Duck Fight Goose
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November 21st, 2009, they performed during the Rock for Roots & Shoots event at the Yuyintang, Shanghai. According to Jake Newby: Together with Panda, they played one of the strongest shows I've seen them play so far and really got people going. The crowd filled up a bit during their set too and this certainly helped the atmosphere.
January 30th, 2010, they performed as support act for BCR's release party for their new record Except for the Darkness at Yuyintang. According to Jake Newby: I know I say this every time I see them, but they just get better and better. The bar is already pretty high from their previous performances, but each time they play, they just seem to improve on it. Again, I'm running out of superlatives for them, but they really are that good. If you've never seen this band play before, you seriously need to get along to their next show, they are outstanding. July 31st they performed at the Eat Naked Lunch event at Yuyintang. According to Layabozi: Saturday night DFG gave it their all, presenting musical fugue states that threatened to boil over into complete lunacy. Their music has a lot of unexpected twists and turns, which keep you on your toes. On August 6th, they performed as supporting act to Handsome Furs at the Yuyintang. According to Jake Newby: Last night they played as Trios, with Xiao Zhong's sister's boyfriend smashing the shit out of some stuff on stage while they played. They're nothing if not inclusive. Good for them, I'm all about widening participation. They were great. On December 18th, they released their EP Flow on Miniless Recordings. December 27th, they won the title of Band of the Year and Best Album Packaging/ Cover Art awarded at the 2010 Shanghai Grammys by the Cityweekend Shanghai.
In September 2011, DFG was interviewed by Pangbianr. Asked how has DFG’s music changed or evolved (and what) are your current influences?, Han Han responded:
From the very beginning of DFG, we hope the sound of us will be unique and evolving constantly. And that’s why we never want to tag our music. The first EP is heavily influenced by some modern math rock bands and based on layers and loops. But after that we rethink all the songs, I mean kind of re-design the previous concept. The original idea is to make all the songs out of normal beats and stuctures, to make them sound different at the first listening. It’s a radical way but gradually we think it’s time to abandon some of these thoughts – we’ve been there already. And we realize that most of the former bands were doing almost the same thing – to rebel the context of pop music rather than expressing what we are and what we feel about the city and the country we are living in. And that’s what these new songs are about – the strange structure, lyrics, sounds, EFX, everything else will serve for one purpose – to describe what we truly feel and build a bridge for us and the audience to communicate, which I think is the most interesting and meaningful purpose. If we want unique sounds, it’s just natural to make the music sounds like what we are, because we are unique individuals. Normally, talking about influences will mislead everyone. But I think Steve Reich and Tortoise lie in the core of our influences. They are symbols of music in modern or even post-modern societies and fearless of showing what they are.
In October, DFG was interviewed by Coincide. Asked about "what can we expect from the new album and can you tell us about what led to this evolution? When will the record be released?" they responded:
All sounds in the new album will be more complex but vocals will have a little “set back”, it’ll be more original and without too many decorations. This evolution is just kind of a choice, our songs changed after Flow and the atmosphere of songs requires the vocal to change. Normal and natural for me. If everything goes well the new LP will be out around Nov/Dec.
On December 15th, they released their LP Sports on Maybe Mars.
In January they were interviewed by Layabozi. Asked about their recently released record Sports, Han Han responded:
Actually this is our first LP, it has eleven songs, and it’s called Sports. The theme is kind of related to sports, but not directly, we are not describing men running, or something like that. It’s deeper than that, because sports are about competition, there’s someone that loose, someone that wins, it’s kind of a reflection of the society. And according to Wikipedia the looser should congratulate the winner… it’s like the society. You know, congratulate the winner, you show some kind of attitude, to be polite, to follow the rules until the end, and we wanted to use this word, because the songs are about the society we live in or that we see. And I really like the word, it’s powerful, like our new songs.
We Are Shanghai - 2012, January
Articles & Interviews
- ↑ Jake Newby (2009-11-22). "Rock for Roots & Shoots, Yuyintang". Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
- ↑ Jake Newby (2010-01-31). "Boys Climbing Ropes and Duck Fight Goose at YYT". Retrieved on 2010-02-05.
- ↑ Zack (Layabozi) (2010-08-03). "Eat Nake Lunch". Retrieved on 2010-08-06.
- ↑ Jake Newby (2010-08-07). "Pairs and Duck Fight Goose support Handsome Furs". Retrieved on 2010-08-07.
- ↑ Dan Shapiro (The Beat) (2010-12-27). "2010 Shanghai Grammys: The Results Are In". Retrieved on 2011-01-09.
- ↑ Josh (Pangbianr) (2011-09-06). "Han Han Interview 采访：Duck Fight Goose和弥勒唱片的韩涵". Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
- ↑ Co-incide (2011-10-08). "Interview Han Han". Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
- ↑ MACHE AND OX (Layabozi) (2012-01-31). "DUCK FIGHT GOOSE IN MUSIC". Retrieved on 2012-02-15.