Maybe Mars & Converse è”åˆå‡ºå“: The China Invasion Tour
â€œThe Ten Best Classical-Music Performances of 2008: the brilliant young guitarist-composer Zhang Shouwang (Carsick Cars & White) casting a minimalist spell in a Beijing rock clubâ€ â€“ THE NEW YORKER
â€œAsia’s Best Bands, 5 Asian Acts to Watch in 2008: P.K. 14â€ â€“ TIME MAGAZINE
Maybe Mars & Converse Present: The China Invasion Tour. Beijing is buzzing and Chinaâ€™s new musicians are making themselves heard. A country known for rapid change, the past five years can be seen as a Great Leap Forward for Chinaâ€™s musical underground. Appearances at top international festivals and coverage in major press have highlighted some of the action. When an East coast tour with three of the top Maybe Mars bands hit New York last fall – packing out every show – the newest Chinese export began to truly go international.
Maybe Mars is the youngest of the two leading Chinese independent music labels. It was started by musicians who had found a home at D-22, the rock club that is credited with giving crucial exposure and support to Beijingâ€™s exploding music scene. In its two years of existence, it has already signed 24 folk, rock, experimental and noise musicians and bands, including most of the artists at the forefront of Chinaâ€™s music underground.
Now with official invites from South by Southwest and through an effort by Converse to help support the emerging Rock nâ€™ Roll scene in China, six of Chinaâ€™s best bands are back for a West Coast tour:
P.K 14 â€“ Ask any of the younger bands about their influences and it is pretty obvious that P.K.14 has had the biggest impact of any local band on the growing Beijing scene. However, their artistic intensity and the care with which they write their songs do not keep them from completely rocking out, and their shows in China and abroad regularly receive critical acclaim. Often referred to as Chinaâ€™s best underground band, P.K.14, more than any other band, set the stage for the Beijing musical explosion.
Carsick Cars â€“ One of the most widely admired bands in Beijingâ€™s underground, Carsick Cars have played major festivals and concerts in China and abroad with the likes of Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Ex Models and These Are Powers. Employing the ferocious aural attack of one of Chinaâ€™s most brilliant guitarists and composers, Shouwang, they tear through their beautifully crafted songs in a thrilling but almost religious orgy of violence. Carsick Cars, whose â€œZhong nan haiâ€ is considered the anthem of Chinese countercultural youth, just released their second CD last summer, which was produced by Wharton Tiers, who also produced CDs for Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca, and Dinosaur Jr.
Xiao He â€“ In recent years Xiao He started reaching deep into the surreal folk traditions of a fast-disappearing China in much the same way Tom Waits immersed himself in the apocalyptic Christian mythologies of the American Deep South. With his combination of southern Chinese mysticism and Beijing gruff he has created a strange, stirring vision of a 19th-century China crashing violently into a 21st-century China of boiling rivers and crumbling factories. Xiao He has released many CDs over the years but continues to astonish audiences, including one recently at the Barbican in London, with his progressively eclectic sound that draws upon traditional instrumentation and vocal arrangements looped within his live performances.
AV Okubo – Formed in 2006 in the dirty industrial megalopolis of Wuhan, AV Okubo has captured the eyes and ears of China. Hong Kong experimental cinema, 80â€™s Kungfu movies, triad gangsters, Chinese and Japanese cartoons, Qian Xuesen and Chinaâ€™s early space program all collide together in AV Okuboâ€™s sound to create a weird kaleidoscope of modern Chinese sensibilities. The combination of retro-amusements combined with deeper social critique, along with their ferocious dance rhythms, has quickly brought this young band to the attention of fellow musicians and audiences across China. Now armed with their heralded debut album recorded by acclaimed producer Martin Atkins the band is out to conquer the world.
Snapline – The band consists of Li Qing on guitar and keyboards and Li Weisi on bass guitar, who met while students the Beijing Institute of Technology. Their music was dedicated to working out in a contemporary Beijing context the sounds and ideas produced by the noise and minimalist musicians of the 1970s and 1980, especially focusing on the New York scene of that period. Wanting also to explore the dark, industrial music coming out of England during that period, especially from bands like Joy Division and the Cure. With the addition of Tsinghua University student, and Microsoft employee, Chen Xi on vocals and drum machine Snapline was born. When producer and ex-PIL drummer Martin Atkins came to Beijing in late 2006 to check on the local scene, he was delighted with dozens of bands, but wholly awestruck by Snaplineâ€™s uniquely weird melodies, and immediately insisted on producing their first CD and signing them to Invisible Records. The debut, â€œParty is Over, Pornostarâ€ has already become a classic of the Chinese underground.
