The Rescue Rooms archives: 2017

RE-TROS, Live At Rescue Rooms

  • Monday 20th November 2017
  • Supported by: TBC

2017 retros

The first Chinese band to make a break in the West, Re-TROS released their album last month to a rapturous media reception. Today they announce a return to Europe in support of the iconic Depeche Mode.

The European arena tour will be accompanied with standalone Re-TROS shows as the band bring their experimental hybrid of post-punk, electronica and art-rock to the UK in November. Their new album and first UK release Before The Applause, crosses the bridge from art school punk into pumping techno clubland and back again, over 9 mature and exquisitely constructed tracks.

Heroes of the Chinese underground rock scene, Beijing-based ‘Rebuilding the Rights of Statues’ have released their genre-span-ning post punk inspired album Before The Applause on Modern Sky Entertainment. The first Chinese band to release an album in the west, Re-TROS extoll the virtues of classic independent icons Joy Division, Bauhaus and more, while taking inspiration from contemporaries Battles, Liars and TV On The Radio.

The video for Fujiya & Miyagi remix At Mosp Here online here - ALBUM ‘BEFORE THE APPLAUSE’ AVAILABLE NOW

“Re-defines marching music. Extraordinary.” - **** Q MAGAZINE

"This is a remarkable album, and easily good enough to send them global.” - THE QUIETUS

“An extraordinary listen… a shattering record.” - THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“Re-TROS are one of China’s foremost rock voices” - CLASH MAGAZINE

“One of the most exciting new bands in Asia.” - ROCKFEEDBACK

“It doesn’t take long for Re-TROS to blow away doubt… resistance is futile” - LOUD & QUIET

“Using insistence and repetition to mesmeric effect. Riveting.” - PROG MAGAZINE

The exact birthdate of the much blogged about ‘China rock explosion’ that took place in the noughties is subject to debate. A spark of promising indie types buzzing around the toilet circuits of Beijing has caught flame and flickered to varying degrees of intensity since. Out of this scene Beijing-based Re-TROS, always felt like the most likely to shove the boundaries forward. 10 years later, they’re ready to go global with a record that’s more eclectic and transcendent than anything the scene has produced to date.

Signed to label Modern Sky from the outset, Re-TROS grew to become one of Asia’s leading alternative bands just as Modern Sky became China’s biggest independent label, festival organiser and now global music company. In 2017, eight years on, Liu Min, Hua Dong and Huang Jin have spurned their post-punk past and created Before the Applause. Produced by Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Lou Reed, Bjork, Phillip Glass), their new album fizzles with experimental vigour, electronica and ambitious scale, while still maintaining the irreplaceable Re-TROS grasp of earworm melody.