Pairs, Duck Fight Goose and Handsome Furs @ YYT
Image of DFG at Beijing's D22
Friday night was the big Splitworks' gig at Yuyintang featuring the following bands:
You can read Jake's regular review here.
There's not really a lot more to say apart from some thoughts I was having. The show was both amazing and yet disappointing at the same time. Hear me out.
It was a great turnout, a wonderful atmosphere and show and we were watching three top bands. Pairs and Duck Fight Goose are the breakout bands of the Shanghai scene this year, for differing reasons, and Handsome Furs are a quality international act. All three were excellent and the show was a resounding stamp of quality for the scene. I felt so proud.
On the other hand, a combination of prohibitive pricing and clique behavior in the scene meant that a ton of people who should have been there weren't. So a huge section of the local scene, bands and fans alike, will be unaware and dismissive of this major event. The various collectives and groups within the scene could have taken so much away from the show ... but it's like the tree falling in the forest thing, innit?
If no one saw it happen, it's like it never existed. Or heard it. Err. Wait a minute ...
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