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Da Jia Hao, we are Second Hand Rose, a Chinese band that combines rock with local sounds and instruments. This fall we are starting a new adventure; we are going on our first ever American tour. Hop on if you’re ready for an encounter with Chinese youth culture.
Northeastern Chinese Openness
Bringing our music, and the whole live experience to America is a big adventure. Purchase your tickets here to join us on this ‘Journey to the West’ and get a digital download of a brand new compilation album plus unique, backstage access to our story. Through PledgeMusic we’ll be posting videos, audio, photos and blogs that won’t be available anywhere else! You can also ask anything you want to know about what’s going on in China at one of the dinner parties we’re organizing or support Northeastern Chinese boldness and openness by wearing something from our fashion line, Red & Green, which uses our own prints and fabrics.
Useless Rock and Chinese Youth Culture
The theme of the tour is useless rock, so it’s about how the Chinese band scene changed over the last ten-odd years. When we started in 1999 rock was restricted to underground venues. Most bands were countercultural, and almost all disbanded after a few years. In 2000, when we broke through with the line “Buddy, what the heck’re playing rock for”, we wanted underground rockers to lighten up a little.
Over the years we’ve become kind of a big thing in China with our typical style of tongue-in-cheek playfulness and distinctive, Chinese sound. It did help that the scene as whole has grown immensely. It was really the festival boom from 2007 onwards that enabled us to professionalize. Nowadays, we play around 30 festivals a year all over China, the largest of which was last May in Beijing where we were one of the headliners, performing to 250.000 people.
Last year we also did a show in a prestigious state-owned venue, for which we worked with a loose group of sound engineers, lighting guys, filmmakers, photographers, stage designers and fashion designers. Most of these people are fans, whom unfortunately we still can’t pay properly. But in general, things are looking up.
This is part of a larger trend in Chinese culture. Rock even features prominently in TV shows such as The Voice of China, and in advertising campaigns. In other words, it is in the process of being co-opted by the mainstream. Now our question about rock’s usefulness is about keeping its critical edge.
The striking, in-your-face color combination of red and green is typical for the Northeast, where lead singer Liang Long grew up. The region borders on Siberia and North Korea, and during its long winters it is local tradition for neighbors to seek warmth in each other’s beds (usually a kang, or stove-bed. This tradition may occasionally continue in other seasons).
Humor, drink and music are indispensable in dealing with the aftermaths – gossip, loss of face, extramarital children. This culture is perpetuated in rowdy local stage traditions that in turn inspire us. ☺
Now, we have heard similar traditions exist in the American Northeast (Capitalist countries are thoroughly corrupted). Needless to say, we are VERY excited about the prospect of finding out first hand. Want to join?
Second Hand Rose
A digital download of an exclusive compilation album by Second Hand Rose, PLUS the pass to view SHR updates and exclusive behind-the-scenes content on PledgeMusic!
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A ticket to SHR’s “Red&Green” Fashion Party in partnership with Hip Hop USA in NYC.
二手玫瑰自创潮牌《红配绿》与Hip Hop USA合作纽约时尚Party
Second Hand Rose just knocked your socks off? Get a new pair!
23″ × 23″ Bandana, scarf, hankerchief…. how ever you want to use it.
Concert ticket PLUS a ticket to SHR’s “Red&Green” Fashion Party in partnership with Hip Hop USA in NYC. 演唱会门票加上二手玫瑰自创潮牌《红配绿》与Hip Hop USA合作纽约时尚Party
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It’s not a feather in my cap. It’s a rose.
A ticket to a show of the “Useless Rock” Tour and an official bandana!
Don’t be a fool cover your tool.
Roll your sleeves up! Men’s style in Red, Women’s style in green.
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A ticket to a show of the “Useless Rock” Tour and an official phone case!
A concert ticket to a show of the “Useless Rock” Tour AND official band shirt!
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Concert ticket, exclusive ‘tryst by chance’ 艳遇dinner with the band, AND
appearance in the DVD that will be made of the North-American tour!