The Mushrooms and Angry Jerks, Yuyintang

| | Comments (1) | TrackBacks (0)
The Mushrooms22:08:09.jpgHere's a paradox for you: I don't really like shouty rap-metal, but I really like The Mushrooms. It's odd and it means that I often seem like a hypocrite when talking about other bands, but if you see The Mushrooms perform live, then you get a pretty clear explanation. Take last night for example, they went on last in the double-header with Angry Jerks (which will be repeated in the Jerks' hometown of Nanjing in a few weeks) and brought the house down. If the Soma-produced Mushrooms album ever sees the light of day, it'll be interesting to see whether it can really capture the energy and atmosphere of their live shows (how do you really record the kind of performances that can bring band and audience members to tears?!). In the meantime, they remain one of the best live acts in the city.

They rounded off a night that had opened with Double Control Where. And this is where my hypocrisy comes in and I feel a bit guilty. They're good Double Control Where, they're just not really my thing. Yet they play a shouty-chorused metal that isn't a million miles away from the aforementioned headliners. Indeed, with the singer's bleached hair, they look a bit like a shanzhai version of The Mushrooms. That's no criticism - the band weren't purposefully ripping anyone off at all, they just looked a bit like them (mostly the hair). Anyway, they were a lively opening act and the crowd really got into it.

Second were on, err, second and this was the, ahem, second time I'd seen them. Sorry. UPDATE: I tell a lie, this was actually the third time I've seen them (caught them at the Shanghai Night Fever event last month too) rendering my lame puns even more pointless. I found myself a bit more engaged by them than last time and they gave a pretty strong performance. They're aren't many all-girl bands in Shanghai (though I'd say the gender balance on the scene is better than most, if far from equal) but Second eschew the cutesy pop-rock trappings that the other girl groups seem to go for and their show is all the stronger for it. They're not exactly Happy Strings (the punk outfit that became Momo) but it's refreshing to see an all-girl band that doesn't feel the need to go all shiny happy girly girl. If you know what I mean.

Next up were Angry Jerks. Dan Shapiro put up an excellent intro to the band over on CityWeekend so I won't try and imitate that, you can check it out here. In it, Dan mentions that the band had been through a rumoured breakup and line-up reshuffle before hitting town. That certainly seems the case - gone was the double-bass and gone too were (most of) the quiffs. That meant less psychobilly and more old school punk. It was a pretty tight set and a good show nonetheless and they got the crowd buzzing.

Which meant by the time The Mushrooms took to the stage, the atmosphere was perfect. I got right in at the front from the off and only emerged at the end of the set (by which point I was pretty disgusting). Lead singer Pu Pu's signature on MSN this morning is "I saw you crying" and I certainly spotted at least one girl in the audience next to me in tears. I wasn't quite that emotional, but I was certainly sucked in to the atmosphere of the show and it was another classic Mushrooms performance.

0 TrackBacks

Listed below are links to blogs that reference this entry: The Mushrooms and Angry Jerks, Yuyintang.

TrackBack URL for this entry:


This was the first Mushrooms show I have missed at YYT for ages.


If you want a laugh go over to Layabozi review of the gig. The reviewer liked it but the review is a bizarre stream of consciousness that goes all over from descriptions of the band to forays on his own music taste, comments and justifications on China's scene and links to the concept of the 'noble savage'.

Here it is

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Jake published on August 23, 2009 11:41 AM.

Video: Zhi Wang live at Yuyintang was the previous entry in this blog.

RESO 7, Yuyintang is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.