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Hard Queen (previously Hard Candy), Shanghai electro indie rock band
Formed in early 2007 as a duo named Hard Candy (comprised of Sheena and drummer Damen), the band went through a succession of bassists before settling on their current lineup, with Zero on bass (the only male in the group) – and a new name, after they realized plenty of other bands had named themselves after the David Slade film as well. They call the White Stripes and the Dresden Dolls as their biggest influences.
March 17th, they performed at the Roots & Shoots event at Live Bar. April 14th, they performed at the NeoSpring Creative Festival. May 25th, they rocked the 4 Live together with Queen Sea Big Shark and Banana Monkey. June 23rd, they rocked the Eno. June 30th they performed at the Eno. August 25th, they performed at the STD night at LOGO. October 2nd, they rocked the Yugong Yishan in Beijing. October 3rd, they performed at Beijing's D-22. November 18th, they performed at Yuyintang together with Snapline. November 30th, they rocked the Zhijiang Dream Factory. December 8th, they performed with P.K. 14 at the Yuyintang.
March 15th, 2008, they performed at the Yuyintang. April 4th, they performed at the Windows Tempo together with 加拿大电子组合Dandi Wind. April 11th, they performed once again at Windows Tempo. April 19th, they rocked the Zhijiang Dream Factory together with BM&BCR&You Say Party We Say Die. April 25th, they performed at the Windows Tempo. May 2nd & 9th, they again performed at Windows Tempo with Angry Jerks and DJ Boya. May 23rd, they rocked the Windows Tempo. May 30th, they performed at the Windows Underground. June 6th, they performed at the Windows Underground. June 27th, they performed at the Windows Underground. July 4th, they rocked the Windows Underground. July 26th 2008, they performed at the clothing shop/cafe Eno promoting the demo for artist Popil. As Andy Best reports It was a cozy set up and one side of the shop, that you can't see in the photos, has a wide bank of large steps going up to the juice bar. That kind of forms mini stadium seating up one side of the floor space. Hard Queen played a couple of new songs and had a great sound. The second half of the set was tight and everyone liked the show. August 1st, they rocked the Windows Underground. August 22nd, they performed at the Yuyintang. September 12th 2008, they performed as support gig for Tookoo in the Yu Yin Tang. According to Andy Best They did a solid set and the track of the night was definitely Loser which singer Sheena Du announced as their fav track at the moment.. September 13th, they rocked the Zhijiang Dream Factory together with PK 14. September 26th, they performed at the Beedee's. October 2nd, they joined the NOTCH festival. October 25th, they performed at Hangzhou's Dream Party 14. November 22nd, they rocked the Yuyintang. December 25th, they performed at the Loho Bar.
In April 2009, their EP Holiday is released and the movie Up From the Underground featuring Hard Queen's release party is screened in Shanghai. On April 4th 2009, they had their release party at the Yu Yin Tang to a crowd so crazy and packed that it could only be considered a fire hazard.... April 16th, they publish their songs Jungle Queen and Holiday as free downloads on last.fm. On May 13th, their record Holiday is going live on both CD Baby and iTunes. May 23rd, they performed in Beijing's D-22.
Holiday EP - 2009, April
Up From the Underground - 2009, April
Interviews & Articles
- Interview with Brad Ferguson on Hard Queen's release
- Interview: Hard Queen loves taking it easy by Kate Ray on Shanghaiist (April 2, 2009)
- Hard times are over - Hard Queen, by Jake Newby
- Jake Newby (2009), Hard times are over - Hard Queen, published on 3 March 2009
- MP3 Monday: Hard Queen by Morgan Short on SmartShanghai.com (March 23, 2009)
- Photos: Hard Queen Holiday release party by Kate Ray on Shanghaiist (April 6, 2009)
- Feature by Jake Newby for that's Shanghai
- Video: The Shanghai Beat - Music Shorts: Hard Queen
- ↑ Andy Best (Kungfuology) (2008-07-26). "Hard Queen @ Eno". Retrieved on 2009-04-30.
- ↑ Andy Best (Kungfuology.com) (2009-05-16). "TooKoo live @ Yuyintang".
- ↑ Kate Ray (2009-04-06). "Photos: Hard Queen Holiday release party". Retrieved on 2009-05-02.
- ↑ "Hard Queen Twitter Feed" (8:09 PM April 16th).
- ↑ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hardqueen
- ↑ http://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates/download/?trackName=Jungle%20Queen&artistName=Hard%20Queen&thumbnailUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fa1.phobos.apple.com%2Fus%2Fr30%2FMusic%2F02%2Fc7%2Fa9%2Fmzi.smkjovld.100x100-75.jpg&itmsUrl=itms%3A%2F%2Fax.itunes.apple.com%2FWebObjects%2FMZStore.woa%2Fwa%2FviewAlbum%3Fi%3D315428230%26id%3D315428222%26s%3D143441%26uo%3D6%26ign-mscache%3D1&albumName=Holiday