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Getta-load-a this local noise rock / shit rock two-piece, Pairs. When they’re not brow-beating their peers, laying down the rules of rawk etiquette -- highlight: “What’s going on with that one band member of every band who feels the need to dress up? “ -- they’re busy fostering the next crop of Shanghai bands, hosting a Sunday Afternoon Show of all student acts. Dedicated bastards, emphasis on bastard.
So that’s what we’re looking at this week. A real fine idea. A Sunday afternoon show of fresh-faced talent down at Yuyintang -- 2pm to 5pm -- organized by Pairs, and comprised completely of bands with over half their members still in school. You should check that out. Get done watching The Rise of the Planet of the Apes (awesome) or the new season of Project Runway (double awesome) on the Thursday night or something and leave your Sunday afternoon open to see some youth music.
Remember, aged punk rocker? You used to go to this kind of thing all the time. Bunch of young bands all packed together on an afternoon show. All the kids trying to get a good spazz on before curfew? Re-live your glory days before you went and got all boring. And if one of these acts goes on to fame and fortune, you can bust out a good anecdote about when you saw them way back when.
“It was like me and like only 40 other dudes there man, I’m telling you. But you could tell even then that they were gonna change the fuckin’ face of muuusiiic, maaaaan.”
Here’s the schedule, a hot pic, a little self-introduction from each band, and a taste of things to come.
"We’ve tried to record an MP3 but I’m afraid things didn't go so well, so we just sent a small write up with a picture. We‘re sorry to reply so late. We’re Sylar. We started this band in November, 2010. It’s a honor to share a stage with Pairs. We hope we can learn something from this performance. We wish December 18 to be a perfect day."
2:35-3:00: Rank Moist Vegetation
"Rank Moist Vegetation is a post-post-post-punk/ fucked up rock/ good band in Shanghai. We are liked by everyone, from dead people to small children. If you don't come to see us play, it's probable that you have failed your entire life."
3:10-3:35: No Signal
"Members are all university students in Shanghai. The band was established in November 2009. The band's style is noise and punk. We love all the beautiful things. We love all funny things. We love all the real things. We love all strange things. We love all things directly. So we all love rock music. Love noise. Love to sing with a roar. Our life is often very confused. So we hope to use our music to let the life signal cover you!!"
"Pairs are some kind of awful band."
4:20-4.50: Naohai (闹海)
"Formed in the summer of 2010, Naohai (闹海) seem to be inspired by Nezha from Beijing, although they express their own voice with their music. ‘Hot-blooded youth’ and ‘angry agitation’ constitute the thematic inspirations of the band."
Sunday Afternoon Show is this Sunday at Yuyintang. Runs from 2pm to 5pm. Cover:20rmb