With a 3M filtered ‘comfort mask’ on my face this time, I spent another Saturday night at Yuyintang, with the almost always pretty roster of ladies in front row. Since the number of photos that deserve to be posted online this time was more than just the usual handful, I’d say it was a good gig, and since no one’s going to give me a pat on the back, I’ll go ahead and give myself one.
Was there on time, but the bands were only halfway done with their respective soundchecks. When it was Wheel of Fortune‘s turn, they played a bit of the ending song from the anime series K-on!. I went into a self-degrading nerd why-do-I-know-this mindset, facepalming myself this time, since there was this urge to confront the bassist or the singer with, and tell them: “You’re not Mio!” (Mio was the character who sang the song). Still there? Just to be clear, the band eventually had a fun set, and, as I was not well-versed in what I expect a few more Jrock covers, I wasn’t too sure if they did any more.
Chinese-named band Xiao Xin Yi Yi has two white guys, and a Filipino, which was mentioned during their set, highlighting that he’s a Filipino drummer who isn’t part of a Shanghai-based covers band. When a call for other Filipinos was made, I raised my hand, and there were two more, I think, at the back of the crowd. The band also stuck out since all the other bands were female-fronted… and now you know the very reason I went to the gig. Why else would I drag my comfy ass out of far-away Pudong? Anyhow, the band churned out punk-driven, pop ditties, and they were entirely righteous to sing to a Proclaimers song, with a Scottish fellow leading the way.
Candy Shop‘s set was actually enjoyable, maybe I wasn’t just in sync with their mood. They were charming, nonetheless. The band formula can probably be equated to: screamo + Mandarin (?) rap/hip-hop + that token love song with a chokful of heart signs from the vocalists, and vocal solos for each member of the band.
Most popular bands of the night: Daydreamer and Pink Berry. Ladies elbowed me to take over my front-row position during Daydreamer‘s set, and I let them since the vocalist was putting herself in an not-so-favorable angle to take photos with. No moshpit, but there was a collective pogo session happening. I couldn’t quite put a finger on the music. The vocalist sure had a Karen O vibe, but less in-your-face. Pink Berry reminds me of mainstream Pinoy rock’s more popular brands, but a little tighter, with a more-than-welcome cleaner guitar sound. Both bands had their share of enthusiastic crowd sing-alongs.
The complete Flickr photoset is here.
Douban event page (with links to band profiles)