After the jump, we've got some touring Japanese post rock, a local label's comp. release show, some Brooklyn beats, and a little legacy Finnish metal on tap.
Shuhari & 21 Grams
Wednesday, May 25 @ On Stage
Big weekday post rock booking going down at On Stage in the form of Japanese group, Shuhari. An instrumental band from Tokyo, the trio is currently on a China tour across our great cinema soundscapes-loving land. The group follows the classic format of ambient build-ups crescendo'ing into energetic, sonic bursts of life, catharsis, and affirmation that is best enjoyed in state-of-the-art headphones or on a state-of-the-art sound system. Good thing On Stage has a decent one. Opening up on Wednesday is a bit of a treat for the Shanghai lifers among our ranks: local post rock band 21 Grams. If memory serves, these guys actually took their name from the movie 21 Grams shortly after it came out way back in 2003. The instrumental act were fixtures on the scene in the halcyon 2006-2010 days, or thereabouts, but have since been more sporadic with their appearances. Guess we all get a little old. Can't be rocking those six-band bills at YYT forever. At any rate, definitely show up early to check out a rare show from them. It all kicks off early at 8.30pm and the door will run you 80rmb. Not a bad deal for a touring band from Japan and a great local act.
Shuhari - Sasabune
Torturing Apparatus & The Psyders
Thursday, May 26 @ Yuyintang
Shanghai-based experimental music label, Bipolar Records is throwing a release show for their latest compilation tape entitled, Les Enfants Terribles. Translation: the terrible children. (You're welcome.) The album features 11 artists of varied genres from China and beyond. To kick out the release, playing live is a collaboration project between the label founder's act, Apparatus 1 and Shanghainese noise legends, Torturing Nurse. The combo is aptly named Torturing Apparatus. Slick one. Also on the bill are Shanghai surf rock outfit, The Psyders. Now that's an interesting mix of terrible kids.
Expect things to get harsh at this gig. If you're looking for inroads into the Shanghai DIY/noise/tape scene such as it is, this is your ticket. The door price is 40rmb and includes a download code for the Les Enfants Terribles comp.
Apparatus 1 - Crack Up
Friday, May 27 @ Yuyintang
The Yeti bass music-and-then-some promotion group are getting out of the club and into Yuyintang Livehouse with this weekend's Chrome Sparks booking. The left-field synth-pop group plays a expansive electronic live set that will be a bit of a departure from YYT's standard nu-metal and cock rock mandate. With a couple EPs under Australia's Future Classic indie label and compilation inclusions from the likes of Kitsune, Get Physical, and Mixmag, the world is ready for a full Chrome Sparks LP. Door charge will run you 120rmb or 80rmb pre-sale here. This trip through time and space kicks off at 10pm.
Chrome Sparks - The Meaning of Love
Sunday, May 29 @ Inferno
What better way to finish off the weekend then with a little female-fronted Finnish metal from legacy bangers, Manzana. Currently on their self-described "Manzana Voodoo Panda China Tourdates" the Scando hard rock/metal fusion act are running down an impressive 13 shows at places like Guiyang, Dongguan, Xiamen, Wuxi, and Yueyang. You know, all the hot spots.
These Fins dole out industrial undertones to their heavy music, and it's a combo that's found them airplay around Europe and frequent spots on the Scando record charts. Front-woman Piritta is also famous in the Euro touring world for her book Roadkill, inspired by the band's many excursions into Continental Europe. It garnered really good reviews and has already gone through multiple printings.
The rock starts at 9pm and Inferno is even throwing a free drink in with the 80rmb door charge. Hey, why not.
Stay frosty, Shanghai. And buy me a damn drink if you see me out. SmartShanghai basically pays me in cool points and, brother, that and 50rmb will get ya a pint in this town.