Results tagged “21 Grams” from Jake Newby

Zhulu Hefeng still bent on world domination

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Zhulu Hefeng, the local-based label headed up by Sonnet and Pinkberry drummer Lezi, are continuing their ambitious plans to sign up every band in the world. Last we heard, they'd done a deal with French rockers The Nitwits and now the band have licensed them to become their official album sellers in China. They'll be flogging the album around Shanghai and also up in Beijing as well as trying to get the band a slot at one of China's 2,896 festivals taking place this year.

On top of that, they've added local band Plastic Chocolate to their roster (that's them on the right here). I may have lost count here, but I think that brings the ZLHF stable to a grand total of 9 bands. The others being Sonnet, Pinkberry, Joker, Manbanpai, Mr., 21 Grams and Shenzhi Wuzhi.

Pinkberry already have a record out and Sonnet, Joker and Mr. are all in the studio at this very second. Well actually, they're probably doing their day jobs right now, but when they have some free time they'll be recording. Look out for releases from them in the next few months.

Also, come September, they'll be firing up the old university tour bus again and heading out to proselytise some students. Shit, those kids are busy eh?

New 21 Grams

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Post-rock band 21 Grams are currently recording for their debut EP as part of Zhu Lu He Feng's big recording push with their bands. It's still early doors, so don't expect a physical record for a while yet, but in the meantime the band have uploaded some fresh tracks to their Douban. You can check out the tracks here, all four of the songs you see are newly uploaded. The video on the right is from a performance at Zhijiang Dream Factory back in January.

China: A Mixtape

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For a while now, I've noticed someone called Tenzenmen popping up on Douban leaving comments on the artist pages for a lot of people I like and asking about how to get a hold of the music. Turns out, it was Shaun from the Sydney-based Tenzenmen label and he was putting together a mixtape of all those artists.

You'll notice quite a few blog favourites on the tracklisting:

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01 - Low Wormwood (Di Ku Ai) - Who - 5.11
02 - The Curry Soap - Little Northern Europe - 4.18
03 - Godot - No 4 - 6.26
04 - Demmy - Will You Remember Me Tomorrow - 6.42
05 - 21 Grams - 21 Grams - 7.58
06 - 8 Eye Spy - Live - 2.10
07 - Cover People - Trip To... - 3.07
08 - Snapline - Nice Dream - 3.11
09 - White - 47 Rockets (For Wan Hu) - 5.10
10 - Little Nature - Different World - 3.00
11 - Sonnet - A Nice Song - 3.10
12 - I.D.H. - Final Trial - 3.53
13 - Boys Climbing Ropes - Dirty Bots - 4.35
14 - Lava Ox Sea - Regnarts! Yeh - 6.15
15 - 24 Hours - Mr Stevenson (with Train) - 3.24
16 - You Mei You - All Talk No Action - 1.36
17 - Mortal Fools - Drink! Drink! Drink! - 2.04
18 - Muscle Snog - Think and Shit - 3.48
19 - Fanzui Xiangfa - Kill Your Television - 1.04
20 - The Curry Soap - You Keep Everything But His Heart - 1.06
21 - D!O!D!O!D! - A02 - .53

You can download the mixtape for free and read a bit more about it and Shaun here. Go check it out. One comment which is particularly telling from Shaun is this: "Even without understanding the language it's fairly simple to click around these sites [douban and myspace.cn] and discover the motherlode of music you never heard before." Exactly...

Lezi launches a label

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zhuhelu.jpgHis bosses at Soma may have been, err, less than prolific in the past twelve months, but now Lezi (Sonnet drummer, part of the management at Mao) is trying his hand at his own label.

The bands involved are:

Sonnet (naturally)
Pinkberry
Joker/Jiao Ke
21 Grams

I wrote a while back about how he'd formed the Beautiful Western Suburbs collective with these bands and now he's taking them into the studio with plans to put out records on his just-this-minute-founded 竹露荷风音乐社 (Zhu Lu He Feng Music Society) label.

