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Sodagreen

sodagreen performing at The Wall in Taipei.
Chinese name蘇打綠 (Traditional)
Pinyinsūdǎ lǜ (Mandarin)
OriginTaiwan
Genre(s)indie rock, country rock, pop rock, Mandopop
Label(s)Willlin Music (2004–present)
Years active2004–present
Current MembersWu Tsing-Fong
Liou Jia-Kai
Ho Jing-Yang
Gong Yu-Chi
Shie Shin-Yi
Shih Jyun-Wei
Official Websitewww.sodagreen.com.tw
 
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Sodagreen

sodagreen performing at The Wall in Taipei.
Chinese name蘇打綠 (Traditional)
Pinyinsūdǎ lǜ (Mandarin)
OriginTaiwan
Genre(s)indie rock, country rock, pop rock, Mandopop
Label(s)Willlin Music (2004–present)
Years active2004–present
Current MembersWu Tsing-Fong
Liou Jia-Kai
Ho Jing-Yang
Gong Yu-Chi
Shie Shin-Yi
Shih Jyun-Wei
Official Websitewww.sodagreen.com.tw

Sodagreen (Chinese: 蘇打綠; pinyin: Sūdá lǜ) (stylized as sodagreen) is a Taiwanese independent folk-rock-pop band formed in 2001. Its lineup has been unchanged since 2003. Sodagreen emerged in the Taiwanese indie music scene after receiving the Grand Jury Award in the Hohaiyan Gongliau Rock Festival in 2004, after which it signed a contract with Willlin Music. The band is prominent for its main vocalist and songwriter Wu Tsing-Fong, who is prominent for his poetic lyrics, unique performing style and wide vocal range.

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Members

History

Sodagreen was named by Shih, then the band's leader, and Wu, the lead vocalist. The band was originally named Soda (蘇打), but Shih felt that the band needed a name with three Chinese characters. Wu, whose favourite colour was green, suggested adding the word green (綠) behind the name, thus the band's name.

In May 2001, Sodagreen competed in the Golden Melody Cup held by National Chengchi University and won Best Popularity by the composition "Peeping". Appreciated by Shiao-Ying, one of the judges, they recorded "Peeping" in participation of the compilation Taiwan independent compilation 2001, released by TCM. In April the next year, after several changes in the line-up of the band (guitarist), Sodagreen participated in Golden Melody Cup once again, this time winning the Best Band, Best Composition, Best Lyrics, and Best Music awards.

In March 2003, A-Fu and Jia-Kai, also from National Chengchi University, and A-Gong from Taipei National University of the Arts joined Sodagreen. The band's line-up has been unchanged since. In July the same year, the band played at the Hohaiyan Gongliau Rock Festival's Hot Wave Rock section.

In August 2004, Sodagreen were awarded the Grand Jury Award of Hohaiyan Gongliau Rock Festival. They then signed an official contract with Willlin Music. In September of 2005, they released their self-titled debut album, sodagreen, after a series of singles and EPs. The band garnered a few nominations in the Golden Melody awards of 2006 for this album. In October 2006, they released their second album, Little Universe. That December, they released a single- My Future Is Not a Dream, a collaboration with A-pay, a band under the same label.

In June 2007, Sodagreen were awarded the Best Band Award at the 18th Golden Melody Awards. Wu Tsing-Fong also received the highly-coveted Best Melody Award for the song "Little Love Song", which was also nominated for the best lyrics. Little Universe was nominated for the best album. In November, Sodagreen released their third album, Incomparable Beauty. Shortly after, they held their first concert at a major venue, the Absolutely Beautiful Concert which was held at the Taipei Arena. They were the first indie band to hold a concert there. The concert holds the record for being the longest concert ever held at the venue, with Sodagreen playing for five hours, incurring a large fine for playing too late into the night.

In May 2008, the band released the live album Sing With Me, which included live tracks from the Absolutely Beautiful Concert as well as three new studio tracks. Lover Animal was the official Chinese language theme song for the movie Juno. That year at the 19th Golden Melody Awards, they were awarded the Best Band Award for the second time in a row.

