Low Bow/Dinged Up – 1st February 2015

Cat #: 170TZM

Bow low, my friends! The FAST SON’s coming and you don’t wanna lock eyes when he rises. Yes, it’s LOWBOW, and ooohhhhhh… “All of your future, stuck in your past / you still can’t work out why you’ll never last.” Baby. Sounds like these two rippers were cut fast & loose in ‘72, but no sirree, they got laid down last year right here in the P.R. of C, where time has ceased to be. LOOKOUT! You know the Fast Son moves quicker than the mutants on the bottom of the East China Sea, and “you can’t win with a draw.” LOWBOW, you see, rode from Dublin to D-22 on the wings of a faded dream and rebooted himself in the image of Bo Diddley’s ghost, putting his own grease on them post-proto-punk, gutter-oil-blues stompers we’ve come to need, all gold lamé and lightning speed. LOWBOW’s seen less than the Loch Ness ‘round these parts these days, but you know he’ll be back: that Fast Son won’t stay off the wagon for long. 

DINGED UP, on the other side, is just that. Their nearest metropole is Baltimore, for Poe’s sake! Their two tunes on this end of the slab won’t get you too down, but rest assured they are both “Made of Grief.” Recommended for fans of: six-note solos, suburban burnout blues, Saccharine Trust – Paganicons, 21st century garages (they no longer hold cars, just withering ennui and empty space, amps, drums). DINGED UP’s about to rain down on a city near you, USA ladies and dudes. They fly on the late summer winds like a trio of tumbleweeds. Dust off and suit up, Big Red, these two are for you.

LOW BOW 

All tracks conceived, written & performed by LOW BOW 
LOW BOW are Richard Doran (Electric Git & Vox) Michael Cupoli (Drum & Drum) 

Audio recording and final mastering by Mr. Yang Hai Song. Summer, 2013 in the People’s Republic Of China. 

LOW BOW hope that you find this recording to be of a professional standard. Served best via headphones or on A.M. radio. 

Thank you for purchasing this recording legally. Now, why not tell a friend that further LOW BOW recordings of HI fidelity standards can be found at  lowbow.bandcamp.com

For information or parenting tips,  lowbowband@gmail.com

DINGED UP 

All tracks written & performed by 
Joe Rankin 

Engineered by Jason Nicholls 
Produced & mixed by Joe Rankin & Jason Nicholls 
All recording, engineering & mixing took place Fall 2013 at Mutant Sun Studio in the U.S.A. 
Mastered by Chris Bentley in Fall 2013 at The Bunker studio, also in the U.S.A.  

dingedup.bandcamp.com
josephmrankin@gmail.com

Beijing photo by Richard Doran 
Western Maryland photo by Brad Reiter 
Additional artwork by Jason Nicholls 
Graphic Design by Jesse Davis 

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Imported under license for Australia.

Snapline – Phenomena – 2nd August 2012

Cat #: 112TZM

By the time of release in the US, Snapline’s ‘Future Eyes’ (produced by Martin Atkins (PiL/Pigface)) didn’t meet the constantly evolving vision of the band.
With the support of Beijing label Maybe Mars, the band re-recorded many of the tracks and added others to complete something that more clearly expressed their artistic direction.
For Snapline ‘Phenomena’is a recording of clarity, keeping all the sounds pure – presence, tone, rhythm and frequency are all united. Vibration, sound, recording, phenomena – Snapline softly mix all these things together.

Various Artists – Generation Six – 25th October 2011

Cat #: 075TZM

2008 and 2009 has seen the formation of an impressive group of young bands in Beijing that are different from their predecessors and prove that the now-legendary generation of bands that started in 2004 and 2005 are by no means the final phase of the explosive creativity of Beijing music. Grouping themselves under the name of Generation 6 as a way of asserting their differences, these young bands perform with a level of confidence and sophistication that comes much more naturally to them than to the bands that preceded them. 

For much of the decade, pioneering musicians in Beijing had struggled to develop a scene with very little history to guide them. Most of them looked to foreign bands for their models because there was no home-grown talent that could offered them inspiration on how to be a Chinese rock and roll band. 

But the Generation 6 bands grew up in a completely different environment. For them China, and especially Beijing, offered one of the most exciting music scenes in the world, with a wide variety of innovative and successful bands and musicians that had received attention not only in China but throughout the world. 

There are at least fifteen or twenty very good Beijing bands that consider themselves part of Generation 6. Many of them see their home base as D-22, which has in the past year turned away from the music that made the club famous in 2007 and 2008 to dedicate itself primarily to this new generation of bands. Maybe Mars has selected four of the most representative bands to introduce the Generation 6 bands to a wider audience. This will be great chance to see early on the bands that will dominate interest over the next three to four years. 

