Another little cockle warmer in advance of 2011. This time, Beijing based post punk band ReTros, in our opinion one of the most consistent and high quality bands to come out of China this decade, have been invited by legendary British post punker Gang of Four to join them for a week of their Australian tour. You can see this announcement as well as an announcement of their first 2011 show at their Douban page.
This is really great news – Chinese bands are finally getting the recognition they deserve internationally. As we said in our responses to the Shanghai Grammy’s
Song of the Year
I think this counts as local. Earlier in the year, I was listening to my favorite dubstep show on Radio1 out of the UK, and this tune pops up
Kode9 & The Spaceape feat.ChaCha-Time Patrol
Honestly, I just thought it was fucking mental that our very own ChaCha was on one of the biggest, most influential radio stations in the world on one of the coolest shows on a track with one of the best producers/ dj’s/ label bosses around. People talk about Chinese artists breaking in the West – when will it happen? Who will it be? Well mega pop lovers, it’s already happening in the underground and it’s spreading. And it’s exciting, get me?
We repeat this sentiment wholeheartedly for ReTros. More in 2011 please…
A family member drew our attention last week to a Beijinger organised Australian tour for the Xinjiang band, Askar Grey Wolf. We have to admit that we didn’t know too much about the band. When we were researching, we found this article describing the current (tragic) state of Xinjiang, and the story of lead singer Askar growing up in the province. While we write, we are listening to the joyous riot of Turkic influenced music that sits in stark contrast to the words – empty bazaars, riot police, perspex shields. We prefer to use our imagination, which conjures up imagery of the Xinjiang John Travolta.
You can read the article HERE. If you are Australian, you will have missed the shows, sadly, but we will be looking out for them when they return to China.
Finally, you have to love the sincerity on their Myspace:
Proudly sponsored by The Australia-China Council And Sino Gold Mining Limited
Many thanks to New Asia Pacific Travel for providing the ground transport for the band while they are in Sydney. These guys are so fantastic check out their site if you’re looking for professional travel advice!! www.napt.com.au
The band would also like the thank The Golden Century Seafood Restaurant on Sussex Street, Sydney’s premier Chinese Restaurant, for the support!!