In February 1995, Wild Children was founded in Hangzhou by Zhang Quan and Xiao Suo. In May, Zhang Quan and Xiao Suo went back to their birth place: Lanzhou, a city in Northwestern China. They spent almost a whole year to investigate on and collect Chinese Northwestern folk music. During the time, they started from Yan’an, Shaanxi Province, walked along the Yellow River until arriving in Inner Mongolia.
In March 1996, Zhang Quan and Xiao Suo came to Beijing and practiced with a couple of local musicians.
On January 1, 1997 at Da Xi Club, Beijing, Zhang Quan and Xiao Suo, together with Zhang Jian (mouth harmonium), Yue Hao Kun (bass guitar) and Yu Wei Min (drums) performed with the name of “Wild Children” for the first time. In March, Zhou Guo Bin, a drummer coming from Sichuan Province joined in Wild Children and started to use hand drums transformed from traditional Chinese drums. On August 23, Wild Children (Zhang Quan, Xiao Suo and Zhou Guo Bin) held a special performance in Lanzhou. In October, Zhou Guo Bin left Wild Children. Zhang Quan and Xiao Suo continued to stay in Beijing, performed occasionally at different places. During the time, Ye Hong Min played drums for Wild Children temporarily.
SUBS was formed in the cold Beijing winter of 2002 by vocalist Kang Mao, guitarist Wu Hao, drummer Shi Xudong and bass player Sun Xia, but the band would have to wait a few months until the present bass player, Zhu Lei came along and finalized the line-up. SUBS gathers inspiration for their screaming punk rock pleasures from bands such as the Hives, Fugazi and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, while at the same time making their own distinct mark on the world of rock.
The band’s live performances are riotous explosions of pure musical energy displaying a commitment seldom seen on the Chinese punk scene. And when the guitarist Wu Hao, who happens to sport the coolest afro since Shaft, goes bad on his Gibson, you know you are having a party on your hands. Wrapping up the image is the combination of Shi Xudong, who by some is described as the “most muscular guy in the Beijing punk scene”, pounding the drums and Zhu Lei’s jumpy and rumbling bass accompanying Kang Mao’s wails and screams through the fast-paced set. And when it’s all over, don’t be shy, buy them a drink and continue the party that they started on stage.
Thanks to an invitation to play at Oslo, Norway’s Øya Festival and the small tour that followed in 2005, the band has won over a new European audience and garnered interest from local and international print and broadcast media. A sampling of the international press coverage: NRK (Norwegian Public Radio); American Public Radio International; the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong); Nylon(Australia); Roadtracks (Germany); BA and BT, two of Norway’s largest newspapers, and more, including a range of documentaries from around Europe. A second trip to Europe followed in October 2005, following an invitation to the Amsterdam China Festival. The summer of 2006 saw the band play over 30 festival, club and bar shows in four countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark), picking up a new following across the region and garnering coverage in a range of media (Radio Helsinki, BT, BA, PopMatters.com and more). In Copenhagen, Sonic Studios recorded the band at the end of the tour.
Chinese/Japanese ska fun punk band CAFFE-IN.
Rock in China has launched quite some time ago the RiCtionary, an online dictionary for Chinese music related terms, showing the related English name, the Chinese writing and the pinyin annotation.
Over time the RiCtionary is going to be filled with a lot of technical terms and definitions all around the guitar / rock related field equipment. Stay tuned! (And help if you want …)
Beijing punk band A-Boys (or Anarchy Boys) and their song 我們決不妥協.
Jurat.T.T is the lead singer and guitarist, hailing from Xinjiang’s Karamay City. His musical style is of national, indepedent rock. From 1995 to 2000 he set up a lot of local bands, and in 2002 arrived in Beijing after forming the “Warriors Choir”, a band with national folk rock and its own style. Later on, he forked the “Home Laity band” which rocked the nation, in independent rock style, with funk, blues and psychedelic influences. Home Latifah band is in cooperation with the German singer MIA, displaying Brit-rock form. Now in his solo act, he is crafting and refining his style of indie rock alongside Xinjiang ethnic folk music.
Check out one of his songs:
Lanzhou folk act LOW WORMWOOD and their song Little Flower.