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Live Wire: Japandroids: more human than Japanese

By Alita rickards  /  Contributing Reporter

“A standard five person band with a bass, drums, two guitars, a vocalist, maybe keyboards — when you don’t have that, we compensate by making ours busier. Dave plays enough drum beats for five songs in one song. I’m trying to play two different guitar parts on one guitar. Our sound guy Lewis [Lovely] mixes it all. What I’m attempting is to play all three frequencies: the lows of the bass, the chords of a rhythm guitar, and the highs of a lead guitar all on one guitar (laughs).”

Because they are a duo with a minimal crew, it’s easier to move around the world. “We love the traveling, meeting new people. When you come home you need to rest but you’re just waiting to go again,” King said.

■ Japandroids, 8pm Thursday Jan. 24 at The Wall (這牆), B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). Admission is NT$1,200 at the door and NT$1,000 in advance.

On the road this weekend is electro-house-soul group Kid Millionaire, heading down to Kaohsiung to play with electro-rockers Squids for the latter’s last show before drummer Angus Cruikshank departs for travels of his own. The two live electro acts lit up Underworld last weekend as partygoers jostled for space on the dance floor.

■ 11pm Saturday at Rocks, B1, 219 Juguang St, Kaohsiung (高雄市莒光街段219號B1). Admission is NT$300 with one drink, NT$200 with student ID.

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