Maybe Mars gathered its fans over the weekend for a special Record Store Day event as the indie rock label presented three spanking new 7’’ vinyls featuring new singles from Lonely Leary, Streets Kill Strange Animals, Dear Eloise and PK14. For the occasion, they bought over a trio of post-punk bands, each hungry to lay waste to audience’s Sunday evening. I was excited to check out Xinxiang’s Muzzy Mum and they did not disappoint. They’re young (relatively), motivated, and have the chops. And I think if they shed their influences some more (just look at how the singer holds that mic) and lean into their weirder sensibilities some more, they’re gonna be a band people will talking about come next year. Lonely Leary came out firing on all cylinders – charging through a set that consisted mostly of new material. And I’ve gotta say, it’s superb stuff that derivates quite a bit from Lonely Leary’s established sound into bouncier and more psychedelic territory – can’t wait to see how those songs shape out down the line. Last but not least, Streets Kill Strange Animals made their triumphant return to Beijing. The band had moved to Nanjing some time ago and it just hasn’t been the same. But it was great to see them on stage again – brandishing their mix of timid and turbulent post-punk that’s at once endearing and volatile.
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 […]
Time to plug away – lotta new releases looking to make a splash this week and next – let’s take a look at the latest from noise rock veterans Street Kill Strange Animals, folk rock […]
Xiaoxiao, one of the music scene’s more vibrant characters – promoter, rebel, loon, patron, punk – celebrated her day of birth with hog wild night of dangerous sounds (and dangerous homemade moonshine to go with […]