Stage Conspiracy

Posted by Pete DeMola on 5. Jun 2009

Have you been blessed by the Pet yet? If not, tonight may be the night to let them track their paw prints across the dance floor and into your sonic consciousness.

The all-star combination of Helen Feng's soaring pipes, LIman's and Edo's throbbing beats and co-vocalist Yunyun's frenetic stage presence alongside heaping sides of camp -- which includes instrument switching, stage diving, piggyback riding and impromptu renditions of folk songs -- make this unsigned act, which is rounded out by guitarist and programmer Huzi, of one Beijing's most talked-about bands.

The infectious local quintet will bring their blend of dark pop sensibilities and a chaotic DIY punk aesthetic to Yugong Yishan tonight (9pm, 50 RMB), for what's promised to be an unprecedented electro-fueled multimedia extravaganza of epic proportions.

Okay, maybe we're exaggerating slightly (we can never be too sure with these guys), but expect this show, their last before buzzing up to perform at Shenyang's German Week, to be a blowout.

Feng told us that this evening's event is slated to be the biggest production that the city has seen in a long time.

"We're going to raise the bar on live productions here in Beijing," she said, explaining that the band is bringing in external sound technicians, additional sonic equipment and outside DJs to accessorize the Gulou venue's already top-notch setup.

In addition to taking unprecedented steps in going through precise technical run-throughs both last night (Thursday) and for an astounding 12-hour practice run throughout the day today to ensure perfection, they're also importing five workers to completely modify the stage setup.

Although the giant LED screen that acted as the backdrop for last month's show at the same venue won't be making a repeat appearance, rest assured: "We're gonna have some crazy shit," said Feng. "It's very complex, and we have plenty of secrets that we won't give away."

If that's not enough to make your heart flutter, they'll also be handing out video copies of their most recent live performance. Spaced-out quartet Supermarket, often given the label of "China's first true electronic band," will support.

Photo courtesy of Helen Feng

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