Canadian Matt Presston came to Taiwan to work with CONSIDER THE MEEK on drums and ended up debuting his solo project SELLING US EVERYTHING on a Leek Records comp. He was later joined by Ryan, Jeff "Damage" of the infamous DEPORTED and Camilo from the Colombian punk outfit JOHNNIE ALLSTARS. Their music is a healthy rebellion against the saccharine pop drone of Taiwan's corporate driven media.
Matthew - Guitars & Vocals
Camilo - Bass
Jeff Damage - Guitar
Ryan - Drums
SELLING US EVERYTHING
CD Album - TW037
Expat punks in Taiwan find themselves amidst the massive inescapable media culture that permeates everywhere you turn which is no doubt why cynicism pervades just about every song on this nice little melodic punk album. Opening with "Wearing Thin Products," the group establishes their anti-consumerism stance with lyrics about how "pop culture is clothed in brand ware thieves" and their "logos forged of greed." Continuing the theme of media manipulation is "Thinspiriation," which sketches out how force-fed images of beauty perpetuate eating disorders. With their lengthy titles, many of the following songs could be bar jokes as in "How many slaps in the face does it take to wake up a fool?" or instructional materials for the fashionable with "How to make friends and be happy about everything." "Fighting for the Best Seat in a Car Speeding at a Large Brick Wall" fatally indicates in the title what happens when apathetic people chase blindly after trends. While I sense that much of the lyrical content was influenced by living in hyper-corporate Taiwan, the songs have universal appeal touching on problems that can be found globally.
Through pop punk and melodic breakdowns, Selling Us Everything attacks media tactics and trend followers while exposing the damage such marketing is doing to society.