07 June, 2013

Carsick Cars

Formed in 2005, almost from the very beginning Carsick Cars have been at the center of the explosion in Beijing music and has received a mixture of snarling opprobrium, especially from some of their elders, and near-fanatic enthusiasm from their rapidly growing fan base among culturally sophisticated but alienated young Chinese around the country.
Their 20-city tour of China in March 2009 with label-mates The Gar has already passed into Chinese musical history as one of the key events in the development of the Chinese independent music scene, and their shows indicate how for many in the young audience Carsick Cars “belongs” to them as much as the young Bob Dylan “belonged” to his fans in the mid 1960s. Besides being one of the most admired and written-about bands in China, they have also received a huge amount of attention from musicians and critics in Europe, North America and Australia, having played in numerous festivals, most notably All Tomorrow’s Parties in the UK and the Primavera Sound in Barcelona, and touring with Sonic Youth in Europe. They have performed at SXSW every year since their first visit in 2010. They've toured Australia and most recently, held concerts in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City, where they recorded the forthcoming album '3'(available in early 2014) Produced and mixed by Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) and Pete Kember (Spacemen 3)

He Fan     Zhang Shouwang     Houzi

Maybe Mars 2014 
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Zhang Shouwang,Ban Ban,He Fan

Pangbianr 2011

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李青Li Qing 張守望Zhang Shouwang 李維斯Li Weisi

The Carsick Cars' long-awaited second studio album “You Can Listen, You Can Talk” following nearly two years after the explosive and almost joyful anger of their self-titled first CD, A.K.A.“Panda Noise”. Produced by P.K.14 frontman Yang Haisong, their first CD threw out into the Chinese indie scene some of its most iconic songs, including Zhongnanhai”, widely seen as the anthem of disenfranchised Chinese youth, and "He Sheng(和 声 )" A.K.A."Rock 'n' Roll Hero”, a standard for younger bands. 

Their new record was produced by legendary producer Wharton Tiers after New York composer John Myers caught a Carsick Cars show during his visit to Shanghai and was so struck by the band that he immediately began lobbying for Tiers to produce them. As might be expected, the second CD is much bleaker and more complex than the first, with delicate, shimmering songs side by side with powerful, rage-filled eruptions of noise and chaos. But for all their differences both CDs are marked by the almost magical song-writing skill of frontman Zhang Shouwang, whose facility for combining complex harmonic structures with beautiful melodies and straight ahead guitar riffs make him one of the best songwriters in the world. More matured as they are, the new album reveals their attempts to break down their thinking models. A range of instruments and composing styles were involved, with rich melodic structures and the various tones and playfulness with texture that has always been so beloved as a part of Chinese music. This album benefited greatly from the production work of Wharton Tiers, whose studio experience with some of the world’s leading bands has helped both in precision and intensity. Two years of accumulation and creativity have intensified their sharpness and increased the primal strength of their music. In this era of all-entertaining music, rock music has received its revival call and energy from Carsick Cars.

Maybe Mars 2009

Carsick Cars
Maybe Mars/Tenzenmen 2008

Suyin Records 2007

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