According to the graffiti in D22, Beijing’s answer to CBGB’s, the Chinese love their mum’s, their country, and Carsick Cars.
It’s not hard to see why. Writing Pixie-esque noise-rock songs that never lose sight of a catchy musicality tends to make you a few fans. Which is why Carsick Cars are not only a mainstay of the Chinese punk rock scene, but have also toured America and Europe, playing festivals like Primavera, SXSW and All Tommorrow’s Parties.
Live, the act are a force to be reckoned with. Hook laden songs are wretched apart by white noise in a fashion that would please fans of Jesus and the Mary Chain, Suicide or The Velvet underground. Performances of subversive favourite Zhong Nan Hai – the name of both a cigarette brand and a metonym for the Chinese leadership – see the band bombarded by loose cigarettes from the crowd, in a ritual that perfectly represents how important this band are to alternative music in China.