August 16, 2008

Rocking in a dirty Beijing basement bar at 3am

With the eyes of everyone in the world on Beijing right now (except me, much to my mother’s horror), what with all the synchronized diving and underage gymnasts, this video from VBS.tv is very timely. I had no idea that China had a burgeoning punk scene — very cool. They say:

We hitched up with some cool kids who sounded like they knew what they were talking about and they dragged us all over the Beijing’s underground music scene, into dirty alleys and dirtier bars so we could get a taste. Even though we were thousands of miles away from NYC in a foreign land, some things really are just universal. Like partying in a basement at 3am and flinging beer all over the place and rocking your face off. We liked these three bands the most.”

THE BEIJING UNDERGROUND: DEMERIT (MySpace)

Other band profiles in the series:

Brain Failure – Has China started the fabled 4th Wave of Ska?

Subs – Adding a Chinese entry to the international Subs mix

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