Had the pleasure of attending the Pelican Music Academy last week. Initiated by Merrie Music in collaboration with Indie Works and NetEase Cloud Music over last week – it was at its core a opportunity to introduce audiecnes to new generation of musicians. I swung by Wednesday to Yue Space to “nihao nihao” some of the young bands causing waves outside of Beijing, including runaway successes Zoogazer 动物园钉子户 out of Zhuhai, reverb-heavy noise-rockers ReJianBeiShaShou 热键被杀手 (“Hotkey Killer”) out of Xiamen, and indie pop-rock outfit Hoo! out of Guangzhou. Really dug the hell out of ReJianBeiShaShou, who have matured quite a bit since I last saw them in Xiamen a year and a half ago – noise rock with a emo heart that’s not afraid to break a few eardrums. While I wasn’t as impressd by HOO! as I was the first time I caught them earlier this summer, there’s a confidence to the group that’s undeniable, and there truly have one of the strongest rock and roll frontwoman out there. Last but not least, I was happy to finally see Zoogazer in the flesh, and while they toe the line between pop and indie, they sure know how to craft a hell of a melody. It’s city-pop that’s brimming with danger, indie pop with some ridiculous chops to back it up. All in all, a fine way to close out my year of live gigging in 2019.
Well that’s about one of the strangest exhibitions I’ve stumbled into. Who would’ve guessed that the 2014 musical dramedy Frank, about an esoteric musical genius would become such an inspiration for artists here (besides the […]
Looking to stretch my boundaries a bit this new year, I set out last week to catch the Shanghai based Inner Mongolian artist Hai Qing, whose sprawling, avant-garde soaked Mongolian prog rock made his debut album entitled […]
To say I knew little of the offbeat Yorkshire troubadour David Thomas Broughton is an understatement. But goodness gracious – am I glad I took my friend’s advice and snuck in this gig before jumping on a […]