Fri, Sep 13, 2013 - Page 11 News List

Live Wire: Locked on target

By Joe Henley  /  Contributing reporter

“Every show, whether it’s a hundred people or a thousand, we always get the people involved in what we’re doing,” says Pereira. “Even if they don’t know what the hell we’re talking about, we’ll get them to sing an ‘ooh’ or an ‘ah.’ Something universal that we can all reach and connect. We bring it. I don’t play around.”

Dread Rider plays tomorrow night at Sappho Live, B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段102巷一號B1). The show starts at 9:30pm, and the cover charge is NT$200.

■ Also appearing tomorrow night in Taipei is Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds. Though the man from Mosfellsbaer comes from a metal and hardcore background, his current sound couldn’t be further from where he started his musical journey. How he went from the immediate bursts of unchecked anger of his previous bands to his current form of expression — soft, free-flowing instrumental pieces with sparing vocals, ethereal electronics, minimalist strings and melancholic piano — was a bit of an accident. German metalcore act Heaven Shall Burn originally approached the 26-year-old in 2004 to compose intro and outro pieces for their upcoming album, Antigone. Months later, a record label asked Arnalds if he would be interested in composing an entire album of songs similar to the pieces he had just made for Heaven Shall Burn.

“I didn’t really know what I was doing,” Arnalds explains, “but I think that’s a good thing. If I had been more aware of my abilities, and lack thereof, I may have been more reserved. But especially coming from the background which I did, where it doesn’t matter what you can do, but only what you do, it was easy for me to jump on this opportunity.”

Tomorrow, fans in Taipei will have a chance to get swept into the soundscapes of Arnalds’ latest album, For Now I Am Winter. Expect an evening of equal parts introspection and muted wonder.

Olafur Arnalds plays tomorrow night 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). Tickets are NT$1,200 in advance, NT$1,500 at the door. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm.

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