Over the past few years Pairs have become one of the most talked about bands in not just Shanghai, but the entire Chinese DIY scene, largely due to the fact that they run laps around most other bands in terms of their output. The Pairs approach to music making definitely syncs with the 80/20 rule championed by the Crap Art / Album a Day movement (“If only 20% of the effort is needed to get 80% of the quality, then by spending only 20% of the effort, we can create five times as many artifacts at 80% quality!” ). The results are often scrappy, lo-fi, out of tune, out of time, and intensely fun. It’s so carefree it’s inspiring; I defy you to listen to a Pairs record and not want to pick up an instrument, start blasting away, record an album right there in your living room and then book a tour and take off the next day.
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Despite all the hype that goes around being a rock star most bands find success not through some mystical muse but by years of dedication and hard work. God Bows To Math is one of those bands that embraces the challenge and embodies the spirit of DIY. They have been building a name for themselves across New Zealand and Australia for their incendiary live shows and explosive brand of noise-rock. Last year they helped the Shanghai band Pairs to tour New Zealand and now in a reciprocal effort This Town Touring brought them to China. We checked in with guitarist Martin Phillips to ask him about the tour and find out why it is that the most interesting and unique things are often created out of the mundane.
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It should come as no surprise that DIY and punk circuits around the world are pretty tight knit affairs; friends, acquaintances and friends of friends trading off information and contacts for venues, promoters, distributors, labels, other bands to tour with, many of these roles being the same group of people wearing different hats. Yet of course there always people coming in and people going out; grow up, have kids, get a HD television along the length of your house or whatever it is people aspire to these days. At the same time there will always be some scene, some little nook or cranny, that isn’t on Facebook and you haven’t come across. Simply put, there is always someone new to meet.
Yet in the Pacific region there is one name that comes up again and again across scenes, and that name is tenzenmen. It’s kind of like that game with how many handshakes you are away from Kevin Bacon, except you’ve realistically got to scale it down to the DIY scene in Asia and Oceanian and it’s Shaun tenzenmen you’re after, not a high school outcast who goes and throws shapes in empty warehouses when he gets pissed.
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Auckland’s God Bows To Math have toured relentlessly in Australia and New Zealand playing backyards and basements, earning the respect and love of zinesters and scenesters across the region and have been hailed by Groove Guide as “the most dangerous band making the rounds on the New Zealand tour circuit.” Now they’re bringing their incinery brand of noise rock to the Middle Kingdom as they promote their new 7-inch split with Shanghai’s local DIY partisans, Pairs.
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Since forming in 2008 Beijing’s Streets Kill Strange Animals have steadily made a name for themselves as one of the most interesting and original band’s coming out of China’s capital. Emerging at a time when all eyes were on China and the music scene was literally exploding, SKSA have proved they are in it for the long run, working on the their sound, doing regular live shows, touring, and in 2012 putting out their first full length, Plan B: Back to the Analog Time, a title that hints at the themes within (whereas lyrical content rarely deals with wild animals getting wiped out by traffic despite the band’s moniker).
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We’re proud to announce the release of our latest 7” from Beijing’s acclaimed noise-rockers Streets Kill Strange Animals. Pressed on creamy white vinyl this two song single “Through” coincides with the launch of the bands 2013 China tour–a psychedelic trip through the Middle Kingdom stopping at nineteen venues across the country. Pick up your copy now and join us on this psychic journey through China’s streets with one of the countries most promising acts!
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As we count down the days to Saturday’s Underground Lovers/Dear Eloise release party and screen printing workshop, we asked IdleBeats co-founder Nini Sum to select five of the studio’s most memorable posters
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Ahead of our Underground Lovers/Dear Eloise split 7” Beijing release party and screen printing workshop on Sat, Sept 28, we caught up with the co-founder of China’s first independent screen printing studio to discuss the art of print, the creative process behind their exclusive Dear Eloise poster and the joys of running a studio.
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Australian dream pop outfit Underground Lovers emerged from a long hibernation earlier this year with Weekend, their first full-length release in over a decade. Critically lauded and universally loved, the Melbourne-based pioneers are primed to leap into fall with a new split 7” on Genjing Records
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Genjing Records is proud to announce our first release for the autumn schedule, a split 7” between Beijing noise-pop duo Dear Eloise and seminal Australian indie rock outfit Underground Lovers.
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