In 2009, Sodagreen began their Vivaldi Project, planning to record and release four concept albums based on the four seasons within two years. The band recorded Daylight of Spring in Taidung and released it in May. They then travelled to London to record Summer/Fever, releasing it in September. The band then went to the Taipei Arena for the second time, playing for two nights at the Daylight Fever Concert at the end of the year. Their plans to record albums based on the next two seasons were cut short by keyboardist A-gong's call-up to the Taiwanese army to fulfil his national service.

In 2010, Sodagreen's two albums led to their double nomination for the Best Band Award. The music video for the song Daylight won its directors the award for the best music video. That year, the band released their second live album, Once in a Lifetime, comprising live recordings from the Daylight Fever Concerts and three studio-recorded songs. The tracks Once in a Lifetime and No Sleep were listed at number 29[1] and 84 respectively on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (Hit-Fm年度百首單曲) for 2010.[2] Guitarist A-fu was called up for national service shortly after.

After A-gong's return from the army in 2011, the band released their eighth album, What is Troubling You in November, on the same day as the album releases of Mandopop heavyweights Jay Chou and Eason Chan. The song Enjoy Loneliness shot to fame online after Wu Tsing-Fong sang it on the talk show Kangxi Lai Le. The music video for the titular song What is Troubling You trended worldwide on video-sharing website Youtube for a few days after its release. Shortly before A-fu's return from the army in January 2012, the band announced that their third Taipei Arena concert, As We Walk Together would be held in March that year.

Discography

Albums

AlbumAlbum informationTrack
1stsodagreen (蘇打綠)
  • Released: September 2, 2005
  1. Too Late for Regrets (後悔莫及)
  2. Flying Fish (飛魚)
  3. Oh oh oh oh...
  4. That Moment Is Over
  5. It's My Sea (是我的海)
  6. Floating (漂浮)
  7. Frequency (頻率)
  8. You (你喔)
  9. Twin Genes In A Landing Practice (降落練習存在攣生基因)
  10. Theory of Relativity IV (相對論IV)
  11. Peeping (窺) (Bonus track)
2ndLittle Universe (小宇宙)
  • Released: October 20, 2006
  1. You Are, You Will
  2. Little Universe (小宇宙)
  3. Little Love Song (小情歌)
  4. Signs & Symbols (符號)
  5. Temporarily Out of Control (暫時失控)
  6. City Caught in Rain (被雨困住的城市)
  7. Already (已經)
  8. Noisy (吵)
  9. Behind (Without) You (背著你)
  10. Falling (墜落)
  11. Wordless Hymn (無言歌)
3rdIncomparable Beauty (無與倫比的美麗)
  • Released: November 2, 2007
  1. Amusement (遊樂)
  2. Floral Tea (花茶)
  3. Seasonal Rhapsody (四季狂想)
  4. Left Side (左邊)
  5. Incomparable Beauty (無與倫比的美麗)
  6. Daylight Moonshine (白日出沒的月球)
  7. This Day (這天)
  8. Simple Life (簡單生活)
  9. City (城市)
  10. Believe (相信)
4thSing with Me (陪我歌唱)
  • Released: May 2, 2008

CD1 Live

  1. Little Universe (小宇宙)
  2. Temporarily Out of Control (暫時失控)
  3. Theory of Relativity IV (相對論IV)
  4. City Caught in the Rain (被雨困住的城市)
  5. Memory (記念)
  6. Floating (漂浮)
  7. Creep
  8. Spider's Sky (蜘蛛天空)
  9. It's My Sea (是我的海)
  10. Oh oh oh oh...
  11. Blue Eyes (藍眼睛)
  12. The Only Thing I Care About Is You (我只在乎你)
  13. Frequency (頻率)

