Though one of the younger bands in Beijing’s burgeoning DIY scene, Gum Bleed have already established themselves as one of China’s most internationally experienced and outward-looking punk bands. Several weeks ago, these industrious street-punks returned from their third European tour, where they played festivals and clubs across four countries. We caught up with lead singer Dee to discuss his favorite cities, foreign festivals and the difficulties of touring abroad.
Our friends from Malaysia, Daighila, are headed out on a full European tour this October to spread their unique brand of torrential post-hardcore. If they’re in your area, go out and show them your support! Full dates below, and check out their split with Fanzui Xiangfa here.
Come catch Shanghai all-girl post-punkers Next Year’s Love at their vinyl release show this Saturday! A co-release between Shanghai’s Uptown Records and yours truly, their new 7” offers up two raw and dirty cuts of dark ‘80s synth goodness. Catch them Friday in Shanghai at the new 390 Panyu Lu, Shanghai’s raucous new gay bar and Saturday in Beijing at XP. Both shows are 50 RMB entrance and include a free copy of the new 7”.
Genjing Records is proud to be working together with Dave O’Dell, a founding member of Beijing’s punk scene and author of the memoir “Inseparable,” to present BanBian Pengke – a daylong festival and charity auction celebrating Beijing’s punk forefathers. Check the details below and see you at the show!
Ever since arriving in Beijing in 2005 I had heard rumors of a nebulous punk community in the tropical jungles of Yunnan. Friends would come back from the extreme southwest province with demo CDs, zines and tales of dread-locked crust punks. Then recently I found out that the Kunming-based anarcho-crust band Gou Ri De (狗日的) would be releasing a new self-titled LP, on vinyl no less! I tracked down the singer Steeve (坏蛋) over email and convinced him to answer some questions shedding light on the band, their label Yanzhaomen Records and why he eventually fled the Yunnan scene.
Uptown Records is a new vinyl store located in Shanghai.
Several weeks ago I tagged along with Alpine Decline on their trip down to Shanghai, where they would be playing a show at Uptown Records – a new vinyl store that I’d been hearing about for months. What I found was not only a lovingly laid-out store with a good selection of used records, but an active community working to connect music, art, fashion and of course vinyl. I sat down with the owner Sacco to discuss the space, future projects and what it’s like peddling trash from Japan.
In honor of International Record Store Day, Shanghai-based music blog Wooozy.cn recently did an interview with label owner Nevin Domer about Genjing and vinyl culture in China. You can find the Chinese version up on their site, and the English version below.
We recently found out that Genjing Records was featured on the Hamburg-based German radio program Neue Musik aus China. While we don’t speak German, we’ve been assured that all of the angry-sounding shouting was actually complimentary. Anyway, we’ve uploaded the program here for your listening pleasure!