I first saw Shanren almost a year ago exactly at Jiangjinjiu Bar. One year on, and the only thing that was different was that instead of standing crammed up at the back near the door, I was sitting on a stool right next to the stage within spitting distance of the inimitable Xiao Budian. Jiangjinjiu is still a cramped little venue, and even though I didn’t turn up as early as I wanted, it meant that instead of being shuffled over to make room for latecomers, I was the latecomer who got to sit closer to the stage because of it. And to be quite honest, Shanren is the sort of band that needs a bigger stage, not because they fill it with noise and enthusiastic guitar solos, but because it gives Xiao Budian room to move.
Generally, I try not to have favorites within a band. I like to give the whole band love and recognize them as a group. But sometimes, one person sticks out more than the rest, and in Shanren that person is easily Xiao Budian. Read more