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
with The Jungfraus Blanketman respectfulchild and DJ Andy Woods