2012 Aug 17 The Beijinger New Music Showcase: Meet the Bands (Part 3)
Just one day to go until the Beijinger's New Music Showcase. Did you get your ticket yet? No need, you can pay your RMB 150 on the door. Not a bad deal for a day of top bands, beer and barbecue. We're getting very excited for the day now. Don't forget, the first band, Not There, take the stage at 4pm.
Here's part three of our 'Meet the Bands' series.
Bad Mamasan are set to serve up a dose of pure unadulterated heavy metal to the 2 Kolegas crowd from 10pm. Jaime Welton put the group together back in early 2008, and what started out as a vehicle to cover his favourite metal classics from the likes of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, has developed into a beast of it's own. Bad Mamasan are set to release an EP, Darwin Backfire, in September, a follow up to last year's album Jeanine the Wolverine, and we expect they'll provide a taste of their new material to the baying mob on Saturday.
Next up are underground kings SUBS. The punk rockers first got together back in 2002 making them veterans of the Beijing scene. SUBS are rock royalty in China and have toured the world extensively in recent years. Their sound draws inspiration from influences such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fugazi and the Hives. Their live performances are known for being riotous making their shows some of the hottest tickets in town. Fiercely independent, the band are beginning to become more of a fixture in the mainstream in recent times and featured in a high profile ad campaign for Adidas earlier this year. See SUBS perform at 11pm.
The Amazing Insurance Salesman will draw the show to a close at midnight. Brought together by Djang San in 2009, they achieved almost instant success winning the Global Battle of the Bands competition in Mainland China and Hong Kong back in 2010 after fending off challenges from 81 other bands. The Amazing Insurance Salesman are festival regulars here in China and have performed at the Zebra music festival and our very own Midi Music Festival. They released an EP, Escape, last year.
While all these top bands are playing inside the venue, Beijing hip-hop crew Nasty Ray will be spitting outside. The back alley freestyler, who lends the troupe his name, was first drawn to rap after hearing a sample of it on a video game. A huge Wu-Tang Clan fan, Nasty Ray got to fulfill an ambition supporting Ghostface Killah when he visited Beijing back in 2010.
Ray will be ably supported entertaining the outdoor hordes throughout the day by DJs Cyan, Naxx Noise, Lucy Wang and Shackup.
So there you have it. As if an unlimited stream of beer and a barbecue weren't enough for the cost of admission (RMB 150), we're also providing the best the city has to offer in new music, and some older favourites to round off what's sure to be a grand day out.