CD2 Studio

  1. Murmur (呢喃)
  2. Sing with Me (陪我歌唱)
  3. Lover-Animal (愛人動物)
5thDaylight of Spring (春·日光)
  • Released: May 8, 2009
  1. Before The Snow Melts (融雪之前)
  2. The Faun Boarded the Train Of Scenic Spring, and (牧神搭上春色的火車,而)
  3. Daylight (日光)
  4. Between Us (在我們之間)
  5. Accompaniment (配樂)
  6. Stopping At Each Station: (各站停靠︰)
  7. A Thousand Fountains (一千座噴泉)
  8. Symphonic Dream (交響夢)
  9. The Rose From Another Dimension (異次元的玫瑰 )
  10. Interlude (插曲)  
  11. After the Fun (嬉戲之後)
  12. Come Home Soon (早點回家)
6thSummer/Fever (夏/狂熱)
  • Released: September 11, 2009
  1. Claps (掌聲落下)
  2. Summer Summer(他夏了夏天)
  3. [narrated verse 1] 口白 - 英文詩
  4. The Sound That Remains (蟬想)
  5. Surrounding (包圍)
  6. King's Garden (御花園)
  7. [narrated verse 2] 口白 - 英文詩
  8. Peter and the Wolf (彼得與狼)
  9. Together We Dance (共舞)
  10. No Sleep (無眠)
  11. [narrated verse 3]口白 - 英文詩 
  12. Fever (狂熱)
  13. Tempted (煽動)
  14. Near Future (近未來)
7thOnce In A Lifetime (十年一刻)
  • Released: August 27, 2010
  1. The Sound That Remains (蟬想)
  2. Flying Fish (飛魚)
  3. Daylight (日光)
  4. The Girl with Red Shoes (紅鞋女孩)
  5. A Lovely Rose (可愛的玫瑰花)
  6. Hold My Hand (牽阮的手)
  7. Chasing, Chasing, Chasing (追追追)
  8. Summer Summer(他夏了夏天)
  9. Little Love Song (小情歌)
  10. Fever (狂熱)
  11. The Playground in Rain(雨中的操場)
  12. Once In A Lifetime (十年一刻)
  13. Having Fun in Life (笑鬧人間)
  14. No Sleep - Mandarin Version (無眠 - 國語版)
8thWhat Is Troubling You (你在煩惱什麼)
  • Released: November 11, 2011
  1. This Moment Is Forever (片刻永恆)
  2. The Limit of Happiness (幸福額度)
  3. I Wrote Of You In My Song (你被寫在我的歌里) ft. Ella Chen (S.H.E)
  4. If Love Is Like Condensation (如果凝結就是愛)
  5. Enjoy Loneliness (喜歡寂寞)
  6. Bird's Nest (燕窩)
  7. Cocoon (繭)
  8. As We Walk Together(當我們一起走)
  9. The Romantic Clique (浪漫派)
  10. Control Freak (控制狂)
  11. What Is Troubling You(你在煩惱什麼) ft. Suming

Singles

SingleSingle informationTracklist
1stAerial visions, Sounds And Illusions (空氣中的視聽與幻覺)
  • Released: May 30, 2004
  1. Aerial Visions, Sounds And Illusions
  2. Air
2ndFlying Fish (飛魚)
  • Released: November 1, 2004
  1. Flying Fish (String Quartet)
  2. Flying Fish
  3. Flying Fish (Remix)
  4. Flying Fish (Quartet version)
3rdBelieve in music (Live at the stage)
  • Released: November 17, 2004
  1. Computer Data, Not Playable
  2. Believe in music MV
  3. Air MV
  4. Believe in music
  5. Spider's Sky (蜘蛛天空)
  6. I don't care
4thThousand Years Late (遲到千年)
  • Released: September 18, 2006
  1. Thousand Years Late (Demo)
  2. Falling (墜落) (Demo)
  3. Thousand Years Late
5thMy Future Is Not A Dream (我的未來不是夢) - sodagreen X apay
  • Released: December 15, 2006
  • Limited copies
  1. My Future Is Not A Dream - sodagreen X apay
  2. My Future Is Not A Dream - sodagreen
  3. My Future Is Not A Dream - apay

References

  1. ^ (Chinese) HITO Radio Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart- 2010 (#1 to 50) Retrieved 2011-05-10
  2. ^ (Chinese) HITO Radio Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart- 2010 (#51 to 100) Retrieved 2011-01-22

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