White is the name of a series of projects which started in 2004 with a variety of lineups. It has quickly become one of the most acclaimed outfits in the Beijing new music scene. Whiteâ€™s sound is ever evolving, spiralling outwards from the core stars of noise and minimalism to take in everything from the phase patterns of Steve Reich, the atonal chords of Glenn Branca, Throbbing Gristleâ€™s aggressive electronic shimmer, Neubautenâ€™s rhythmic invention, and the gu zheng masters of Chinese classical music. In May 2007 Blixa Bargeld, of Einsturzende Neubaten fame, shipped White off to Berlin to produce their first CD released in December 2008 by Bing Ma Si/Maybe Mars. White toured Europe behind Einsturzende Neubaten in May 2008 as part of the CD release and have quickly become one of Chinaâ€™s most sought after bands for international performaces.
|Thur, Mar 11, 2010||10:00 pm||International Welcome Party||DMI House (Mi Casa Cantina)||503 E. 6th St||P.K.14, AV Okubo|
|Thur, Mar 11, 2010||12:45 am||Emo’s||603 Red River St.||P.K.14|
|Fri, Mar 12, 2010||1:00 am||Voodoo Cowboy Party||DMI House (Mi Casa Cantina)||503 E. 6th St||AV Okubo|
|Sat, Mar 13, 2010||12:45 am||Latino Party||DMI House (Mi Casa Cantina)||503 E. 6th St||P.K.14|
|Sun, Mar 14, 2010||9:00 pm||Beijing Invasion Party||DMI House (Mi Casa Cantina)||503 E. 6th St||P.K.14, AV Okubo, Carsick Cars, Xiao He|
|Mon, Mar 15, 2010||9:00 pm||Plutopia||Mexican American Cultural Center||600 River St.||White, Xiao He|
|Tue, Mar 16, 2010||10:00 pm||DMI International Night||DMI House (Mi Casa Cantina)||503 E. 6th St||Carsick Cars, Snapline|
|Tue, Mar 16, 2010||5:30 pm||Austin Music Foundation||Momo’s||618 W. 6th St.||AV Okubo|
|Tue, Mar 16, 2010||8:00 pm||Experimental Electronic Party||DMI House (Mi Casa Cantina)||503 E. 6th St||Xiao He, White|
|Wed, Mar 17, 2010||12:00 pm||DMI International Lunch||DMI House (Mi Casa Cantina)||503 E. 6th St||P.K.14|
|Wed, Mar 17, 2010||2:00 pm||IODA Party||Emo’s Annex||600 Red River St.||Carsick Cars|
|Wed, Mar 17, 2010||4:00 pm||Elaine Layabout HHHoedown||Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza||511 E. 6th St||P.K.14|
|Thur, Mar 18, 2010||4:00 pm||Hill 16 Party||Bull McCabe’s||714 Red River St.||Snapline|
|Thur, Mar 18, 2010||12:00 pm||Whoopsy! Magazine Party||Trophy’s||2008 S. Congress||AV Okubo, Carsick Cars, P.K.14|
|Fri, Mar 19, 2010||3:00 pm||Maybe Mars Label Party||Spider House||2908 Fruth||AV Okubo, Carsick Cars, P.K.14, Xiao He, White, Snapline|
|Sat, Mar 20, 2010||1:30 pm||Hand Made Music Austin||Salvage Vanguard Theater||2803 Manor Rd.||White|
|Sat, Mar 20, 2010||8:00 pm||Official China Night Showcase||Speakeasy||412 Congress Ave||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, Xiao He, AV Okubo, Snapline, White|
West Coast Tour
|Wed, Mar 24, 2010||SuperHappyFunLand||3801 Polk Street||Houston, TX||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Thur, Mar 25, 2010|
|Fri, Mar 26, 2010||Maxine’s||700 Central Avenue||Hot Springs, AR||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Sat, Mar 27, 2010|
|Sun, Mar 28, 2010||Double Wide||3510 Commerce||Dallas, TX||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Mon, Mar 29, 2010||KVRX||7:00 pm on-air radio broadcast||Austin, TX||P.K.14|
|Tue, Mar 30, 2010||Emo’s||600 Red River Street||Austin, TX||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Wed, Mar 31, 2010||Hailey’s||122 West Mulberry Street||Denton, TX||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Thur, Apr 01, 2010||Bash’s on the Depot||620 19th St.||Lubbock, TX||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Fri, Apr 02, 2010||House Party||406 Texas St.||Marfa, TX||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Sat, Apr 03, 2010||Railroad Blues||504 W. Holland Ave.||Apline, TX||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Sun, Apr 04, 2010|
|Mon, Apr 05, 2010||The Echo||1822 w. Sunset Blvd.||Los Angeles, CA||Carsick Cars|
|Tue, Apr 06, 2010||Giant Robot||2062 Sawtelle Boulevard||Los Angeles, CA||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Wed, Apr 07, 2010||The Viper Room||8852 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood||Los Angeles, CA||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Thur, Apr 08, 2010||Brick By Brick||1130 Buenos Avenue||San Diego, CA||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Fri, Apr 09, 2010||American Legion post 206||227 N. Ave. 55 HIGHLAND PARK||Highland Park, CA||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|
|Sat, Apr 10, 2010||San Francisco, CA|
|Sun, Apr 11, 2010||Bottom of the Hill||1233 17th St. (17th @ Missouri)||San Francisco, CA||P.K.14, Carsick Cars, AV Okubo|