Artists / Bands, Indie / Alternative, Interviews, Releases — October 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Interview: 橙草 Orange Grass (TW)


Famed writer Alice Walker once said; “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, but they are still beautiful.” And, who can argue with that? Nature is all encompassing, and does not adhere to the rules of colour, mood and structure – much like the raw sounds of Taipei three-piece Orange Grass, whose sounds not only reflect the unpredictability of organic structures and weather patterns, but whose name also reflects the weirdness of nature in all its glory. Since 2004 the three-piece, comprised of Klark (Lead guitar, lead vocals), Blue (Bass and backup vocals) and Larsq (Drums) has challenged all pre-conceived notions of the Taiwanese indie scene, breaking away from the famed College rock circuit and pursuing the path less travelled – producing punchy, effects-driven rock that rest on organic, circular rhythms and lush, natural vocals. Klark shares his thoughts on the origin of their sound, the future of Orange Grass, and of the band’s involvement with the UpToTheSky by Figure8 Agency.


How did the band come together?
Before we formed Orange Grass, Larsq and I were in a band that has already dissolved, called Nomad. The stuff we played was totally different from Orange Grass’ music; Nomad involved mixing heavy metal and traditional Taiwanese music together. After that band, I started to write my own songs, and brought Larsq back because I thought he could create the atmosphere that I wanted for Orange Grass. Blue is the newest member – we found her last year.

How did your sound evolve from low-fi, shoegaze music to the sound you have now? What was the process there?
I’m not sure how it evolved from its original stages, but imagine a rainy city crowded with people and their complicated relationships. Our music kind of sounds like that naturally – that’s how it’s been, and that’s how it’s stayed.

You wrote some music for the soundtrack of Enno Cheng’s ‘A Summer’s Tail.’ How different is this from writing fan-based rock or pop music?
‘And Go’ is a track used in the film, and that was from our first album. These days, we are working with more experimental groove and noisy sound.

What has been your favourite live performance?
This one time at ‘Cumulonimbus,’ where we were playing a show it began to rain heavily.  It must have been very interesting to watch; the three of us all got wet and people could see the water splashing back when the drummer hit the snare and cymbals. Although the rain almost screwed up our equipment, everything looked so right with the song! I’m not sure if it’s my favourite one, but absolutely the most unforgettable performance I’ve had.

What do you think that Orange Grass can bring to UpToTheSky Festival, that other bands cannot?
Although we are just a three-piece band, I think that Orange Grass can depict to people the scene and emotion from where we are living (Taipei City). Oh, and it rains all the time when we perform, even our last gig in Toronto! I’m not sure will this happen in UpToTheSky festival – let’s hope not!

Where do you see yourselves in five years?
I don’t know, but we will keep doing music that we like, and touring wherever we need to go!

Orange Grass: website + Facebook + MySpace
UpToTheSky Festival: website
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By Stephanie Winkler