Chinese indie-rock bands Escape Plan to Norway

Chinese indie-rock bands Escape Plan to Norway
From left: Bassist Gang Ang, guitarist Ma Xiaodong, lead vocalist Mao Chuan and drummer Li Hongtao, members of Chinese indie-rock band Escape Plan, on a recent tour to Norway.

From the title of an early hit to their recent encounter with the aurora borealis, the rockers of Escape Plan find the sky is the limit, Chen Nan reports.

It has been more than 10 years since the Chinese indie-rock band Escape Plan broke onto the scene. But it took years to get their first taste of mainstream fame, which came only after one of its songs, The Brightest Star in the Night Sky, was performed on popular reality TV shows.

That happened in the second season of Zhejiang Satellite TV's The Voice of China in July 2013 and on Hunan Satellite TV's I Am a Singer in February 2014.

The sudden limelight brought lots of opportunities for the band to perform around the country, including the Midi Music Festival in May 2014.

Later in the year, the four members of Escape Plan headed for Norway, crossing the Arctic Circle and viewing the awe-inspiring aurora borealis, or northern lights.

"It was the first time for us to travel together just as tourists, to feel the place and sceneries, which was very exciting," says the group's drummer Li Hongtao.

The band kicked off a seven-day tour in Bergen, known for its rainy weather. Besides the clean air and breathtaking natural sceneries, what impressed lead vocalist Mao Chuan was the happy faces of the local people.

"We come from a place full of pressure. People are concerned about many things, like buying houses and getting promoted. But the people of Bergen seemed to have nothing to worry about," says Mao.

From the Alesund harbour, they boarded the cruise ship Kong Harald and sailed north through the fjords of Norway.

When they arrived at the Lofoten Islands, north of the Arctic Circle, they gave a live concert aboard a ship, performing their hits, including The Brightest Star in the Sky, from their 2012 debut album, World.

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