Welcome to the future! Snapline dusts off one from the vaults, a new two-song slammer with material from the pre-Phenomena (2012), pre-Future Eyes (2011) times, created in their hearts & minds ca. 1982 for a series of never-aired infomercials canonizing China’s proud martial might and technological prowess.
Yes, though the band’s members had only just been born, they were already on the vanguard. This is the sound of disaffected technical university dropouts graduates with honors. This is what’s been in the water. “Paper General” blasts it off at march speed, written for the happiest army in human history. Tens of thousands of men and women standing, smiling like the technicolor postcard you once saw in a kitsch shop. Operators Li Qing and Li Weisi stack the kosmische filter sweeps and pure analog noise generators with Snapline’s trademark loose cohesion. You can almost hear their fingers at the switches! While the picture adjusts (it never quite does), Chen Xi barks the orders. “Turn your radar ON!” His voice is almost lost in the static. Which is the signal and which is the noise? “It could be thousands of ways / to say a word in different tones.”
Next stop: “Wasteland.” The path forward seems infinite but your trip lasts just over seven minutes. Scientific progress sounds like a rickety synthesizer shuttling too close to the sun. Even the control melts. The rhythm is vaporized. It never mattered. Return to earth and you no longer recognize what you once called home. Spin it, flip it, repeat.
Living Loving Maid, Rainbow Danger Club, Mr Graceless, XP, The Beijinger, Jin, Slinkrat, Split Works, The Dyne, Nevin Domer, Genjing, Snapline, Beijing Daze, Red Rock, Jonathan Campbell, Asia Society, Time Out
Josh Feola, Slinkrat, Piangbianr, Damage Blanket, Reykavictim, Adam McRae, YuYinTang, Death To Giants, Beijing Music Journal, Snapline, Jeff Yiu, Skip Skip Ben Ben, Ben Ben, Smart Beijing, Han Han, Duck Fight Goose
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.
Snapline, Tiny Mix Tapes, Josh Feola, Mao Livehouse, Deadly Cradle Death, Live Music Beijing, Skip Skip Ben Ben, Birdstriking, Chui Wan, White+, Matthew Niederhauser, MDNPhoto, Backyard Surgeons, Shanghai 24/7, Layabozi, Hedgehog, Meat Sucks, Rock In China, Cool Hunting, Xiao He, Yan Jun, Li Daiguo, Tea Rockers Quintet, Torturing Nurse, Deaf Sparrow, Duck Fight Goose, World Of Chinese, King Ly Chee, Shanghaiist, Mr Fossy, Rustic, Pitchfork, Red Rock, Beijing Daze, Jon Campbell, Post Rock, Time Out, Pairs, Foxy Digitalis, UndergroundHK, Bomb Shop, Genjing, SXSW, Core In China
DaBaoGe, Layabozi, Brad Ferguson, Shanghai 24/7, Mensheng, Rock In China, Die In Velvet, Monkey King, Changsha, Ashetemato, Chengdu, Moon Tyrant, Arcane Saints, This Town Touring, Friend Or Foe, We Are Shanghai, Beijing Gig Guide, AV Okubo, Snapline, The Gar, D-22, SS20, Helen Feng, Nova Heart, The Spill
X is Y, Rock In China, Li Jianhong, China Free Improvisation, Carsick Cars, P.K.14, Hindustan Times, Variety, Li HongQi, PopMatters, Red Rock, Jonathan Campbell, Syyfal, Rainbow Danger Club, Guai Li, Jon Davis, Rocket To China, Snapline, Hedgehog, The Beijinger, Ricky Sixx, Rustic