The Face Me On Stage series, which have ignited Temple into beautiful glorious chaos over the past six months, got an upgrade last week, taking over the commodious digs at Yue Space. The contenders – the unhinged freewheeling punk stalwarts of Shanghai, Dirty Fingers, and the Beijing ska punk supergroup, Underdog, who emerged in the past year as one of Beijing’s best new acts. And the gamble paid off, as eager audiences surrounded the band pit like a musical Thunderdome of sorts. In actuality there was no malice between the two bands, and the styles couldn’t be any more different – as the frenzy of Dirty Finger’s frantic razor-edged singles was brought back down by Underdog’s lyrically smooth and tender horn-infused ska anthems – a clashing of styles and energies that in some ways emphasized the strengths of each band. A sugar rush of an evening that ended way too soon (after of course, the inevitable yet short-lived jam session between the two bands). But damn – what a rush. Hat tip to Fiona for the additional pictures as my camera finally crapped out and called it a day.
Backspace – Lost Him 被丢失的他 (Beijing/Maybe Mars) Hotkey Killer 热键被杀手 – 游戏结束 ( Xiamen/Self-Released) Underdog 败犬 – 最后的自由 (Beijing/Self-Released) YunJing 云镜 – 逃 (Xiamen/Self-Released) The Fim 悬在雾中 – Sweety Star (Dalian/Self-Released) Rough Image 粗糙影像 – Camera 寻找 (Changchun/Self-Released)
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