DA WANG GANG
“Fish respect the sea
They even shit in it
Flowers rever the sun
They even dare to look it in the eye”
Da Wang Gang is a story-telling band.
The stories are about god and poem, fable and zen, which comes from the grassland and nomad of North, the elysian fields of South, and the selections of the old opera.
Da Wang Gang was founded in 2009. The brain of the band, Song Yuzhe, who is also the key figure of his last band, Ban Tui Gua. In 2010, the band made their first album, “selections of Huang Qiang Zou Ban”, within 8 songs selected from their 3 planning albums, in spite of the limited condition. In which, we can hear Song’s achievement by collecting folk songs during his trip in the past years. The lyrics and the arrangement are both full of talent and inwardness.
“One hive of bees, one way
From the bear’s head to the bear’s toes
The pangolin, one way,
All the mountains have the same height”
“Don’t mention the alcohol or its flask
Today a splitting headache
Don’t mention the tender lover
Our roads just split this morning
Don’t mention the steep mountain road
The old horse cannot turn back
Don’t mention the bell’s ding dang
Meeting two wizards”
You will see monks, wizards. You will see the nature and universe emerging out of the songs, but you can’t describe clealy.
The band use every kind of folk instruments and voice effects which fits the songs extremely. As Song had been responsible for voice, dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, koto and percussion. They build up a complicated but ordered atmosphere by the irregular rhythms, just like telling little stories in a strong mood. You can’t say which one is more special between the lyrics and the arrangement. Everything in the music is so special and metaphorical, interacting.
The live show of Da Wang Gang is absolutely one of best in China, which is like a breathless opera. The paragraphs are full of ups and downs. Their playing are always easy to surround the audience in an intangible room. In the series show of “Come with Picture, Go with sound”, 2009, the band lively accompanied the documentary films taken by Song during his years of trip in Tibet and Xinjiang, building the staggered sense among different nations. They tried to re-adjust the relations between them/we, host/guest, majority/minority, tradition/modern, power/freedom by showing different genres, different backgrounds of the musian and different cultures.
There may be nothing better than Da Wang Gang’s lyrics to describe such guys
Scriptures from India
A concentrated monk
Not easy to find, not easy to find”