There is something infectious about Monkey Pilot - a Taiwanese band whose name and philosophy are based on launching a monkey into space. The fearlessness this represents is apparent in their live shows, where they rock audiences with alt-grunge tunes.
Lead singer Tony Wang is a formidable presence, both physically and musically, driving songs with vocals that have been likened to those of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. Wang is backed up by drummer Erin Wang, and John Chen on guitar, Yao Yu on bass and Zane Yang on acoustic guitar complete the group. Their music - influenced by hard rock, alternative, funk, blues, reggae and metal—has been described as "avant-garde, bold yet sophisticated, persistent and humorous, and daring without compromise." The group contends that these contradictory elements form the perfect mojo and are what have made them so close as a band.
Monkey Pilot released their debut song My Guitar in 2009, featuring a retro style reminiscent of 1960s rock. Their easygoing lyrics depict the banality of urban life in Taiwan. They followed up with an album of the same name in 2010 that propelled them to fame. For their efforts, they picked up seven Golden Indie Award nominations, including those for "Best Band" and "Best Rock 'n' Roll Album" that year. They were later nominated for "Best Band" at the 2011 Golden Melody Awards - the Mandarin music scene's equivalent of the Grammys.