Queen Sea Big Shark @ Mao Livehouse

Queen Sea Big Shark is one of Beijing’s most well-known indie bands. I would say they’re like if Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs fronted Franz Ferdinand with a lot more Korg keyboards and a spacey sound. People around the internets tend to classify them as “dance punk” – so throw in a splash of LCD Soundsytem and that might their sound. You can click through to their MySpace page above to listen to some tracks – I really like Wave and CBD. Anyways they were in Shanghai on Friday, playing at the new Mao Livehouse – conveniently just a ten minute bus ride from my apartment, so I made it down to see them.

Almost immediately after getting there I run into Jenn and we make our way into the new space. I do like it a lot more than the old Mao, especially since it’s a 15 RMB cab ride, instead of 40, but it also seems a lot more cozy but the sound system and A/V technology is all carried over from the old place.

I know that opinions on the China English blogosphere are fairly mixed about QSBS, but the great rhythm section, the electronic backing and Fu Han’s amazing stage presence made for an especially rocking show. The crowd was REALLY into it – lots of jumping and dancing, stage diving and a lot more energetic than I’ve seen at most Chinese rock shows. A lot of people were really excited to see Queen Sea Big Shark and it showed.

Here’s some photos from that night – I am really thinking about that Micro 4/3rds since with my wide angle Ricoh, I couldn’t get close enough to catch some Fu Han action (she’s amazing on stage).

Queen Sea Big Shark




Here’s video from the Wuhan Stop of this tour (for their new album ‘Waves’)

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6 Responses to Queen Sea Big Shark @ Mao Livehouse

  1. WoAi says:

    Sounds like someone has a bit of a Fu Han crush! My colleague went to this as well I think, or that’s the excuse he gave for not joining me for dinner on Friday. I’ll ask him how amazing she was.

    The one and only time I’ve been to Mao was to see Pet Conspiracy which I did enjoy immensely.

  2. Terence says:

    @WoAi – She’s very striking looking – not attractive in a traditional sense, but has HUGE presence. Honestly if I was picking local Chinese rock singers to have a crush on, it would probably be Sammy from Candy Shop.

    This is the new Mao – the one you went to was down in Red Town (Huaihai West and Hongqiao) right? This one is Chongqing Nan Lu and Jianguo Lu.

  3. WoAi says:

    My goodness that’s much closer. Yes, the one I went to was at the opposite end of Huaihai Rd to where I live (East Huaihai). It could hardly be any further. I may have to pay a visit soon.

  4. Terence says:

    Yeah – we’ll see how well they do business wise. I hope there’s enough medium sized live shows (the smaller ones will still go to YYT) to keep them as a viable business.

  5. Dingle says:

    Good lord, that’s just round the corner from me, I’ll have to pop round for a look, it’s at The Bridge is it?

  6. Terence says:

    @Dingle – It’s JUST south of the Bridge, on the Chongqing Nan Lu side. Probably about 100m from the corner.

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