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Live Wire: The time has come

By Joe Henley  /  Contributing reporter

“In 2013, we finished recording,” Tsai says. “But when we sent the tracks abroad to be mixed, we wasted a lot of time communicating and still did not reach a consensus. After that, we chose our own mix.”

Going their own way is nothing new for Anthelion, a band that has never had to get by on borrowed reason or resolve. Part of having a plan is summoning the will to allow for the requisite amount of time to pass that will let the final product come to full fruition. Anthelion has proven over the last 13 years that it is willing to go into that seeming creative stasis for years on end if need be to unleash something they can be proud of. Another part of having a plan is being willing to cast off any and all outside expectations. Anthelion has managed to do this as well, going so far as to put a black metal spin on tunes such as Abracadabra by K-pop group B.E.G. (Brown Eyed Girls). Call it a way to blow off some steam in the face of mounting years and both external and self-imposed pressure.

“It’s just a form of entertainment for me and also an idea of a little mischief,” Tsai says.

“Some of those suggestions are too over-the-top and they are usually rejected by the other band members,” he adds.

Now that the dreaded sophomore jinx has been effectively nullified, Anthelion looks to the future. Already a veteran of several tours around Asia, the band has its sights set on the major markets of Europe and North America next. What’s more, they hope to take less than the half-decade plus they have set as a precedent for the wait between Anthelion albums. The band with the plan wants to speed up the process for the sake of the fans as well as themselves, says Tsai.

“People always ask when the new album will be released. Actually, I am the one who really can’t stand waiting for it,” he said.

■ Anthelion plays tonight beginning at 8pm at The Wall, B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). Tickets are NT$600 in advance, NT$800 at the door.

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