In Pics: LBM End of Year Hoedown (Hot Cat Club 30.12.2016)
Hot Cat Club welcomed LiveBeijingMusic into it’s charmingly dingy home at the end of 2016 – a very fitting farewell to the past year as well as a kind exuberant preamble to the exciting times that await our site in 2017. This sentiment was perfectly capsulized in the remarkable, vibrant array of sounds and bands that took the stage this evening. First off, much much credit to the visiting bands – the skittish manic most definitely out there post punk pulse of Panic Worm – wet behind the ears perhaps but a band’s whose looseness and kookiness was both endearing and refreshing. However, the highlight of the night (and already a contender for one of the best performances of 2017) was Yunnan based noise artist Usisi who literally had people running for the door. Pure guitar chaos – this was noise at its finest – a bombardment on the senses that left jaws dropped, people clunking their ears in pain (Hot Cat’s amps got a massive workout), and at one point when he screamed Bloody Mary into the mic, had audience members scared out of their wits and bolting for the nearest exit. The type of music (if you can call it that) that forces a reaction out of you – and the type of performance piece that keeps you glued to the stage (if you wanna relive that experience here you go). However, it was a beautiful lineup through and through – from the dense layered psychedelic jam from The Dice! – a band that actually fully warrants the ‘psychedelic’ label and one that I could listen to in a haze for hours on end (they, to the dismay of the other bands, did indeed play close to a hour). The Sino Hearts – a boisterous happy-go-lucky knock out of pure power pop bliss – catchy as all hell, and the swagger to back it up (and a bass player who’s complete inebriation was a wonder to behold). And finally, Backspace, their second outing on a LBM lineup this month – and they’ve earned it. As I mentioned last time, these cats are gonna be in high demand in 2017. All in all – a glorious way to close out the year for us here at Live Beijing Music. Kudos to all the fans and bands that made it happen!
MV Weekly: Multi-Ego, Noise Arcade, Zhaoze
Nanjing Massacre emo rock anthems!? Beijing hutong psychedelia?! And post rock waves out of Guangzhou?! It’s time to check out the latest music videos to plague our youku channels including fresh cuts from Multi-Ego, Noise Arcade, and Zhaoze. Get after it…
Gig Recap: LBM XMAS Bash (23.12.2016)
Your editor here received the Christmas gift of having his parent’s in town for the holidays so when I immediately heard that I set out to set up a show at none other than where I had my wedding – DDC! Nostalgia aside, DDC is the perfect locale for parents, particularly one who’s about to hit eighty come next week. So after some Yunnanese spiciness, the rentals set forth and took in the eclectic group of sounds. First up – Backspace. I can tell these are gonna be a new favorite of mine. Modest in their approach, but with a hefty amount of danger and menace just below the surface. Rockabilly riffs, post punk grooves, and plenty of melodic albeit noisy indie rock jams – really enjoying what they’re bringing to the table. Papa Griff’s take: they look young. Next up – SNSOS. What can I say – these guys have dug deep in the past six months and have completely surpassed anyone’s expectations.
Simply put, there aren’t enough bands like this in town. Papa Griff’s take: so every band member is doing their own thing? Smack in the middle was perhaps my favorite duo of the year – december3am – who once again was able to silence the crowd with their beautifully rendered use of sound – you can just about feel each sound’s impact. Papa Griff’s take: approves. Now it was time to get rowdy – OOC – fronted by Cheng Chen – whose voice is pure adulterated rock and roll – they brought the hard rock kids out of the woodwork and it was a blast watching these beasts work the crowd. Papa’s Girff take: catching shut eye like a champ. And last but not least, The Glamour Manifesto – which consists of my ol roomie and an Italian mod squad bringing some industrial-style, head banging, electro rock to the surly remaining audiences. Papa Griff’s take: passed out cold in my bed back at home. He hung in there like a trooper though. Nothing but love to all the folks who came out and the bands who threw on a spectacular show. Hell of a way to kick off the holiday season.
Weekend Update 13/01-15/01
Another week put to rest. Another weekend of no rest. Cause when there’s this much musical mayhem corrupting the streets and venues of Beijing you know you’re in good hands. So indulge in those dark desires, tell you mom you’re sorry, and don’t wait up for anyone – here’s your weekend update.
LBM Mixtape No. 116
Wang Shengnan – Go Take A Hike (performs 1/15 Mogu Space)
Lake 湖泊乐队 – 严寒 (performs 1/14 Mars Livehouse)
Mr. Miss – 晚期拖延症患者 (performs 1/13 Yue Space)
Yixia – NONE (performs 1/14 Mars Livehouse)
Laisee – DOG (performs 1/13 School)
Ember Swift – Balloon (performs 1/14 DDC)
Dr. Liu & The Human Centipede – 1984 (performs 1/14 School)