This is a guest contribution from Australian music writer Bob Blunt. Bob has been based in Beijing for more than 2 years. Prior to that he published Blunt: A Biased History of Australian Rock.
P.K.14 live in Texas (image courtesy Charles Saliba/Maybe Mars)
If 2010 on a local front seemed a quiet year for the P.K.14 camp with just 3-4 shows, then there sure was some momentum built abroad. The band very much became internationalists last year with welcomed invitations to two internationally renowned music festivals: South by Southwest in March in Texas USA, and the Melbourne Festival in Australia in October. As we all know, part of supposedly cutting your teeth on the global stage requires being hauled into a festival or two, alongside bands from all over the world, and if that means getting a chance to heat the boards for Low from the States, or The Drones from Australia, it’s an invitation to not shrug your shoulders at. I reflected about that and other stuff with the band’s front person Yang Haisong over a coffee recently.