Fighting The Good Fight

Friday 17th February 2006

Tony Cummings reports on the world's top Chinese Christian punk rock band. That, of course, is TITUS.

Fighting The Good Fight

A Chinese Christian punk rock band from Newcastle-upon-Tyne is, of course, so unlikely it has to be true. Now, with their top rate album 'Point Of No Return', Titus are pulling in an ever growing fan base with songs like "Fight Another Day" and "What's Going On?" grabbing airplay wherever cutting edge rock is played. "What's Going On?" carries a hard hitting message. Singer, bassist Pak Chum, who together with Matthew Ng (guitar) and Paul Fung (drums) make up Titus, spoke about the message of "What's Going On?" "Basically it talks about all the things that are happening in the world; all the bad things. The chorus tells us that we should shine like the Son, just be like Jesus, be a beacon."

On Cross Rhythms radio Greg Sammons asked Pak about the origins of Titus. "We used to be a bigger band, I suppose like a worship band, where there used to be acoustic guitars and keyboards, but that's long gone. One of the main guys, he was called Johnny, he used to play the rhythm guitar but he also had to study, so he left us and we kind of evolved into what we are now."

Everyone knows Titus are of Chinese descent. But China isn't where they were born. "Our guitarist Matthew was born in the UK, North Shields, so he's pretty much a Geordie boy! I was actually born in Amsterdam and Paul was born in Hong Kong, so he's the true Chinese!"

He continues, "We came out of the same Chinese church. Our parents went to that church and Paul, Matthew and I all attended the same church, that's how we knew each other. We are more westernised now. We tend to go to English churches now because our Chinese is quite diminished."

Fighting The Good Fight

Titus recorded two independent EPs, 'The Ground Had Shook' in 2002 and 'I Could Run A Thousand Miles' in 2003. But it was the deal with ICC's Elevation label that took the band to the next level. Remembers Pak, "We had these little promo packs where we had our records on them, like three tracks, which was I think 'I Could Run A Thousand Miles', 'Lost In You' and stuff like that and we had pictures, images of ourselves and we actually sent these down to record companies and I think ICC were the ones actually that took a big interest in us and thought they would do something with us."

The 'Point Of No Return' album, produced by Pete Lozinski, is a spectacular audio feast with its layered guitars and heightened sense of dynamics. Says Pak, "Our album now is a lot heavier, a lot more rock orientated, punk rock. Our earlier stuff was quite punkish. Some people want us to tone down, especially the older people! I think it's great what we do now because although we aren't totally in the mainstream we can slip and slide into the Christian and secular scene, which is a good thing. We've got a job just to do our Christian side but we've also got a job to do the mainstream side. Our music has to reach people who are not Christians because the message has to be out there, not just to the people who know it already but to the people who haven't heard yet. That is why we feel quite strongly that we should do all these pubs, gigs and all those other secular gigs. I would like to see us play a lot more pub gigs and more secular scenes so we think at this moment in time this is the way we are heading, although we will still be doing a lot of Christian gigs because we are committed to doing those things as well."

However much mainstream opportunities open up for Titus one thing is certain, the group remain determined to fight the good fight and keep battling on. Such a theme is reflected in the band's song "Fight Another Day". Comments Pak, "The song talks about life being a Christian. It isn't easy and everyday is like a fight. But at the end of the day it's totally worth it and you see the rewards."

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Reader Comments

Posted by anna in Newcastle Upon Tyne @ 13:05 on Dec 25 2007

OMG! you guys rock so much!!i got your three album and i just bought it.ooh,what your full name?i mean all!

Posted by Bethany in Lowton @ 12:38 on Sep 20 2007

I think that Beautiful 1 is good, but it is so loud and screamy I can't hear what they are singing.

Good good, keep going

Posted by Carmel in Houston, TX @ 22:21 on Feb 4 2007

Just saw the Titus today on GODTV...AWESOME!!! Love their sound!!!! I will be getting their CD and many more to come hopefully!! You guys rock and you're going to make it BIG!!! God Bless.

Posted by Nic in Brenntwood @ 20:48 on Nov 26 2006

I saw Titus last nite.
I was rite next 2 da speaker n my ears blocked. LOL
i also got der autograph n a pic wiv em.

Posted by margret in yorkshire @ 17:33 on Nov 20 2006

i fink u were ok and funny but i fink ur guitar player shud keep his mouth shut! i saw u in huddersfield!

Posted by lindsay in west yourkshire @ 14:03 on Nov 15 2006

this is kool!

Posted by mark h in newton aycliffe @ 23:32 on Aug 28 2006

i saw the guys at Rocknations 06 and they rocked the place i'm not really a punk fan but these guys are somthing special

Reply by Beth in Warrington @ 10:25 on Sep 11 2007

Were at RN:07? Wasnt it great?

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Posted by sam in coventry @ 12:42 on Jun 6 2006

i saw titus play last week in newark and they were amazing and know they will advance into the crhristian charts soon hopfully. god bless sam

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