Jan 18 2008, 1h46
Thu 17 Jan – Lonely China Day
(寂寞夏日) @ Star live's crowd looked like a sedated lounge audience. I've never seen nor heard Lonely China Day
before, but for a first listen and see I report, not bad.
It's kind of strange watching a live trio play with a laptop. The drummer was constantly a part of the moment, but the two guitarists at times looked as though they were mimicking a guitar role. The lead singer, Deng Pei, may have been peeved about sound quality. In spite of his troubles, his voice and gesticulations paired with the music as a whole brought out a Sigur Rós
I love lyrics and while Indie music promises me unique stories of love and angst, Lonely China Day
's music held its own; I'm still studying Mandarin (less than a year). Curious to know if they sounded just as good live, my brother bought a CD and I'd have to say both on CD and seen live are on par with each other.
Deng Pei left the stage in an awkward manner during the end of his last song. He danced around a little like Joy Division
's Ian Curtis, then stepped off front stage, clapping as if applauding the audience and walked off to the left and never returned. As soon as his guitarist and drummer had completed the song, they too left the stage and no one returned for a bow, a thank you
, or an encore. My guess is the audience disappointed them and their vanishing was their silent F'you
They're playing again tomorrow at Yu Gong Yi Shan
and this venue might be more promising with regards to ambiance.Event link on MySpace: http://collect.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=music.showDetails&Band_Show_ID=24334156&friendid=55933667Band Myspace link for more events: www.myspace.com/lonelychinaday