universe/In that vastness, I am a shimmer of light."

It turns out that the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory (2007 to present) has something to do with this bout of star-gazing.

While writing songs for the album, lead vocalist and lyricist Chen Hui-ting, 36, fell "madly in love" with the show.

Speaking over the telephone from Taipei, she says: "It took obscure terms and ideas from physics, and placed them in an everyday context where they were discussed in a humorous manner.

"I wanted to do the same thing here and take what look like very big or serious questions and tackle them our way." The band also comprise bassist Hsu Chu-yu, 34, and drummer Lin Chien-yuan, 33. They perform at Switch by Timbre on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Fragile is also a more mature album, say the band. Chen notes: "In our music previously, there were still some elements of youthful cutesiness. But this album is more grown-up from the arrangement, which is more epic in scale, to the content, which addresses time, life and the universe."

While the CD cover of If I See Hell, I Won't Fear The Devil (2009) features a pop-up of cartoony characters, it is not as though Tizzy Bac were previously singing about lollipops and rainbows.

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