Sonnet and Pinkberry have already begun recording material, while Joker and 21 Grams are in the process of writing new songs in preparation for some recording time next summer. The label has a website under construction and there'll be more details as they emerge, but for now this seems like a positive step. Soma have shown us that we shouldn't hold our breath when local bands join a label, but Lezi, who has had an inside track on developments there, is positive about getting some releases for these bands out soon.

Afternoon rock: Pinkberry and Sonnet

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xiaoyou.jpgWondering how things went down at Yuyintang last night for the Candy Shop gig? Mr Best has that one right here. Sammy has really settled in with the band now and their new lineup is just as seamless as it used to be, even when they switch instruments for Ding Ding Dang.

Speaking of changing lineups, you can check out Pinkberry's new look this afternoon over at eno. They're launching a new t-shirt range or something, I'm not really sure, but Pinkberry and Sonnet are playing there. That's at 4pm at the Changle Lu shop. It's ridiculously cold today, so that might not be a bad place to hunker down for the afternoon.

I've written a bit before about Pinkberry's recent lineup troubles, but in the run up to the enormous Rock Shanghai/0093 CD release at the end of this month, they're rehearsing and gigging again with a new look lineup that features Sonnet's Lezi on the drums. The Rock Shanghai/0093 CD release show will also see the first showing of the long awaited (by me anyway) Pinkberry MV that I wrote about here.

Sonnet have been working on new material lately and, though I'm not sure how much of that will be on show this afternoon, there will definitely be some new songs when they head up the Beautiful Western Suburbs night at Yuyintang on December 18th. This the Lezi-organised collective that features both the aforementioned bands as well as 21 Grams and Joker and all four will be on show that night. You can check out interviews with both 21 Grams (this one) and Joker (this one) by Lezi over at Louder.cn, but you'll need to be a reader of Chinese for those.

Love will tear us apart

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Pinkberry drumsUPDATE: Maybe all the years of loud music have ruined my hearing, maybe all the years of drinking beer have ruined my memory, but either way I was wrong about what Morgan said. Check out the comments for clarification.
When I bumped into Sun Ye the other day, he told me he was getting married. "Congratulations," I said and beyond a bit more talk about it, I didn't think too much more of it. Then I found out last night that when Boojii play Modern Sky Festival in a couple of weeks it will be sans Sun Ye due to his impending nuptials. His replacement will be Han Han from LOS/Duck Fight Goose and they've been practising like mad, including a gig at last night's New Faces Night at YYT. Alas, I wasn't able to get free until it was too late - Boojii went on first, right on the dot and were followed by DFG, I didn't have time to make it over for their sets, but Andy filled me in. Sun Ye has confirmed that this is just a temporary arrangement and that he'll be back with Boojii soon. The band still haven't got a release date for their album but it should be out before the end of the year and is one to look forward to.

Obviously, congratulations go to Sun Ye and I'm glad that it's only a temporary change. Other bands haven't been so lucky in the past. Morgan was talking the other day about how 21 Grams' long hiatus was largely caused by a female member going and getting hitched. They seem to be doing the odd gig again now, or at least they were at the enoise showcase a few weeks back. You can read some more about 21 Grams and download some tracks by following this link right here. Seriously, some of these kids need to be a bit more considerate to us music fans and stop being so wholesome. It reminds me of a conversation I had with Xiao Bai of Bang Bang Tang once where she stated matter of factly that if her boyfriend asked her to stop being in the band she would, no questions asked.

Another band experiencing slightly more serious line-up changes due to affairs of the heart are Pinkberry. The story is that the drummer has left due to romantic complications. Before it sounds like I'm besmirching Xiao You or the other boys' good names, I should point out that it hasn't involved other members of the band. Basically, the rumour is that old A Luan is a bit of a playboy and that the band got fed up with some of the comments on their QQ from the ladies that he'd left in his wake. So much so that they have now apparently asked him to leave. Sure enough, he now only names PZ64 on his Douban page, there's no mention of Pinkberry any more. That leave Xiao You and Toni as the only remaining original members one year in after the bassist was replaced a couple of months back. Then again, those two were always the driving force of the band anyway so it shouldn't disrupt things too much hopefully.

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