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Birdstriking / TVAM / Family Portraits

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Sonic Masala, Far Out Distant Sounds-Independent China中国独立 and Maybe Mars present:


In the spring of 2009, Birdstriking stood on D-22’s stage for the first time, quickly catching the attention of audience’s and experienced musicians.

The people found that despite occasional stumbles on stage, strings snapping and tuning issues, the band had impressive skill in arrangement and lyric writing. Their music is full of danger and passionate vitality. After observing several shows of Birdstriking, the sharp-sighted music label Maybe Mars decidedly signed with them.

Following their ever improving performance, Maybe Mars’ captain Michael excitedly described the band as one of the “self-confident new generation of Beijing bands” in an article he wrote for Universal about the Chinese underground music scene. In addition to receiving completely from Michael and other musicians, famous creative music website Noisey has made a mini-documentary for the band, and Ray-ban also invited them to play in the brand’s party show. Now, Birdstriking is the most fierce and aggressive new band of Maybe Mars.

Recently labeled by CNN as one of the pioneers of Chinese underground youth, their live shows are frenetic, with the lead singer pouring so much into his singing that he usually leaves the stage drenched in sweat.

They initially established a presence as one of the most exciting members of the new generation of bands coming out of Beijing following the No Beijing wave of bands in 2005-06. The group first achieved wider recognition in 2009 when they were selected as one of three bands to open at Yugong Yishan for PK14, Carsick Cars, and the Gar, a night that has gone down in Beijing legend when more than 300 students were turned away because the 1000-capacity club had sold out.

In 2014 they toured the UK supporting The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Anton Newcombe's A Recordings re-released Birdstriking's debut album.

"Birdstriking and the other bands coming out of China right now are enthusiastic to explore and find out what's their own music. And so that's a new energy in the same way that rock 'n' roll was new—young people finding their youth culture and expression," - Anton Newcombe, Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Like Joy Division forming at a Sex Pistols gig a couple of generations before, Birdstriking was born when guitarist He Fan and drummer Wang Xinjiu met at a Carsick Cars show at Beijing's legendary, now-shuttered rock club D-22. From Birdstriking's first time on that same stage in 2009, the band quickly established itself on the Beijing indie rock scene, becoming one of the leaders of a new generation of rockers born after 1990, growing when China was fully open to the West and now as likely to cite as influences homegrown talent like Carsick Cars and P.K. 14 as imported music like Sex Pistols and Joy Division.

This a very rare, must-see UK appearance.

In 2015 they had a successful North American tour.
In 2017 they released their new album “Holey Brain”, produced by BJM's Ricky Maymi and completed a successful tour of China, Australia and New Zealand



MV "25" (2017): ok, you can make me an admin :)

MV "Feed" (2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEmjqEriZbw

MV "KAKAKAKA" (2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak_3lJTXQKk

MV "Monkey Snake" (2016): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0lMNg9PYF0

Photos of the band by San Zi Jiang

TVAM - "TVAM is an artist that seems to exist without boundaries.
Often described as post-internet, the artist's work flits between the abrasive punk of Big Black, say, and the drifting electronic ambience of Warp legends Boards Of Canada." - Clash

TVAM is about to tour the UK with Russian kaleidoscopic shoegazers Pinkshinyultrablast, so will be honed and read to tear the roof off with his pulsing psych grooves!


Family Portraits - Family Portraits are a 3-piece group from Nottingham. 2 guitars, drums & occasional keyboard work.
Mid-Fi Post Punk undercoated with melodic tendencies.
Formed around August 2017, this will be their first show.

All for a fiver on the door. This will be a very special night - all three acts playing their first show in Nottingham!