Chengdu-based promotion group New Noise is kicking off Mao's triumphant return with one of the best indie bands going in Japan, The fin. Formed in 2010 on the beefy streets of Kobe, this chillwave outfit takes nods from bands like M83 and My Bloody Valentine. The fin. sings in English and is a pretty far departure from most acts in Japan who tend to shy away from playing such a direct version of Western shoegaze rock. Opening up the show is Hangzhou band GriffO. Starts at 8:30pm and the door is 150rmb.
Also on Friday our favorite underground bar Harley's is hosting a strange mix of various attractions including the Thai electro hop band Wasabi Bytes. Sharing the stage are Shanghai rock demons Round Eye playing the freak-beat style. Then you have Popasuda's Skinny Brown representing that bass music. A little something for everyone. Starts at 9:30 pm.
Saturday night gets real with Canadian-but-Beijing-based metalcore band Ogenix taking the Inferno stage. Formed in Montreal around 2001 the band took a hiatus but is back strong and ready to "Wake up! Wake up! Swallow that fucking red pill and walk towards the light". Also on the line-up are our groove metal friends Hitobashira, keeping things dank and heavy. Finally just back from Beijing, "full fucking blast" in person Spill Your Guts will bring the hardcore. All this and more for just 60rmb which includes a drink. Starts a 9pm.
Continue your metalcore fix with UK band Fathoms playing Yuyintnag on Sunday. Hailling from England's Brighton Beach the five-piece act is showing the darker side of their tourist town. Our Beijing friends Hot Pot Music put on the eight-city China tour before they head off to play Korea and Japan. Preview the Fathoms sound at their Xiami page here. The show is 100rmb and kicks off at 9pm.
Big ups to my main Bill Paxton who is sharing those sister wives in the sky. You may or may not know Paxton was the director and brains behind the beloved '80s fish heads music video.
"Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen."