A brief bit of history: Over a year ago, The Mushrooms
(then Crazy Mushroom Brigade) were one of the up and coming Shanghai bands and were tipped for big things by a certain music blogger
. After a series of great live performances enhanced their reputation further, the band were signed to Soma and appeared on the Indie Top showcase CD. At the same time, they went through a line-up change with guitarist Li Xing leaving the band. Soma turned their sound pop, an album with the label was delayed (and has still failed to materialise) and the band floundered. But The Mushrooms had been tied into a less than beneficial arrangement before (when they had a lengthy stint at "live music" bar Melting Pot) and they used their experience to break free and organise their own shows
. The shows were huge successes
and The Mushrooms not only got their sound back, but also re-established themselves as one of the best live acts in the city.
So last night was the third of The Mushroom-organised parties at YYT and this time round the theme was animal patterns, meaning the place was filled with girls wearing leopard skin print dresses. There were five bands in total as well as an extra special guest appearance from another of Shanghai's top live acts.
things off with their Evanesence-style pop rock. Like a lot of their
stuff, their usual set closer (the eponymous Black Luna
) is a little
cheesy but also fairly infectious. It's helped a lot by having a guest
rap from Tian Pin Dian
YKE and I was wondering if he'd make an appearance last night given
that they'd been over at Channel One performing earlier in the evening
(something they were less than complimentary
about). He did, performing with his usual energy and huge grin.
the surprise. When the song finished, Sammy (Black Luna's lead singer,
who by the way sure can wail) called on the other boys from Tian Pin
Dian to join them on stage as well. Except for Sammy, the Black Luna
girls left the stage and we were treated to a special animal party
track from Tian Pin Dian and Sammy. It was a good start to the night.