Carcass – MAO Livehouse, October 9
After spending two months home, I am back in Shanghai, typing this post in a window-less temporary abode, in a far-flung location, where it was dead quiet during the Chinese New Year festivities, I had to squint from the building rooftop to see fireworks from miles, miles away.
So here’s a brief rundown of last year’s backlog of gigs:
Carcass was great, and their brand of modern metal originating way back 1985 was compelling, and did not sound dated. Hear that metalcore? Though I do admit I am not at all familiar with their material. The ladies occupying the first row had a much better grasp of the band’s songs, mouthing the lyrics, banging head. I left with a guitar pick, which I don’t normally ask for, but won’t mind getting
The Echo Park Music Festival (Shanghai Rugby Football Club, September 19) was a promising event, though I really only went for one band: Envy. I witnessed their incredible set back in 2011 for their Asia tour, and I was ready for another one. This time, they slowed down from their usual relentless pace, but the commanding atmosphere was still present. The only other act that left an impression on me was Young Fathers, and I’m still not sure how to process what happened there: they were a definite must-see, but I wasn’t rushing to go home online to get familiar with their discography.
The Second East Asia Shoegaze Festival (Yuyuntang, August 29) was an event I’m happy to know exists, and would must likely watch the next time. The last act of the night was a Japanese rock band who you wouldn’t really file under shoegaze, and due to some failed arrangement, will play at some other venue. The music that night was good and hearty, so I just hailed a cab home right after, and didn’t bother to re-locate.
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