The Beijinger’s New Festival Showcase at 2 Kolegas on Saturday mostly proved to be your standard gathering of drunken expats, except it produced one hell of a musical highlight: Residence A, a Beijing staple we featured in an Outro earlier this month, giving what I thought was the performance of the night around 8:30 pm. Reasonable music fans will disagree, and I admit I didn’t catch every act, but the energy was noticeably different with these guys on stage, to say nothing of musical phrasing and general ability.
Near the two-minute mark of the group’s final awesome performance, some shirtless drunken asshole got on stage and hopped around like a drunken asshole. That in itself was awful in the way that the antics of drunken assholes usually are, but then he tipped his half-finished bottle of Budweiser over lead singer Zhao Zhao’s head. If ever there was need for one of those cartoon umbrella handles that hook rascals off screen — sharply and with finality — this was it. UPDATE, 8/25, 12:06 am: We’ve been informed that the guy may be a friend of the band, so the possibility exists that this was one hell of a sweet publicity stunt.
Zhao Zhao, to his credit, never missed a beat, and neither did his companions. Six minutes later, after the song’s final note, they were fielding loud pleas for an encore. (Alas, the acts were already running late.) No one would have complained if they never left. Shortened Youku video for those in China after the jump; the full song – called 送春 (Delivering Spring) – is on YouTube, above.
Diggin’ it. Any word on where those of us in the hinterlands can buy/dl an album or tracks online?
Yup – they’re well reputed for producing and selling their own albums: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=13997058093 and http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=15796044943
Pangbianr has a couple more songs you can stream: http://pangbianr.com/new-jams-residence-a/
OK, this is the place for streaming: http://www.xiami.com/artist/top/id/94531
WTF? This is what you get for holding an all-you-can-drink event!
But, it also shows the professionalism of the band to keep going. These guys are awesome, they play with the same energy whether their playing to 5 people or 5,000.
For those in China:
Douban – http://site.douban.com/agg/
Weibo – http://weibo.com/u/2001300481
And for those outside:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ResidenceABand/
Bandcamp – http://residencea.bandcamp.com/