(First of all, sorry about the malware issue that beset this blog for the past couple of weeks. Finally got it solved with the help of some outsiders)
No, this isn’t a complaint about living in Shanghai or China, but rather – CONCERT! Yes, New York indie-pop-shoegaze band The Pains of Being Pure of Heart came through Shanghai as a preview of this year’s Jue! Festival and played in Shanghai at Mao Livehouse
The opening band was one of my favorite Shanghai bands – Boys Climbing Ropes, whom I’ve written about many times on here. They played a lot of new tunes which hopefully means a new album sometime soon. I didn’t recognize any of their songs except for “Socially Awkward” – so completely new material – at least to me.
Xiao Punk and Jordan
Then it was time for Pains of Being Pure of Heart. Reading a lot of the online chatter, a lot of people were mentioning “My Bloody Valentine” or shoegaze/noise-pop. But me, I hear a lot of Velocity Girl in their music.
This Love is Fucking Right
Higher Than the Stars
The Tenure Itch
Heart in Your Heartbreak
Say No to Love
Young Adult Fiction
A Teenager in Love
Heaven’s Gonna Happen Now
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
My Terrible Friend
Everything With You
Not really too much to say about the show – Pains were really great to see live. And up close. and for relatively cheap (120 RMB for pre-sale tickets – that’s like $18). One funny note was that Chinese American Peggy Wang, the keyboardist, got on the mic to greet the crowd in Chinese. She said “I’m happy to come to Shanghai. This is my first time. My Mandarin is really bad, I’ve been in the US too long” – her accent wasn’t great, but it was perfectly understandable.
Next up will be Death Cab for Cutie, also here for the Jue Festival, on Friday!