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.
allenvave – 分裂1-800-phonelove (feat.L100BENNY) (Nanning/Babel Records) Zoogazer 动物园钉子户 – Lakeside 湖边 (Xuzhou/Self-Released) Baishui 白水 (feat. Yuan Tian 袁田) – The 31st Love Letter (Sichuan/BlankSounds 空白聲) Ma Bang 马帮乐队-分龙传说 (Guangzhou/Modern Sky) Lionman 狮子侠 – Lion on the Moon (Shenzhen/Self-Released) […]
Ping Pong Lab 乒乓实验室: RUBUR, Jianz, 表面情侣, Dahlia Rosea 玫瑰博士, RID 热地, ReJianBeiShaShou 热键被杀手 (Bandai Namco 未来剧场 2020.08.22) Finally made my way back to Bandai Namco last weekend – this time on the basement floor […]
A sign that you’re connecting with your audience – when the huge gap between them and the stage, which particularly at a Yue Space is frequently (and awkwardly) dormant, is suddenly engulfed by wide-eyes patrons […]