After dropping the the Low Bow / Dinged Up split a couple weeks back those of us here at Genjing HQ haven’t been able to stop spontaneously humming the songs and quoting snippets of the lyrics to each other. We decided it was time to touch base with the Maryland based side of the split and man behind Dinged Up, the always affable Joe Rankin. Genjing Records founder Nevin Domer called up his high school friend to to chat about house shows, analog recording and to just generally catch up on mutual friends and the scene after well over a decade away.
This post is specifically crafted, designed, dedicated (insert similar adjective) to those of you who continually email us, on what seems like a daily basis, regarding the status of Beijing’s preeminent, dark, minimalist, industrial-leaning three piece, Snapline. Yes, they have new material! Yes, Paper General b/w Wasted is now available for purchase in our shop! Yes, it is everything you want from Snapline!
Martin Crawford (aka The Craw) is the kind of DIY personality we love around here at Genjing. He skates, screen-prints and has roots the run deep with our very own GUIGUISUISUI, who’s latest 7”, The Court of Necro sports original artwork by none other than…wait for it, The Craw, himself! We dig Martin’s artwork so much, that we decided it best to investigate him a bit further in a little format known by most as an interview. As we found via
J Date e-chat, The Craw is an extremely proactive, genuinely interesting dude, for a self proclaimed “moron”. Have a read below and see for yourself, why don’t ‘cha! Also, keep in mind that GUIGUISUISUI is currently out on tour promoting The Court of Necro throughout the wilds of Asia. Go see ‘em!
As we’re sure all of you Netizens from Harbin to Helsinki are aware, our latest 7” release, now available for your eminent listening/purchasing pleasure over in our little ‘ol shop de jour, is a split between Beijing indie noise guys, Low Bow and sludgy Baltimore melodics, Dinged Up. In celebration of this must-own disc-o-wax we gave Richard and Michael the ‘ol interview treatment – the results of which you will find below. And here I just thought Low Bow were spending all of their time figuring out how to perfectly balance each and every piece of their live setup on a single skateboard for transportation around the Gulou neighbourhood here in the Red Capitol?!? Turns out there’s quite a bit happening in the complicated little lo-fi realm these gentlemen occupy. Go figure!
Remember when you were a kid and the Black Superman showed up out of basically nowhere and wanted to throw down with OG Red & Blue Superman? Sure you do. Even then, your tiny pre-pubescent mind knew there was deep shit going down in some of those hectic, illustration heavy pages dotted with that familiar, scented ink. Well, we here at Genjing Records World HQ Beijing China kinda have a similar type thing-a-ma-jig going on here with our newest foray into the world of unleashing seven inch in diameter slabs of wax into the world at large, your home, or local record store.. One thing we know for certain, dear reader, is Beijing based, reverb-saturated, indie blues soothsayers Low Bow and Baltimore math centric sludge-poppers Dinged Up do indeed have quite a bit in common, or at least a couple of things, that is:
After completing a successful jaunt through NE China, Korea and Japan, GUIGUISUISUI and his Hydeian split personality King Necro are back on Chinese shores for a homecoming run, culminating in four big record release shows. Dann is bringing his demonic punk-blues roadshow to every tiny village and hamlet up and down the east coast in an effort to spread the gospel of his dark lord so don’t miss your chance to spazz out with him, or just stand there with your jaw on the floor, and when you recover be sure to snag a copy of “The Court Of King Necro” for your own.
Full dates below the jump…
We’ve received heaps of praise for the cover of our recent split 7” between Beijing’s Carsick Cars and Minneapolis’ Flavor Crystals, and rightly so! The stunning original work was done by up-and-coming Guangzhou artist Sensitive Word. In order to present the man behind the pen we caught up with Tony Cheung, aka Sensitive Word, to ask about his work, life in south China and the relationship between art and music.
That’s right lovers of art damaged lo-fi troubadours, Beijing based one man DIY punk/blues/horror extremist GUIGUISUISUI (aka Dann Gaymer)’s latest exploration of auditory evil incarnate can now be yours courtesy of us, the mostly congenial, semi-well mannered mens and womens of Genjing Records!
Following an extremely hectic-backslash-productive jaunt through the drought stricken billabongs of Australia and a truly ambitions two-part tour of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing based, Blundertown transplants Alpine Decline are repacking-up all manner of gear once more, not to mention their year-old baby/roadie/auxiliary touring member, Roland (vox, guitar, drums, synths), and heading over to the American/Canadian left coasts in order to continue on their seemingly never ending mission to promote their most recent, critically acclaimed long player, GO SHADOW BIG CITY. If you already live in that ridiculously gorgeous part of the world, you’re lucky for gajillions of reasons (gorditas! tacos! In-N-Out! poutine!) and if not, well, it’s never not not a good idea to map out a little road trip there, or just go there to, like, “find yourself, maaan.”
As spring romances burnout in the more raw, sticky heat of summer we’re excited to bring you China’s latest tribute to dying love. Shanghai-based Tom Cruise and Katie Homles channel all the hurt, self-loathing and sadness for sadness sake we demand from a “good” break-up with just the right amount of pose that comes from knowing people are watching. Just like their namesakes, and the love they represent, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the band, was never meant to last. Xiao Zhong (Rhys), also from Pairs, will be returning to his native Australia and while they will be trying to play as many shows as possible before he leaves this fury of summer passion will not last long. Be sure to catch their release shows on June 6, at Shanghai’s YuYinTang, and June 7, at Beijing’s XP, and snag yourself a copy of “你不爱我 (You Don’t Love Me)” so, even after it’s gone, you can relive that bitter sweet pain again and again.