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- Beijing Volume Two by Carsick Cars
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 October 2013
Do cars get car sick? Or do they get people sick? I know I do. We have a slew of 7”’s in from China, I’m hard pressed in the slither of time I’m given to review them all and am trying to work out which to write about in their own way. This one certainly is the one with a bit of radio friendly appeal. it starts off jangly like The Field Mice playing Dinosaur Jr songs and is moving along quite nicely before blasting into a indie-dancefloor filling chorus that could have come from the pens of The Cribs or Ash or some modern day lads like Splashh. A joyous thing indeed. The B side ventures down a dark snickleway where The Wedding Present have a shouty run in with Sonic Youth with some particularly bleak guitars.
10/10 Rick Maymi Customer review, 18th October 2013
Carsick Cars' big influences are The Velvet Underground, Television, Sonic Youth and The Clean. You can hear all of this in their sound (Their last album "You Can Listen You Can Talk" was produced by Wharton Tiers and their forthcoming album "3" was produced and mixed by Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) and Pete Kember (Spacemen 3). On this debut vinyl release, "Rock And Roll Hero" a widely revered "Yaogun" (Chinese Rock) anthem among the counter culture of China, is an instantly memorable, driving, hypnotic, hook-laden song. It relentlessly charges along, as if off to fight a war somewhere! It's one of those songs that sounds like it had to be written, as if it always existed and was just waiting for the right group of people to channel it from the ether! In other words, a classic! Yaogun is viewed by the censors as "subversive". The conditions under which "Yaogun" is produced are fragile and subject to change. It doesn't mean the same thing in China to be in a rock band as it does in the Western world. Musicians are viewed as free thinking revolutionaries, rebels determined to go against the grain. It's a profound social statement (not unlike the Western world of the late 1950's) There is no real infrastructure in China to maintain a sustainable music industry. These bands are not motivated by chart positions, or even royalty cheques. So, one must bare in mind when judging these bands that they're coming from a much different place, in every way. They are out to change the way people view the world around them. This is the first generation of people who have not grown up under the rule of Mao. They think very differently. They wish to communicate this to all who will listen. This is a "rock and roll revolution" taking place right now, its just happening in a place where most Westerners aren't going to find out about it. Revolution is definitely in the air in China! The B-side 'Mexico' is another driving rocker with cool slide guitars, only available on this release! :)
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