Four selected bands in album: 

In just two years Rustic has become one of the most talked-about bands in Beijing because of their outrageous performances and hard-charging glam rock style. In early 2010 they went to London to represent Asia in the Global Battle of the Bands and unanimously took first place – the first time every judge had agreed on the winner. They consider Joyside to have been their key inspiration although they regularly show up at the gigs of Demerit and all their favourite Beijing punk bands. 

When Birdstriking’s drummer, who grew up in Jinzhou, had to choose which university he would attend, there was no doubt in his mind that it had to be in Beijing because he wanted to be able to catch every performance of his favorite band, Carsick Cars. Heavily influenced by their sonic exploration, as well as by the intensity of P.K.14, Birdstriking’s urgent music have made them one of the key bands of the young experimental musicians who congregate around Zhu Wenbo’s Zoomin’Nights. 

Flyx is a young punk band who combine a driving energy with an ability to craft beautiful songs, almost pop songs, much like their heroes, punk gods Demerit. 

The band Old Fashion’s name is from lines “I am not old fashion” of Audrey Hepburn in George Cukor’s old movie My Fair Lady. They keep “old” traditional rock & roll way, as well as keep “anti-old” musical creative idea. After four years’ growth, Old Fashion has found their way from garage-revival to disco punk and become a popular band among the youth. 

Various Artists – Zoomin’ Night Vol 1 – 14th October 2011

Cat #: 073TZM

They love giving impromptu shows on Tuesday nights. 
They love playing in unconventional configurations. 
They love making sounds out of anything they can carry on to the stage. 
They love unpredictable musical performances. 
They love making one song constantly became another. 
They love the Zoomin’ Night. 

Zoomin’ Night – the name of a song by P.K. 14 – is also a series of shows of experimental music / noise rock held every Tuesday at D-22 in Beijing. It was inspired by other experimental music series such as the Waterland Kwanyin, Sugarjar Sunday Listen- ing and Sheng Dong Ji Xi. Reflecting the type of music they create, most of the Zoomin’ Night participants are creative and young musicians. They arrange sounds, start new bands and re- group constantly. They have found a home at D-22 and profess to draw their inspiration from Beijing’s energetic cacophony. 

In January 2010, Yang Haisong came to D-22 to record all their live shows that month. Most of the bands recorded were newly formed in 2009. Maybe Mars selected 9 songs from the recordings, putting them into a compilation. Additionally, buyers can download 32 additional tracks with a download-code enclosed in each CD. 

On November 19-20, 2010 the premiere of this compilation album was held at D-22. There were 8 groups of performers including: noise rock, psychedelic rock, post-punk, minimalism, improvisation, and synthesizer mu- sic. Most of the performers are included in this album. 

The Zoomin’ Night on November 23rd was the official “after party” for the premiere: five young musicians who took part in the album gave a personal solo performance, ranging from classical music to atmospheric experimental, and from minimal electronic music to industrial jazz. 

Carsick Cars – You Can Listen, You Can Talk – 1st October 2011

Cat #: 030TZM

The second studio album from Carsick Cars is the long-awaited “You Can Listen, You Can Talk” from Carsick Cars,” following by nearly two years the explosive and almost joyful anger of their first CD, “Panda Noise”. 

Produced by P.K.14 frontman Yang Haisong, their first CD threw out into the Chinese indie scene some of its most iconic songs, including “Zhongnanhai”, widely seen as the anthem of disenfranchised Chinese youth, and “Rock and Roll Hero”, a standard for younger bands. 

Their new record was produced by legendary producer Wharton Tiers after New York composer John Myers caught a Carsick Cars show during his visit to Shanghai and was so struck by the band that he immediately began lobbying for Tiers to produce them. As might be expected, the second CD is much bleaker and more complex than the first, with delicate, shimmering songs side by side with powerful, rage-filled eruptions of noise and chaos. 

But for all their differences both CDs are marked by the almost magical song-writing skill of frontman Shouwang, whose facility for combining complex harmonic structures with beautiful melodies and straight ahead guitar riffs make him one of he best songwriters in the world.

Liu Kun – Hey, Young Man – 23rd September 2011

Cat #: 072TZM

Liu Kun, born in Zhelaizhai county after the 1980s, firmly believes that he is the descendent of a Roman soldier, who was besieged with his army during a war in Zhelaizhai two thousand years ago. He often dreams of himself being a soldier, raising his sword on a running horse, breaking open a way through brambles and thorns, however, wakes up to find his arms painful and aching, realizes that all was nothing but a dream. Anyway, he isn’t bothered by the mysteries of his DNA at all, because he finds art more fascinating. As a little boy in a town, he was never too eager to show himself by dancing, singing and playing drums and guitars, despite the rough stage of that little shabby theater. There he would feel like being in a dream once the lights were on. Years later, he went to Lanzhou for further education, and that was a university. He soon became a sincere and dedicated lover to drama, joining the school drama troupe, writing plays and acting on stage, he was full of energy to lead his company to success. And quite out of expectancy, a feature program was made for this energetic young man by the local TV station. Anyway, he isn’t bothered by this issue at all. It is the parents who were worried: Will you study ,study, or study? 

