Brash, bold, daring – tempered by a rare, genuine warmth and irresistible enthusiasm, punk musician Mei was known for infusing her music with a brassy sheen that lingered in her listeners. Mei’s character, like her music, will live on in this space after her sudden hospitalization last May that resulted in her death at the age of 38.
Look at the sky without a word
We can grow bravely, no need to be afraid
Look up to the sky and free your hands
Grab your dreams and head for the rainbow
– From “Look up to the sky without words” 看著天空不說話, Come on, go up
Mei, who was a talented lyricist, filled her verses with encouraging messages, inviting her audience to pursue their dreams and live their lives out loud, which she embodied at a T.
She founded the band Come on, go up, which rose to prominence in independent circles in Taiwan at almost lightning speed. In 2019, they toured Japan extensively and showed their mettle alongside heavy hitters like Emerging From The Cocoon and Roadside Inn. They were featured in a campaign that showcased their unique sound, combining brass with punk rock for a ska-inspired groove that breathed new life into the local music scene.
As a person, Mei was a shining presence wherever she went.
Despite the challenges of supporting herself and her family in a rigid societal system that undervalues the creativity and contributions of women in the workforce, her friends and family remember her sunny temper and his optimistic nature. “We hope to commemorate the warmth she passed on to the many people she touched,” the band noted in a private interview. “She was the heart and soul of the band.”
Besides being the singer and the driving force behind Come on, go up, Mei was a multi-talented woman, performing with other bands in various venues in Taipei and doing odd jobs to support her creative endeavors. She was also the co-owner of a “Baby Juice” brand of juice, which made the rounds at music festivals and celebrations of all kinds nationwide.
She is fondly remembered as a radiant and uplifting spirit to those around her. David Frazier, Founder and Program Director of Urban Nomad, said, “If there was one person I always looked forward to seeing at every festival […] it was Mei. She was all huge smiles, totally contagious to everyone around her.
“[We] she will be missed. But that’s how I will always remember her, with a huge smile on her face and making everyone around her happy.
The entertainment news site Star News that the singer was hospitalized on May 2 and died on May 15, after successfully donating organs. The band’s social media pages at the time were filled with well wishes from fans and fellow musicians, including the Taiwanese band’s bassist.
It was during Mei’s hospitalization that the group was informed that they had received aid from the Ministry of Culture to support the production of their latest album.
To bid farewell to his fans, Come on, go up will bring together a variety of singers from the punk and indie music scene including the singer, Come on, go up producer Elisa, singer-songwriter Airy and Popcorn Band vocalists and current full-time mother.
All four addressed Mei’s legacy on social media posts announcing the concert.
“I believe Mei had left behind what she wanted to say in Come on, go upthe songs of. The love and warmth of his music is his gift to us, lifting our souls from sadness to courage. -Chagi
“I am honored to be the producer of Come on, go up, and for the opportunity to discover the work of Mei and each member of the group. Make music with Come on, go up is a part of my life that I will never forget. -Elisa
“We went through the beginning together. We have changed and grown together. And we came out of the trenches together. It was an honor to have met you in this life, and we will meet again in music. -Airy
“Thank you for your support and hard work in sharing this music with everyone. I will listen Come on, go up until I’m 80! -Anny
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Riverside Live House, No. 177 Xining Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, 108
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TNL Editor: Bryan Chou, Nicholas Haggerty (@thenewslensintl)
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