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Two bands from Asia featured on international project.
by MusicDish // Thursday, February 19, 2015 // News // 0 Comments

MusicDish announced that it placed two artists on their roster on Colectivo Bunka's official worldwide release of USB (United Sounds Bunka) Vol. 5th Continental Edition. China's biggest indie rock band Second Hand Rose's signature track "Picking Flowers" and Taiwanese indie rock band Bearbabes' song "Angel" are on the compilation that includes acts from Latin American, North American, European and Asian.



Music fans can download this new compilation disc for free at http://colectivobunka.net/united-sound-bunka/

USB (United Sounds Bunka) is the first international musical project that seeks to strengthen the dissemination and promotion of musical proposals whose musical influences are the Asian sounds. For Colectivo Bunka's 5th edition, they bring together 21 artists who transcend between Pop, Rock, Visual Kei, Electro, Jam, and other musical genres, strengthening this unbreakable link between Asia and Latin America along Singapore and Taiwan artists for the first time: Akinee (Peru), Allumina (Brazil), Bearbabes (Taiwan), Blackmoral (Indonesia), Dead Buttons (Korea), GAS (Spain), Haien Qiu (Argentina-China), Hellsakura (Brazil), I Am David Sparkle (Singapore), Invaders Must Die (Colombia), Kazha (USA), LOKA (Japan), Lolita Dark (USA), Love X Stereo (Korea), MOP of HEAD (Japan), mothercoat (Japan), SAGA (Japan-China-Korea), Second Hand Rose (China), Silhouette From The Skylit (Japan), Tokami (Japan), and White Noise (Spain).

SECOND HAND ROSE
The name Second Hand Rose comes from the notion that rock in China is a secondhand and imported endeavor—as such, the band's song "Leading a Dabbling Life" devolves into a Chinese sing-along version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." After more than a decade of winning over new fans around the country, earlier this year, Second Hand Rose played for a crowd of over 30,000 at the Strawberry Music Festival in Beijing, and last year they headlined a concert in Beijing's state-owned Workers' Gymnasium, one of the most prestigious venues in the country. The band's 2014 US tour was covered by major media outlets from the New Yorker to AFP and NY Times.
https://www.facebook.com/2ndHRose
http://www.youtube.com/user/2ndHrose
http://www.twitter.com/2ndHrose

BEARBABES
Bearbabes are a Taiwan alternative rock band influenced by Jazz, Blues, Folk and British rock. Since Bearbabes were formed in 2000, the band has released 3 self-produced studio albums, and performed over 600 shows, from major indie rock festivals to livehouse venues. In addition, Bearbabes has been invited to perform in New York, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and China. The lead vocalist Jia is recognizable by her distinctive comfortingly warm voice character and whisper singing style. Combinied with poetic lyrics and aggressive guitars, Bearbabes music style is composed of emotionally driven melodies, stemming from the different influences and music backgrounds of each member.
https://www.facebook.com/bearbabes.tw
https://www.youtube.com/user/bearbabes
http://bearbabes.com.tw/

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America, get ready for the unusual.
by Rob Campanell // Friday, August 22, 2014 // // 0 Comments

Second Hand Rose Chinese Rock Band

America, get ready for Chinese Rock-n-Roll. This is going to be the most unusual rock tour of 2014.   Second Hand Rose is preparing for its Useless Rock which kicks off in Boston on October 7. The tour continues on America's East Coast with stops in New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.

Back in 2000, singer Liang Long and suona (a wind instrument) player Wu Zekun shook up Beijing's underground music scene with a performance style that's part cabaret, part Chinese theater, and part rock 'n' roll dance party. Second Hand Rose eventually filled out to the current six-piece and set itself apart from its peers with live shows featuring tongue-in-cheek provocation.

The name Second Hand Rose comes from the notion that rock in China is a secondhand and imported endeavor—as such, the band's song "Leading a Dabbling Life" devolves into a Chinese sing-along version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal."

Liang is known to perform in partial drag, at times a nod to the Shanghai glamour girls of the 1930s or taking on the aspect of a People’s Liberation Army general wearing lipstick, while guitarist Yao Lan regularly strips down to his underwear before taking the stage. Performances incorporate a stage tradition from China's northeast called Two Taking Turns, a playful, sexually charged form of verbal sparring between a male jester and female beauty, though in the case of Second Hand Rose, Liang Long takes on both roles.

Earlier this year, the band played for a crowd of over 30,000 at the Strawberry Music Festival in Beijing, and last year they headlined a concert in Beijing's state-owned Workers' Gymnasium, one of the most prestigious venues in the country.

 


 

To fund their travels, the band just launched a crowdfunding campaign through PledgeMusic. Fans can buy tickets to any of the club shows or pick up items from the band's clothing line, Red & Green. The patterns are designed by Liang Long and based the classic floral prints of northeastern China, instantly recognizable throughout the country for the clashing color combinations that are considered overly garish in traditional Chinese painting.

Second Hand Rose USA Tour poster
 

 

 

Useless Rock Tour 2014

Saturday, October 5 Modern Sky Festival in Central Park, New York, NY

Tuesday, October 7 at Cafe 939, Boston, MA

Wednesday, October 8 Press conference, 310 E. 44th Street, New York, NY

Thursday, October 9 "Useless Rock and Chinese Communist Party Sponsorship" lecture at the China Institute, New York, NY

Friday, October 10 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC

Sunday, October 12 Fashion launch hosted by Hip Hop USA, venue TBA, New York, NY

Wednesday, October 15 at Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, October 19 at Webster Hall, New York, NY