Since I was unable to catch the Shanghai contingent due to my work being absolute slave drivers last week, I hit up Dos Kolegas on Saturday night for some of Beijing’s great bands. The night started out with four-piece band Me Too, who have been around the circuit more than a few times but I’ve never gotten to see them before. At least, I assume that the first band was Me Too. Seeing as most bands here still haven’t gotten the hang of introducing themselves (except for Candy Monster, who I will now never forget because they say their name after every song), and Me Too don’t seem to have any performance photos up, it makes it difficult for me to tell whether it really was them or just another band that sounds a lot like them. In either case, they were great. They had a great energy on stage, and worked together really well. They really reminded me that bands who get out there every other week (they’ve performed 13 times that I know of since I started the Gig Guide in October) might not have as big a following as some, but their work pays off in the quality of their sound and performance.
The next two acts I definitely recognized, because I’d seen them before.
Steely Heart is, as everyone reading should know, a favorite of mine. I love seeing them, and will quite probably never get sick of their bored rocker act. Their songs are infectious and catchy without being saccharine and poppy, their lyrics are totally incomprehensible but fun to sing along to anyway, and their rock is hard enough to have an edge but not so hard it hurts your ears. Even if you stand right up front. Read more