This October Beijing’s fast-core legends Fanzui Xiangfa and Umeå, Sweden’s indomitable 80’s punks Bad Nerve, join forces for a mini-tour of China. The tour coincides with the celebration of Fanzui Xiangfa’s ten year anniversary. This band is no stranger to vinyl collectors and devotees of China’s underground, many of whom have eagerly awaited and promptly snapped up a steady stream of 7” singles from the band over the past decade. This tour gives vinyl collectors another reason to sweat; Fanzui Xiangfa will be offering their complete, collected, and career-spanning 24-track discography on CD and vinyl LP available from our shop!
This joint tour was conceived out of a Scandinavian tour and a split 7” release for the two bands in 2014. Bad Nerve now bring their energetic brand of noisy hardcore punk to the Middle Kingdom for the first time and they’re poised to destroy stages across China with the support of friends and local acts from every dark corner of the country’s DIY underground. Don’t miss your rare chance to see these two bands performing together and “Go, No Slow!”
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No good band is created in a single day – well, some are; very, very few, but anyway…each group experiences the ups and downs of development. MeToo is no different. Founded in 2007, the band has been at it for eight sordid years; countless shifts in practice spaces as well as personnel and the general, problematic whatnots of being a band on the rise in China. For a bit more perspective on all of the aforementioned development and strife that goes into being a seasoned artisanal unit, let’s take a photographic look back at the history of this incredibly resilient band, who borderline improbably, considering their lineage within the scope of the scene, just released their first piece of proper physical material, like, full stop.
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No reason to be scared here, folks. This is the frighteningly rad kind of (musical) Frankenstein we’re on about, sorta like Mel Brook’s take on everyone’s favorite lime green monster, rather than Mary Shelley’s – only not funny by any stretch (though definitely fun), quite cinematic at points and highly, highly listenable. Beijing’s MeToo have most definitely pulled out the stops on this 7” single which we here at Genjing are thrilled to be releasing. You can grab this glitchy piece of melodic alt-pop on wax directly with us via our shop or from Far Out Distant Sounds in the US where there are many other Sino-centric vinyl wares you’ll probably want to have a gander at as well. If you’re in Beijing, be sure not to miss Me Too’s official release show this coming Sunday, September 20, at School Bar. Be extra sure not to sleep on this one, Beijingers. It’s gonna be a dandy.
Continue reading METOO’S “FRANKENSTEIN” 7” DROPS SUNDAY!
Let’s cut to the chase here, Beijing duo, After Argument’s This Is Not Your Game is a whopper of an LP. As stated before, we don’t have favorites from our catalog, per say, but this one most certainly gets a lot of spins around the office and for good reason. It’s badass, repetitious (in a good way) faultless post-punk experimentalism. Perhaps we’re a smidge bias, but it honestly might well be one of the best guitar/drums records to make it’s way out of the PRC. Part of the allure of the album is the provocative image which adorns its cover: a photo of a (presumably) insecure child hiding behind a curtain door. It’s a photograph one can’t help but study over and over whilst the 12” does its 33RPM thing atop a turntable.
The photographer who took the shot was none other than Brazilian, Tanara Stuermer, an art history graduate who focused on the arrival of photography in Brazil in 19th century during her school days. Post university, Tanara began to roam the streets and alleyways of New York, then cities around Europe, documenting the world in her own way. From her black and white photos, you can feel a sense of inexplicable melancholy hiding beneath the surface of her subject matter. It’s a feeling that is not obvious but is always present. An overt study in subtlety, if you will.
Recently, we had a chance to speak with Tanara about all manner of stuff, including, naturally the After Argument album which drew her to our attention.
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If you’ve been hanging out here in our little corner of the interwebs, you’ve most likely noticed that Genjing is gearing up to drop Beijing alt rockers MeToo’s first ever physical release in the form of 7” vinyl. It’s called Frankenstein and it most certainly lives up to it’s name. As the band have a lot going on at the moment, including an upcoming, not to miss, record release party on September 20th at School Bar – we figured it best we check in with their vocalist, Lu Zi, who was gracious enough to take on our barrage of MeToo-centric quandaries. We’ll leave it to Lu Zi to explain everything after the jump.
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The night of July 4th left an indelible mark on the history of Beijing’s music scene with the closing of experimental venue XP. As an eyewitness, Genjing was especially impressed by the energetic live performance of The Yours, a noise rock band from Hong Kong, who are now an important force for Maybe Mars. They really enliven Beijing’s live music scene. For those who are well-acquainted with the band, the Yours’ music has always been a leading force of modern youth culture. Sneaking behind the powerful noise sound wall, their meaningful lyrics entwine with wonderful melodies and arrangements, together giving out an echo of teenage scream. After the show, Genjing tracked down the vocal and guitarist of the band, Jack, to talk a little bit about the story of the Yours.
Continue reading The Yours: Move On, My Valley Kids!
