WELCOME TO THE STAGE... ORANGE DOLLS
---By Don Quan Translated
by Annie Liu
One of the more pleasing bands on the
scene is Kaohsiung's Orange Dolls. Their music could
be described as indie-guitar pop, with a sometimes wistful
but always melodic sound.
Lead singer/band founder Wama writes the songs and plays
rhythm guitar. The other members include Yuco on bass,
Leo on lead guitar and Su on drums. The group has performed
at some major events--last year's "Say Yes To Taiwan
(2/28)" Festival, and more recently the Megaport
Festival. No CDs are currently available, but they plan
to enter the studio early in 2007.
The band makes music along the lines
of Lush or The Ocean Blue, even though a list of their
influences wouldn't suggest this. Leo and Su both dig
punk rock (and also perform in local punk band Naff
Off), citing such favorites as Underworld and Pennywise.
Taiwanese indie-hero Cheer Chen is an artist the other
band members share an affinity for, but Wama also likes
indie-rock such as Pavement, while Yuco prefers Asian
bands such as My Little Airport.
When pressed to describe her band's
music, Wama is reticent about responding. "I don't
really know how to describe it!" Perhaps it is
an unfair question for someone who is modest about her
craft. For the uninitiated, their sound is built around
echoing, jangling guitars, mid-tempo rhythms, subdued
bass, and augmented by a sweet voice singing melancholy
but beautiful melodies.
All members agree that the independent
music situation in the south is not as robust as in
Taipei. However, this band's existence certainly adds
to the eclectic and growing scene down here, and contributes.
Orange Dolls have a sound unlike any other local band,
so if you're a fan of melodic, soothing pop rock, seek