It”s really hard to describe friday night’s show at Yugong Yishan! The bill featured a bunch of bands that had the potential to make some noise ( Streets Kill Strange Animals, Cassette, Yantiao) along with Shanghai’s X is Y and finally Beijing’s reigning champs: The Amazing Insurance Salesmen
I was quite curious about the first 3 but I’ll sum it up in very few words: They were out of their league! Cassette needs a few more months in the garage before they can even pretend to play a venue like that. Strange Animal showed some prowess but were extremely inconsistent. Yan Tiao…. sorry!
By the time X is Y came on, half of the audience had walked out!
I’m gonna reserve judgement on the Shanghaiers for now since i was fairly tired/pissed off/disappointed by the time they came on and might not be fair towards them. Still, they sounded better than the record and had lots of energy on the stage! I did spend a big part of their show wondering who they reminded me of because I seemed to anticipate every single one of their song progressions. There were some hints of the Verve Pipe if you’ve ever heard them bu no one agrees with me on that
Interestingly enough, someone complained that they didn’t sound like their LP which goes to show that tastes are a personal thing. I hope they had a better audience at D-22 the following evening.
AIS came on to close the show, much to the band’s dismay who had hoped they could go on earlier… and let me tell you guys, they salvaged the evening in style! I haven’t seen them play in a few weeks so I was quite curious to see if there were any changes in preparation for next week’s GBoB. Nay, not really.. These guys are not the kind to change the way they do things. Musically sound, entertaining, and one of the tightest units in Beijing… These guys are becoming a joy to watch. They’ve improved so much in the year or so that I’ve been watching them! Even the usually critical Froog stuck around for the show and sang their praise.
Way to Go AIS…