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嘎调, 可口的中药 The Gar, Chinese Medicine Tasting Good

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每次我遇见有趣的人,都能感受到些许塔斯马尼亚魔鬼的味道,它是我生活的助力,至少接下来的两个月内如此。

与“嘎调”的会面便是其中那些日子。那是他们最近一次到上海,也就是去年他们发行最新EP的时候。

我们先在他们下榻的酒店附近吃了面。

这是我第一次见到詹盼和王旭,永远也忘不了他们可爱的监护人 Lolly。

但……且慢,博譞在哪儿?当我得知贝斯手博譞住院时十分震惊。真不走运,给照片拍摄又多带来一个麻烦。

我最初挑选的拍摄地点被警察禁闭,所以我决定把他们带到我的工作室进行拍摄。

我们根本没有谈起音乐,相反,我们很自然地让氛围变得更好。在拍摄部分照片后,我们一同去到医院探望博譞。

医院多数是年长者,输着浓度越来越高的葡萄糖。在他们中间,一位年轻人赫然醒目。我看得出来,被自己的伙伴围绕,就像进行中医治疗,恢复速度缓慢,但每一分钟都在好转。

作为一名厚脸皮摄影师,我试图清晰地拍摄博譞窘迫的特写镜头,但被告知这不是最好的拍摄环境,因为人太多,反而不好。

我迅速果断地按了一下快门,真不害臊!

然后,我们赶去他们当天晚上在育音堂的演出。

非常特殊的队伍,只有两个人。詹盼拥有美丽的声线,王旭则击打出绝妙的鼓点。不知为何,我能感受到博譞的存在。我猜詹盼的声音一定绵延至医院。

当人们通常试图隐藏自己、放空自己的时候,嘎调尽是汗流浃背。而他们的声音彰显魅力大气,就像可口的中药。

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Every time I meet interesting folks it makes me feel possed by some Tasmanian devil and it give me life fuel for at least the next two months.

Meeting The Gar was one of those days. This was the latest time they came to Shanghai. Last year when they released their EP.
We first catch up at a noodle join near their hotel.

I first met with Zhang Pan and Wang Xu and not to forget their lovely chaperon Lolly.

But wait a minute, where is Bo Xuan? I was shocked to learn that Bo Xuan the bass player was in the hospital. Dammed, one more mafan for that photo shoot.

The initial location I chose to shoot them was shut down by the police so I decided to bring them to my studio and do the shooting there.

We didn’t talk about music at all but naturally we started to make the world a better place. Then after a couple of pics we went to the hospital to check on Bo Xuan.

The hospital was pretty packed with elders getting high on glucose solution. In the middle of them this washed out young man. I could see that having his buddies around was like Chinese medicine, recovering slowly but much better at each minute.

As a shameless photographer I attempt to take a clear shot of Bo Xuan in his distress, just to be told that it might not be the best situation to take a shot as too many people around were in a negative vibe.

I stole a quick shot, shame on me!

We then catch up later that night at YYT for their gig.

A very special formation. Only 2 of them. Zhang Pan delivered a beautiful acoustic set followed in and out by Wang Xu groovy drums. For some reason I could feel Bo Xuan there. I guess Zhang Pan’s voice sounded all the way to the hospital.

When people usually tend to hide who they are and try to look empty, The Gar is sweating all over who they are. And their sound smells that nice and generous rub like some tasty Chinese medicine.

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