This gig was a last-minute decision, egged on by a friend of mine whose co-worker is in the band. I’d seen Not There previously, at the Early Halloween gig at Mao Livehouse last month, but this one was quite different, largely owing to the venue. Hot Cat Club is, along with being the closest venue to my house by far, a great little bar/club in the well-known complex that is Studio X on Fangjia Hutong. Even without the stage, it’s really awesome bar, with a folksy kind of vibe; it reminded me a lot of Jiangjinjiu, without the Yunnan paraphernalia (though the restaurant upstairs is more then enough awesome Yunnan to go around). There’s a foosball table and lots of comfy and eclectic furniture, and the stage is tiny but the sound system is good. On their Douban page, they have a couple of preferences that I hope they stick to: No less than two gigs a month and every gig is free. They also offer their venue as free rehearsal space for bands, and there’s something about recording albums as well… it seems like they’re doing some good work for the scene, and I hope they keep doing it.
Anyway, aside from the venue being awesome, the band was great, too. Despite a bit of a guitar string mishap and through looking for an extra guitar, they were engaging and interesting. Though this time there wasn’t any Ukranian rappers joining them on stage, they were a fun, energetic show and really rocked out. It’s bands like these who really go to show you that you don’t need lyrics to rock out. They also did a great plug for Movember, even though the month was mostly over, but I think the “anyone who doesn’t look like they should have a moustache” was probably a little misleading.… In any case, they were a great show and I hope to see them again, not least of which for their “sexy song”.