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White was formed by Shou Wang and Shenggy in January 2006, and has quickly become one of the most acclaimed outfits in the Beijing new music scene. White's sound is ever evolving, spiralling outwards from the core stars of noise and minimalism to take in everything from the phase patterns of Steve Reich, Throbbing Gristle's aggressive electronic shimmer, Neubauten's rhythmic invention, and the gu zheng masters of Chinese classical music.
Shou Wang is a founding member of the Chinese new music movement 'No Beijing' and is the guitarist / vocalist for Beijing noise band Car-Sick Cars. He is at the very heart of the new generation of Chinese avant-garde musicians, this year flying to New York to take part in Glenn Branca's famous No.13 recording "Hallucination City" for 100 guitarists. In 2005 he formed White No.1, a septet that paid tribute to the early work of Glenn Branca, and White 2R, in which he played keyboards. Finally this year he and Shenggy formed White.
Shenggy has been deeply immersed in Beijing's music scene since 1998, participating in the vibrant explosion it has undergone in recent years. Until this year, she was the drummer in Beijing indie/punk legends Hang on the Box, but since 2003, her work has increasingly demonstrated her own unique form of cosmic industrial noise.
Jan 2006: White played at Waterland Kwanyin (the biggest and most important Chinese avant-garde/sound/art event).
Feb 2006: White played with NY downtown luminary Elliott Sharp for 4 gigs in Beijing and Shanghai.
April 2006: White recorded under the patronage of Einsturzende Neubauten's Blixa Bargeld.
May 2006: White played the Beijing MIDI Festival MiNi Stage.
Aug 2006: White backed Branca sideman John Meyers on his visit to Beijing.
Sept 2006: White backed electronic pioneer Alvin Curran on his visit to Beijing.
Spring 2007: White due to record a full album in Berlin with Blixa (planned to be released on Semi-Formal Recordings).
June 2007: White due to play the Sonar festival in Barcelona.
May 2008: White supported Neubauten for part of their EU tour.
May 2008: White album due for release.
On March 6th, 2010, they performed in the D-22 during the Beyond The Ocean show of Maybe Mars Records. According to Alex of Beijing Gig Guide: The act itself felt a little dull, after having read about the unusual things they sometimes make use of to make their music, feeling more like a one-person jam session than the combination of drums and synth it really was. It was also difficult to grasp the rhythm of the sounds, as it sometimes felt too out of sync and unstructured, and without something solid to hold onto in the music the songs tended to feel a little long.
Appearances in press/books
- Mentioned as "Yaogun band to watch" in the Insider's Guide to Beijing 2007.
White - 2009, January
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
Appearances in Podcasts
Pissing On The Bamboo Curtain - 2007, December
Articles & Interviews
- ↑ Beijing Gig Guide (2010-03-07). "Gig Review: Beyond The Ocean, Yugong Yishan 2010.03.06". Retrieved on 2010-03-30.
- ↑ Chang Liu (The Beijinger) (2010-07-23). "Weekend Live Music Roundup: White+, SUBS, Pianoman". Retrieved on 2010-08-01.