Fang Chia
REVIEWS

All albums available through our Bandcamp page

 

Where would you that we gather?Where would you that we gather? (2014)

Studio – Fang Chia/Rat Farm Studios

The expanded instrumentation and the way keyboards fit into the arrangements lend a slight Canterbury flavor to the music, welcome in this world of metal-inflected progressive rock. This is a band that doesn’t rely on flashy solos to carry the music, but concentrates on imaginative arrangements and varying tone colors. You’ll get hints of Afrobeat, reggae, and more in the mix, though all still Fang Chia, and such atypical influences are a welcome addition to a prog record.

– Jon Davis, expose.org

Everybody for SomethingEverybody for Something (2012)

Studio – Fang Chia/Discipline House/L1 Studios

Any band that would name a tune “Arvo Particle” has my attention. Fang Chia’s piece by that title doesn’t really seem to have any connection to Arvo Pärt (or maybe I’m missing something), but I don’t consider that a negative. Title aside, it’s an engaging chunk of adventurous rock…a very live and spontaneous feeling, not the kind of note-perfect overdubbed sound that is more common in progressive rock. These musicians are not interested in playing things exactly the same every time, but in treating the compositions as frameworks to be reinterpreted at each performance. In this respect, their attitude is perhaps more akin to jazz, though their music couldn’t really be called jazz. Everybody for Something in some ways resembles a demo, a test run for future works, but it stands on its own as a valid statement, and a promise of better things to come.

– Jon Davis, expose.org