• Split Works
    Split Works wrote:
    It's supposed to be the "rock capital" right? Let's hear what the people have to say. Who do you think the top-5 live performances for indie rock now are in Beijing. We're not talking commercial here so leave the pop-stars out of it.
  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:
    I wrote this and this last summer with my top fives, but they obviously need to be updated.

    I'd add Rustic, B-Side Lovers, the Offset: Spectacles, Soju Legion and the Unsafe to the list if I were to do another one.

    Probably others, too, but I'm drawing a blank.
  • Road
    Road wrote:
    My list:
    Andrographis http://www.myspace.cn/andrographis
    24hours http://www.myspace.cn/24hourpartypeopleband
    Nanwu http://www.myspace.cn/nanwu
    PERDEL http://www.myspace.com/perdel
    Black Cat Bone(Hei Mao Gu) http://www.myspace.cn/heimaogu
    Finger Family http://www.douban.com/artist/fingerfamily/
    omnipotent http://www.douban.com/artist/omnipotent/
    LONELY CHINA DAY http://www.myspace.com/lonelychinaday
    Prague http://www.douban.com/artist/prague/
    pentatonic http://www.myspace.com/bandpentatonic
  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:
    Yeah, 24 Hours. Amazing.

    But Lonely China Day... when's the last time they released a record: 3 years ago?
  • Simen Wangberg
    Gonna say Pacalolo, SUBS, Pet Conspiracy (yeahyeahyeah hipsterdouchebagwhiteguy yeahyeah), Brain Failure and Carsick Cars.

    Although I haven't dipped into the metal scene here yet (!) and I'm quite curious as to what's out there, seems like there's a shitload of metal bands at 13 Club every weekend. No excuse for not having seen any of them yet, will have to remedy that soon.
  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:
    Glad someone else here likes Pacalolo. Scroll through the News archive in the WeLiveInBeijing Group for a feature I did on them back in October. And there's a good chance we'll get them to play at the next WLIB party.

    Best metal bands in the scene are Suffocated (thrash), Frosty Eve (melodic death), Dark Haze (melodic death), the Reason (post-hardcore), Unregenerate Blood (metalcore), SAW (metalcore), Last Chance of Youth (metalcore) and Voodoo Kungfu (metal with spooky Mongolian overtones).

    Ordnance is solid if you're a fan of thrash, too. 13 Club owner Liu Lixin is their axeman.
  • Webslave
    Webslave wrote:
    what is your definition of "indie rock"? it seems everthing is indie these days :p

    Finger Family
    DH Hellcats
    Voodoo Kungfu
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:
    Queen Sea Big Shark
    刘冬虹 & Sand

    Miserable Faith !

  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:
    I absolutely hate the term "indie rock" because it no longer serves a purpose -- particularly here in Beijing where pretty much all bands write, produce and disseminate their music independently.

    Bring back the term "rock and roll." Sometimes it's a simple as that.

    Oh, and Webslave, I always refer to Finger Family as "cutie rock" for it's overly-sweet female vocals, pop influences, soaring lead guitars and bouncy happy-go-lucky vibe.
  • Simen Wangberg
    "Indie rock" means about as much as "grunge", "emo" and "New Wave" ever did, i.e. nothing. Although I do find some of these terms useful not because they actually describe the music being played, but are more like "tags" for a certain region or period of time. TAD and Mother Love Bone sounded pretty different, but they came from the same area around the same time, and had similar attitudes and ethos when it came to promoting their bands and shit like that.

    But it is all rock and roll, and I like it.
  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:
    I'm really surprised that you've heard of Tad. "Inhaler" has been on my playlist since 1995-or-so.
  • Split Works
    Split Works wrote:
    All great suggestions so far. (note: aforementioned Rustic will be playing tomorrow night at Yugong Yishan) It seems some of the discussion has picked apart the semantics in the title of this thread, asking you to suggest "indie rock" bands. And rightfully so. But just so you know, rock n' roll sounds good to us too. And perhaps another good thread would be discussing what "indie" really is, or means to music listeners, musicians, industry people, etc, alike. Semantics aside, we are hoping to just get some dialogue going about the underground music scene--particularly rock n' roll, thus we thought 'indie' embodied this notion. thanks for the comments, lets keep it going.
  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:
    The Beijing scene needs more
    - hardcore punk bands in the vein of Minor Threat and Bad Brains
    - people who support live music in general, not just fair-weather friends
    - critical media coverage (trashing bands, venues and promoters if necessary)
    - knowledgeable critics to issue accurate media coverage
    - scene leaders to inspire the younger generation
    - quality promotional teams bringing more talent from overseas
    - quality record labels supporting quality talent
    - people purchasing music legally
    - live music venues in the CBD area
    - DIY zines

    The Beijing scene needs less
    - yuppie foreigners (and Chinese) who only support a handful of trendy bands
    - incidences that close venues for "fire codes" and whatnot
    - D-List foreign bands dropping in for gigs
  • Simen Wangberg
    TAD is the mad notes. Haven't given them a spin in a long time though.

    "hardcore punk bands in the vein of Minor Threat and Bad Brains"

    This. I'm surprised there isn't more stuff like this, what with all the Rancid-worshipping Chinese punk bands. God there are so many and they all sound like those guys. I'd rather hear something with some teeth, '90s-era punk is too bloodless for me. I still like Hell City though.
  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:
    Hell City's new sound is a lot more metallic a la the Unsafe.

    If you want some teeth, check out Misandao, Soju Legion and Gum Bleed.
  • Simen Wangberg
    "Hell City's new sound is a lot more metallic a la the Unsafe."

    Haha really? It has been awhile since I've seen them actually, that is interesting though. I'll peep those other bands you mentioned, I've heard of Soju Legion before but never checked 'em out.
  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:
    Yeah, it's a good new direction for Hell City that distinguishes them from their counterparts.

    I'd always found them to be a bit of a wash before, and forgot what they sounded like when they were known as Gang Bang Sex Abuse.

    Soju Legion are brutal. They added a new vocalist back in December and are probably the closest thing to GBH or Discharge that we have here in the capital city.

    If you're interested, here's the review I wrote for the Gum Bleed record last fall:

    Gum Bleed, Balefire Juvenile
    We're excited about the release of local punk act Gum Bleed's long-awaited debut LP, Balefire Juvenile, which dropped earlier this fall on Proletopia Records. In addition to standard live set micro bursts of aggressive street punk ("Fuck Off the Mammonism," "Don't Forget the Class Struggle") the 11-song LP drifts admirably away from the genre's standard template of verse-chorus-verse territory, resulting in the one of the most progressive local records we've heard this year.

    Delving into Celtic punk, extreme metal and even goth, highlights include "Let Go," a collaboration with German Celtic punk act Mr. Irish Bastard; their take on the traditional American folk anthem "Red River Valley," featuring both clarinets and the mandolin, and "Utopia Song," a seven-minute experimental monster in the vein Between the Buried and Me and Venom.

    You can listen to and buy it here.
  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:
    I forgot to mention the Reason.

    Not sure if anyone here is a fan of post-hardcore and screamo, but these guys are absolutely nasty.

    I go to so many shows, it's really rare when I see a new band that absolutely hits me in the gut with such visceral intensity. Check 'em out.
  • Peter Baird
    Peter Baird wrote:
    Like others, I don't really know what qualifies as indie rock. My top 5 Beijing bands are:
    2.24 Hours (OK, techincaly they're from Xi'an, but they're based in Beijing)
    4.Guai Li

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