When graduation time drew near, he encountered a life-long buddy: Rock. Moved by his braveness, purity, and persistence, he followed this buddy onto the road of music, and realized that music is connected with soul. He established the band ‘Rust on the lip’ in 2003, which then got the present name, ‘Low Wormwood’, and became the lead singer. Every year he leads his band for a tour around China and has made several albums: <The absinthe>, <Low Wormwood>, <Upstream of Yellow River>, and <We can’t help kissing each other>. He plays football during part time, meets friends and makes plan for art exhibitions. Cooperated with the Barn Gallery in Lanzhou, he held a modern art exhibition called ‘Replacement’ in 2007, in which his works ‘Sound field in Lanzhou’ and ‘Talk’ were displayed, together with the works of Wang Dong, a young artist. He also planned an art exhibition of sound and devices in 2009. 

He met Michael, boss of Maybe Mars, on his tour in Beijing during October 2008. Their ideas on music are unbelievably alike, so he then joined Maybe Mars and co-founded with Xiao He the folk music brand ‘Maybe Horse under Maybe Mars. He published his first record <Hey, Young Man> in 2010. 

• 2003 formed the band Low Wormwood in Lanzhou 
• 2007-2009 modern art exhibition “Replacement” held in Lanzhou 
• 2009 formed Maybe Horse as a unit of Maybe Mars Records 
• 2010 debut album released Hey, Young Man 

Dear Eloise – The Words That Burnt – 1st April 2011

Cat #: 056TZM

It’s not surprising if you haven’t heard of Dear Eloise. They are a mysterious band known by very few people. But once you have listened to their songs, they will be branded into your heart. 

The band came out around 2007, no definite date. It’s just an extension from a simple idea. Dear Eloise are Yang Haisong (P.K.14’s vocal) and his wife Sun Xia (P.K.14’s former bassist). No more words are needed, you will know how fantastic they are. 

In their new debut album, 8 songs, like 8 journals, are the monologue of frail, words that were burnt. Not only is the melody as pure and beautiful as a childish rhythm, but also the background is as noisy as an aged guitar factory. However, the songs have delicate fluctuations and layers similar to a possessed river, the water of which keeps flowing without stop, while rumbling in marvelous dark and light colors. After silence is demolished by noise within a second, a sweet but defenseless angel appears on the ruins with a peaceful and merciful look. She has a voice like a beam of light. Besides, her white feet moving in the darkness not only seem to be a piece of poem flowing in summer, they also sound like mumbling in cool well water or under large shades. In addition, the noise is performed magically and mysteriously appears to build up like looming rain drops. In this aural atmosphere of dimness, the swinging lights bring discomfort and anxiety . 

For most people, it is a brilliant album. What is rare is that it attracts people with its’ innocence and purity. Let’s imagine a picture in which the stars scald the sky and we crouch down on the lawn, stretching out our necks putting pressure on our knees. We look up to the dim but exciting glimmer, which hurts our eyes. Will we then cry? 

The world you imagine is very far away. It resembles a fading cigarette end or a scar… If you can find meaning to my voice, then you can comprehend this fairy tale. Get out of the fluttering dream, dear Eloise. I am going to take you to a lively and awesome place where there are castles and festivals and days go by with a roar. 

Joyside – Maybe Tonight – 28th February 2011

047TZM

After a short break Joyside have released their final e.p. – a double disk with 6 new songs and a dvd – a documentary of their 2007 Europe tour.

Beer, cigarettes, hormones, pogo, restless, out of control, sorry…these words have appeared more and more often in the dictionary of cult youths. Vintage guys are everywhere in Gulou street and the girls who come to watch the show keep changing but Joyside still cannot be copied. 

Neon, polka dot, gorgeous peony, aurora over the city – the design of the new e.p. shows perfectly the temperament of the new Joyside – romantic, psychedelic, enchanting, beautiful with sorrow. Joyside desperately prays for the nice things in this new e.p. but sometimes, the dreams are disillusionment.

Joyside has really changed. Their music is no longer the weapon for resistance but the media to convey emotions. As a result, the melody is more fluent and the composing is more fruitful. 

Singer Bian Yuan keeps saying that life is meaningless. Humanity is meaningless. No light, no hope, cold, hard…..these are his usual expressions. But on the other hand, maybe these mean he has a shy and anxious desire for the warmth, light and love! The philosophy of Joyside is contradictory and repeating. They express love by chaos and break, or express despair by sweet and romantic. ‘The Last Song for the Endless Party’ will make you consider what a scene it could be? The last song for the endless party, the last kiss for the endless love. Life is short. We don’t know whether to live happily or to die sadly.