From Music-China Wiki
"A taut bass, a jagged guitar, a cold and urgent voice; the insistent nervous rhythm of a drum loop: the nocturnal heartbeat of a particular kind of person. Maybe you know him; maybe you are her. He is the guy you see sometimes at the bar, one leg shaking to the music but with something holding him back, until at the end of the night he lets go with such abandon that it upsets the tasteful hipster decorum of the place; she is the passive, frustrated wallflower throwing off sparks, the one who no-one would suspect gets her kicks by writing love letters to basement killers doing life without parole. They would be perfect together, only they will never meet. The closest they will come is within the music, alone but defiant, called out against their will to dance again on life's Snapline." --Rob
Snapline have become, almost overnight it seems, perhaps Beijing's fastest rising young band. From being little more than a side project of Carsick Cars' drummer Li Qing and bass player Levis, in the last year they have taken on an identity all of their own, earned full page interviews in the local media and released their first 7" single in the US. When Li Qing trades her drumsticks for guitar stings it is something of a revelation - at times she sounds strangely like The Fall's Marc Riley, or even Fred Frith,
carving dense little filigrees above Levis' slow loping basslines and the sharp sweaty pulse of a drum machine; over the top of it all rides singer Chen Xi's chilly deadpan tales of urban dislocation and frustrated longing - behind the designer glasses and charming smile, you just know this man has some dodgy websites saved to his Favorites!
When producer and ex-PIL man Martin Atkins came to Beijing to check on the local scene, he was delighted with dozens of bands, but wholly awestruck by Snapline’s uniquely weird melodies, and immediately insisted on producing their first CD. They are not the easiest band to love, but their followers are passionately loyal and their music keeps growing in strange unexpected ways.
-- taken from D22 Homepage
NO BEIJING is a collection of bands around Beijing that share a similar aesthetic with New York city's short lived No Wave. October 15th, they performed with Snapline and Carsick Cars in the 2 Kolegas for the No Beijing tour. October 21st they performed in Hangzhou's No. 31 bar. October 22nd they rocked Shanghai's Live Bar. November 4th, they performed in the Yugong Yishan. December 3rd, they performed in the 特鋭 bar. December 9th, they rocked the Nameless Highland. December 18th, they performed in the Yugong Yishan. December 25th they performed in the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.
January 1st, 2006, they performed in the 13 Club. January 15th, they rocked the What bar. January 20th, they performed in the What bar. February 18th, they rocked the 13 Club. February 24th, they performed in the What bar. March 11th, they rocked the 13 Club. April 8th, they rocked the What bar. April 22nd, they performed in the 13 Club. May 4th, they performed in the Nameless Highland. May 20th, they rocked the Nameless Highland during the 向JOY DIVISION致敬 event. June 23rd, they performed in the 13 Club. July 14th, they performed in the Nameless Highland. August 5th, they performed in the D-22. August 19th, they performed at the What bar. In October they struck a deal with Invisible records. At the end of the year, Martin Atkins joined recording of their songs.
Early 2007, their split with Atkin's Pigface is released. April 13th, they peformed in the D-22. April 14th, they rocked the D-22 during the 以噪音的名義...... 向音速青年（SONIC YOUTH）致敬的演出 concert. In an interview conducted in May 2007, Xi Chen states, that they "are the lucky generation". "We really don't have to worry about making a living. And we really have many more opportunities," he says. "We just focus on the music ...we don't really think music should have anything to do with politics." May 4th, they performed in the What bar. May 11th, they rocked the 星光現場音楽庁. May 19th, they performed in the Tsinghua University. June 2nd, they performed in the 交叉点工作室. June 8th, they rocked the MAO. June 22nd, they performed in the MAO. June 30th they rocked the D-22. In July their song Jerry is included in the 音楽時空 2007.7 magazine. July 8th they performed in the 2 Kolegas.
Recorded over two days in October 2006 at Hi-End Studios in Beijing and produced by Martin Atkins, Snapline's debut record party is over, pornostar is finally released in September 2007. Subsequent reviews value the record from "essential listening for anyone" to "above the throng". In October their song Catch You Low appeared in the X-Music Magazine no. 351.
January 17th, 2009, they performed in Shanghai's Zhi Jiang Dream Factory. February 20th, they performed in Tianjin's NIC Club. Aprill 11th, they rocked Qingdao's MAX 09 Festival. In May 2009, Li Qing is voted the no. 17 coolest rock star in Beijing by Timeout Beijing Magazine. Li Qing is one of the most important women on the Beijing music scene, and probably too cool to realise it. When you see her driving Snapline with her gloriously multi-layered synth-punk guitar melodies, it’s hard to imagine that she trades her guitar for drum sticks when she plays with Carsick Cars, one of China’s most influential and widely exported rock bands. 
Appearances in Press/Books
- Mentioned as one of "Beijing's hottest bands" in the Insider's Guide to Beijing 2008.
The China Invasion Tour 2010 (VA) - 2010, March
God Save the Chairman (VA) - 2007, November
Look Directly Into The Sun: China Pop 2007 (VA) - 2007, August
Pigface/Snapline (VA) - Early 2007
No Beijing - 2005, Oct
Appearances in Podcasts
Pissing On The Bamboo Curtain - 2007, October
Other pages about Snapline
Articles & Interviews
- Snapline featured at the Toronto Star
- Snapline reviewed by The Beijinger
- Interview with frontman Chen Xi about the upcoming second album on City Weekend
- Beijing Calling: Snapline at Yugong Yishan, in New Statesman (China Issue)
- Pete DeMola (2010), At That Moment I Thought, I Thought I Really Saw Music, published on 20 July 2010
- Jens Mühling (2008), Ist das hier wirklich China?, published on 26 July 2008
- Live Video at D-22 on May 26, 2007
- Porno Star Music Video
- Video by SexyBeijing featuring Li Qing for International Women's Day
- Live Video from June 2, 2007
- ↑ "China set to rock music charts". Bill Schiller (TheStar.com) (2007-05-28). Retrieved on 2008-12-02.
- ↑ "Review". Berwin Song (that's Beijing Blog) (2007-10-13). Retrieved on 2008-12-02.
- ↑ "PARTY IS OVER, PORNO STAR". Ian Sherman (8 Inches Productions) (unknown). Retrieved on 2008-12-02.
- ↑ Timeout Beijing Magazine (May 2009). "Class of '09". Retrieved on 2009-05-07.