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I am sick of all the genre bands in Beijing. I don’t need to hear someone’s take on the Blues with Chinese characteristics or Chinese Punk. Or ska, or “folk music” or whatever.
When you go see those bands, you’re not really listening anyway. What you’re doing is using them as a conduit to whatever the best band in a given genre is. The highest praise for one of the genre bands is something like, “Those guys are great, they sound like Oasis or the Skatalites or XXX.” There’s nothing organic about the experience at all. You might as well be drinking gin and listening to your iPod.
I’m not interested in hearing a rehashed version of the music I already like. Good music is about having something to say, not being authentic to some kind of cannon or form. The cannon is there to be learned, assimilated and then destroyed by something new. Fuck the cannon and fuck your heroes. If you can’t, then you’ll just be a pale imitation of what you like.
It’s time for musicians in Beijing to burn the fucking history books and the how-to manuals. It’s time to throw out the music that inspired you.
Hope everyone is settling into the Year of the Dragon. We spent the CNY break working on new material and getting used to a ton of new equipment, and we’re gonna lay the new beast bare this Saturday Night @ Hot Cat. As always, the show’s free, beer’s cheap and we’ll be funky. We’ve also got a surprise opener, a one-of-a-kind performer we can’t reveal just yet.
Check it out this Saturday night @ Hot Cat. 46 Fangjia Hutong, very close to El Nido
Opener on-stage at 9:47
Not There from 10:30 till very late.
P.S. Check out our Douban page to stream our latest live release Tapes, Vol. 1: http://site.douban.com/not_there/