Results tagged “junky” from Andy Best

Pics: Torturing Nurse on tour in Europe

Time for a regular check in with Shanghai's extreme noise collective Noishanghai. Junky, Xu Cheng and their band Torturing Nurse form the core of the scene, which is respected around the world by noise people and has even featured in the Guardian UK newspaper. 

It's odd to think the heady days of the Torturing Torturing Nurse show, when they collective drew rock sized crowds to their events, were almost five years ago now. But they are still going strong and here are a couple of shots from their recent tour of Switzerland, Belgium and France - from this gallery.



What Shanghai avant garde noise artists do at home

Here is a kind of diary video posted on Tudou by Shanghai based noise artist Arrebato. Arrebato does solo material under the name lllllllllllHH and has also performed regularly with Mai Mai and Torturing Nurse

Shanghai's noise scene is world famous, mainly down to the tireless output of Junky and Xu Cheng with Torturing Nurse.Their monthly showcases are under the moniker NOIShanghai.


Video: Makoto Kawabata/Junky/Arrebato @ 696

Acid Mother's Temple's Makoto Kawabata is touring his solo act around Asia right now. He was playing Shanghai's 696 last night.

Here's a one minute clip of what it's like when Makoto Kawabata, Torturing Nurse's Junky and LLLLLLHH's Arrebato jam together. 

Bored? Watch Torturing Nurse

I find the new year here to be boring. There's no real, decent festival action, traditional kung fu, temple fairs or anything like that. You'd have to be in the exclaves for that. Anyway, I'm bored.

Enter an e-mail, from a newly arrived blog fan looking for noise gigs. I direct him to the Torturing Nurse page and the info for the next NoiShanghai meet. I check the page and think it would make a good post to show some of their highly entertaining live show gallery

Then I find the real gem. The vids there are mainly recent but right at the back is a classic 2008 gig featuring, in my mind, the classic line up when Jia Die gave them the extra visual/psychological dimension. It's the one with the hot wax SM and the primal screaming.

Really, never mind the obvious stuff like the candle lit SM/nudity (ruined mainly by the flash photographers who would blatantly wet their pants if they saw merely an ankle anyway) - the real high point of this performance is three or so minutes in when Junky smashes the guitar and they go into sustained primal screaming.


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