11: My Little Airport
Sometimes it seems the duo My Little Airport are impossibly cute. Their music is twee, their aesthetic coy, and their songwriter, P, is a known ‘shy boy’. Casio keyboards and lightweight call-and-response ditties about ‘toodling’ in the zoo and forbidden romances are their calling cards, and their live shows are happy, clappy affairs. In spite of all this, they have a wicked streak that is as funny as it is naughty, with songs about porn (I Don’t Know How to Download Good AV Like Iris Does), sex with a friend (A Certain Romance in Kowloon Tong), and God-knows-what (Leo, Are You Still Jumping Out of the Window in Expensive Clothes?).
When asked about the most important source of inspiration for his highly amusing songs, P responds: “Girls – especially the ones who reject me – always inspire me.” He points out, however, that he now has a girlfriend, so “I will stop writing songs about sex”. Poo to that.
My Little Airport’s bilingual lyrics, often speckled with adorable Chinglish, position the band uniquely in Hong Kong, and they’re about as original as you can get. “They don’t play punk music, though they’re by far the most punk rock band in Hong Kong,” says Justin Sweeting, music promoter and project co-ordinator for Channel V’s regional independent music online network, AMP (www.amp.channelv.com). They’re also growing their international fan-base, having recently played in Singapore and Malaysia, and one of their songs, You Don’t Wanna Be My Girlfriend, has just been covered by revered veteran Scottish indie-pop band BMX Bandits. P and Nicole continue to record and perform semi-regularly in the city, without ever over-playing their welcome.
Recommended listening: We Can't Stop Smoking In The Vicious And Blue Summer (2007, Harbour Records)