If Genjing were in the business of manufacturing greeting cards, we’d most certainly have sent one to our hands down favorite Hong Kong three-piece, The Yours, stating something to the effect of, “Happy Record Release Day, Dudes!” Alas, we do not manufacture greeting cards, playable flexi-disc post cards we’ve been known to dabble in, yes, but greeting cards, not so much. That said, as you may well have inferred from the tone of this post, we’re pretty much absurdly thrilled to belatedly announce the immediate release of The Yours latest 45RPM slice of pure, unadulterated indie rock. The Public Eye b/w Purple 7″, which you’re more than welcome to try on for size after the jump, is pretty much everything you’re looking for if you dig melodious tunes cloaked in reverb drenched tsunamis of distortion a’la many a C86 band circa an arguably, less musically convoluted time better known as the 1990s. Indeed, some may throw a revivalist tag on the meticulously loose cacophony of sound these gentlemen have been cultivating for some years down in the former British colony they call home, but in reality, this batch of new material on the band’s part marks a logical evolution in the impossibly catchy batches of sonic abrasion The Yours have been honing since their inception. Limited to 500 copies, we strongly believe that it would be in your best interest to head over to our shop and grab one of these jolly green slabs up before…yeah, yeah – you know the limited edition sales pitch. If you prefer to pick up your vinyl in personable hand to hand exchanges with actual human beings at merch booths (and happen to be in Beijing on July 4th), The Yours are slated to play alongside White+ and The Fuzz on what will in effect be the final ever bill over at XP, a venue which is soon to be a very important footnote in the minds of those close to the underground, experimental scene here in the nation’s capital. Don’t miss out!
Continue reading THE YOURS “PUBLIC EYE” 7″ STREETS TODAY!
Roaming around on the streets of Dongcheng District, your eyes glance back and forth between the shops and the flowing crowd. The summer heat in Beijing has almost evaporated your patience and driven you crazy and bored. Suddenly, by chance, you turn your head to the right and notice something on the other side of the street. A bright splash of color on a tightly closed rolling door draws your attention and puts an end to your restless steps. “It looks like an English word”, you murmur to yourself. To get a clearer vision, you cross the non-stopping traffic to the other side and finally recognize the word, “EKSAS”.
Still you don’t give it much thought and just continue on, however, once you’ve seen it a whole new world starts to open up and you begin to notice it everywhere. It’s on the broken walls of a construction site, the high voltage box standing in the middle of the sidewalk, it’s even on the archways of a bridge. “EKSAS” is everywhere! You begin to wonder who is “EKSAS”? Who is this person whose name is written all over the city?
Then you see the cover for the new Deadly Cradle Death / The Telescopes split 7” and learn that that’s EKSAS too! While international conspiracies of noise / art terror bloom in your mind we, the street wondering insomniacs of Genjing Records, are here to provide answers. We rendezvoused with this prolific street-writer to talk about graffiti, writing in both Beijing and New York and his recent foray into cover design. Get the whole scoop and you’re own copy of the 7” after the jump.
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A couple of weeks back we excitedly dropped the Golden Cage 7” which contains exactly 8 minutes and 66 seconds of awesomeness in the form of new material from the Xi’an post punk outfit, The Fuzz. Heady days were those, friends. Heady days. What now? Well naturally, we figured it best to keep The Fuzz promotional train a rollin’ because that’s what we do, plus, we figured you, dear Genjing blog reader, are (hopefully) as stoked about this particular release as we are and we want to just keep on giving you more! With that said, we invite you to read through the below interview that we conducted with Peng Liu, frontman of said band in question. The interview format is one of those win-win kind of situations where we all learn a little more about The Fuzz, which is a very good thing indeed. For instance, we had no idea their first ever gig consisted of Ramones covers. How rad is that! Did you know The Fuzz are recording a new album here in Beijing, literally, right now, as you toil away on the interwebs? Even more rad, right?! Nuggets of informative information a plenty are to follow just beyond the jump.
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If you’re not quite as proficient as you’d like with regard to deciphering Chinese characters, the above image just happens to be a flyer for a party you’re not going to want to miss out on for several terribly solid reasons. First of which, our good buddies at pangbianr are turning five years old. There’s going to be a big ‘ol Xi Yang Yang cake, a bouncy castle, a dude making at least eight different types of balloon animals, a full-on creepy clown and everything! Not really though. What there will be are live sets from a whole slew of artists we’ve either directly worked with or greatly appreciate, including Xiao Hong & Xiao Xiao Hong, Shi Lu (Hedgehog), Josh Frank (Hot & Cold), a “secret special guest band” and notably, a rare performance by experimentalist extraordinaire Yang Fan, whose debut LP just happened to drop last month, courtesy of, well, us: Genjing Records. When framed in the right light, this is kind of a belated, unofficial record release party of sorts, too. A definite double whammy if there ever was one, right?! Anyway, we’ll be there yucking it up and slinging merch, so be sure and stop by for a hello session in-between sets while you shake it to sounds of Compact Dicks, who’ll be manning the wheels of plastic ‘til the wee hours. The fun kicks off 8:30pm at the (sadly) soon to be shuttered XP tomorrow evening. That’s Wednesday, June 10th if you want to get all technical about it. If you’re in Beijing, don’t sleep on this one, folks! It’ll totally be worth the groggy feeling you may or may not experience at your place of work the following morning…