LIVE REPORTWHITE STAGE7/30 SAT
The Band With a Flaming Passion
Taiwanese punk rock band Fire EX. was fired up to be performing today! With songs using a mix of Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese Hokkien, English and Japanese, there was something for everyone to enjoy at this band’s performance.
Fire EX. first formed in the year 2000 including members Yang Ta-Cheng (Sam) on vocals, Chung-U-Chen (ORio) on guitar, Chen Jing-Yuan (JC) on bass and Ke Guang (KG) on drums. Today, lead singer Sam said “We spend 22 years to get here. I wanna cry.” The crowd was moved by his graciousness and appreciation.
Last time Fire EX. was slated to perform, Covid had unfortunately canceled all of their shows for that year. Their fifth album had just been released and they were very excited to perform the songs they worked so hard on, but sadly the universe had other plans. Now after two years, they can finally perform their pieces from UNSUNG HEROES and all of their new releases since then. In particular, they said their song The Light was special to them and they were excited to get the chance to perform it.
Their phenomenal stage presence brings a smile to your face. The band’s constant dancing and interaction makes them incredibly entertaining to watch. They clearly take their performance into account because one song in their set required all of the singers to stay put and harmonize while playing, so they could not move around and interact with the audience as much. Then for their next song, they brought out a fifth guest guitarist to play Sam’s part so he could move around while singing. Although ORio and JC had to stay by their mic stands, you can tell they added the fifth member to keep the energy high and the audience engaged.
They made up for lost time not performing by making this set as special as possible. The guest singers, musicians and humble enthusiasm made for a great show!
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