“We have identified them half our lives,” mentioned Crystal Wu, 26, who traveled with three pals from mainland China for the present, to see the band for the sixth time, after beforehand catching them at offered out London and Los Angeles reveals. “We relate to their spirit,” she added.
Lately, their Hong Kong dates have turn out to be famed as marathons of music, with every present sometimes lasting upwards of three and a half hours with a number of encores, costume modifications and lasers. This yr, between songs, they broadcasted mini-movies, caricaturing every band member as a superhero combating a monster.
Throughout a lot of the songs, followers stood up, frantically waving blue wands.
The evening earlier than the final present, Taiwanese actor Richie Jen and Hong Kong singer Edmond Leung had been within the viewers and joined Mayday onstage.
Reside reveals act because the band’s glue, mentioned frontman Ashin, fusing them collectively: “Though every individual has his personal life and challenge, as soon as we’re onstage, we attempt our greatest.”
Mayday primarily sings in Mandarin and Taiwanese, with some English sprinkled in. Songs are catchy and addictive, happy-go-lucky, pop-infused anthemic rock, akin to U2 or One Path, And with titles like “Occasion Animal,” “Cheers” and “Right here, After Us,” they challenge the innocence of a youthful technology, with all its accompanying hope and heartbreak.
Different artists from Taiwan have encountered difficulties in China for being outspoken in regards to the island, which China regards as a breakaway province, however Mayday has largely steered away from politics. Ashin says the group desires their music to be on the forefront.
“Their lyrics are cheerful and reasonable,” mentioned Henry Ho, a 20-year-old Hong Konger, who was launched to Mayday by his girlfriend, Heidi Shek. The 19-year-old solely had one phrase for why she favored Mayday -— “engaging.”
It’s this relatability that continues to attract in a youthful fanbase — a good portion of that are virtually half the band members’ age — 20 years into the band’s profession.
“Younger individuals carry their mother and father and fogeys carry their younger youngsters,” mentioned Mayday’s guitarist Stone, 41. “We cross generations” he added.
Stone and his bandmates are of their 40s, however regardless of their grueling touring schedule, look a lot youthful. Speaking to CNN earlier than their final present in Hong Kong, they had been fresh-faced and earnest, even embarrassed about their “live performance garments,” all black outfits with skinny black pants. They’ve performed collectively since highschool, by navy service, solo initiatives, getting married and elevating households.
“Since we have now been collectively for thus lengthy, we all know one another very effectively,” mentioned Tsai Shen-yen, referred to as “Masa.” “We frequently simply take note of one’s advantage as an alternative of their shortcomings.”
Drummer Liu Yen-ming, nicknamed “Guan You,” is the oldest at 43 and takes on the affected person parental function. He has the most effective temperament, says Stone, so all of them like making enjoyable of him onstage.
Stone, or Shi Chin-hang, may be very considerate, mentioned guitarist Masa, and pays consideration to the small print the remainder overlook.
Bassist Masa is essentially the most playful and energetic, mentioned guitarist Wen Shang-yi, or “Monster.” Monster, in flip, may be very sentimental, mentioned Masa.
Lastly, frontman Ashin, is “the soul of the band,” mentioned Guan You. He is at all times working, determining the right way to enhance the subsequent present.
At 41, Ashin, or Chen Shin-hung, can be the final single member of the band. The remaining are married, however vow to “care for him,” mentioned Guan You.
As for the longer term, they hope to final one other 20 years.
“We hardly consider we have now been collectively for 20 years,” mentioned Masa. “We do not need break this relationship.”