Harsh noise hits Heilongjiang.
P.R.C.M (中國絞肉機) last week, in Harbin.
This gig almost did not happen. It was originally scheduled at "The Door", but the Chengguan had other plans, locking down the main bar street in the city for an undetermined amount of time. For an undetermined reason. Leaving everyone to keep their front lights off, and lay low. Such is life in China.
Moving shows can be a disaster, and that being said, I am truly amazed at how this went down, especially for a city such as this. I don't mean to rag on Harbin. Really. It's just that, this type of thing, it just doesn't happen here. Even neighboring Dalian, home to bands like Wang Wen, is simply spotted with shows throughout the year, but Harbin, Shenyang, and Changchun, where many of these acts come from, it's still very much a crawling toddler in the grand scheme.
Six acts performed in just over three hours. Artists from Yunnan province, Changchun, Switzerland. Live visuals. A kraut rock band. A lot of people showed up. They actually put money in the donation hat. I have seen hundreds of rooms totally clear out for more tame things than much of last night, but everybody stuck right where they were, all the way until the end. I can't begin to describe how happy it all made me.
Thanks so much to everyone who made it what it was. It really means a lot to us. Dongbei, GOOD JOB! Stoked on summer. Bands : Come hang! Cheers.