The American, Chinese and Scottish rock four piece known as Incisors (狗牙) have been playing Beijing for over a year now. They teeter on the thin line between 90’s hard alternative and melodic metal with lyrics in Mandarin. They’ve been know to perform with stage attire ranging from baseball caps and sideburns to vibrant orange nails with fake fur coat/vest combinations. All the while singing songs about strange dogs, third eyes and vipers. Catch them this Thursday at What Bar.
So So Modern (New Zealand) and Xiao Zhong of Pairs (Shanghai) talk about touring, making music and living in China.
Video and music collective based in Shanghai.
Xiao Di Fang (小地方)
Shanghai based electronic artist Reykajavictim’s newest release.
“Wild Goose” - Sparrow
The latest release by Beijing based electronic artist Noise Arcade. Each track titled after stops from Beijing to Shanghai via the fast train.
Chui Wan(吹万), a band from Beijing, China who defined their genre as “New Psychedelic”. The name Chui Wan吹万 comes from a quote of this Chinese Philosopher Chuang Tzu, who lived around the 4th century BCE during the Warring States Period and is known for Taoism.
I remember learning one of his quote from 莊周夢蝶The butterfly dream in high school：
“Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things. (2, tr. Burton Watson 1968:49)”
And 吹万ChuiWan comes from the quote “夫天籟者，吹萬不同，而使其自己也，咸其自取“，which simply means “blowing in the wind” in my opinion. The use of filling, squealing syncopated guitar plus Eastern reverb flow together into this wet Chinese psychedelia. Admitted that the whole album, especially Another kind of love totally reminds me of bands like Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils etc, but where else can you find this cheesy but sultry ancient vibe coming all the way from 2,000 year ago.
And for the Taoism part, don’t take it too serious.
- Written by Jade