Alpine Decline’s Australian Tour Diary

Dear Diary,

I really wish I could have gone along on the Alpine Decline Australia tour like my colleague here at Genjing World HQ Beijing PRC, Nevin, who tagged along under the auspice of “tour managing” or “networking” or some such thing. Must have been nice to fly on down to the southern hemisphere and work on your tan at backyard BBQs and shit while I hold down the fort here in -13 degree Beijing! Yeah, I’m a little bitter/jealous – if you weren’t a freakin’ book, you would be too! Anyway, to rub it all in just a little bit more, it turns out that Jonathan from Alpine Decline keeps a Diary too and now Nevin has asked me to post entries from it on the Genjing website, surrounding the band’s afore mentioned Australia jaunt. The balls on that guy, right?! They’ve even included a playlist of all the great bands they met down under. Some people have all the luck!

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Alpine Decline China Tour

Fresh off a highly productive jaunt through Australia and the release of, arguably, their best full length to date, GO BIG SHADOW CITY, Beijing’s Alpine Decline are now set for an extensive tour of their host country, The People’s Republic of China! Not only will the band be lugging around heaps of limited edition phonographic records as well as beautifully hand-screened posters printed by the fine folks at IdleBeats, they’re also bringing along their brand spanking new baby boy, Roland – yes, Jonathan and Pauline named their first born son after one of their favorite pieces of gear! Though the novelty/cute factor of that statement alone should be enough to get you, the proud denizens of the Middle Kingdom, out to one or more of these headlining shows, keep in mind that these two Los Angeles transplants kill it live! No, No, No, not the baby!!! Sheesh. What kind of people…never mind, just make sure you clear your calendars and plan accordingly, these guys don’t disappoint in a live setting. Fact.

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Go Big Shadow City!!!


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Alpine Decline Tour Australia!

Alpine Decline strike out on their first Australian tour playing dates in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne while launching their 5th album “Go Big Shadow City”!

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One man DIY punk/blues/horror artist GUIGUISUISUI is off on a two month long tour of China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. If he survives the tour will take him to forty-three dates across four countries playing pretty much every place there is to play in the region.

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Talking Trash with Xiao Zhong from Pairs

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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Interview with Martin of God Bows To Math

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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Interview with Tenzenmen

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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God Bows To Math split 7″ and China Tour

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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Interview with Streets Kill Strange Animals

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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