Since their formation in 1984, Argies have stood out due to their libertarian poetry, the power of their music and the understanding and coherence of their political attitude. Even though
Since their formation in 1984, Argies have stood out due to their libertarian poetry, the power of their music and the understanding and coherence of their political attitude. Even though their roots can be found in the British Punk from the seventies, nowadays their music witnesses influences from ska, reggae, dub and good part of rock’n’roll elements and Latin rhythms. Practicing a philosophy of „do it yourself“ they have made a successful career while maintaining independence. The name „Argies“ derives from the English pejorative term for „Argentinean“ which was most popularly used by the British yellow press during the Falkland War in 1982. Far from being nationalists, their name connects the band, the members of which define themselves as internationalists, with debased minorities and marginalized people worldwide. By the mid nineties, Argies left their hometown Rosario and moved to Buenos Aires. Since then, playing more than 35 shows annually, they came to be known as one of the most frequently performing acts in town. Starting in 1999, the band has regularly played extended tours in America, Asia and Europe. Until today, Argies have performed in 42 countries (plus Argentina) with 1108 shows, and played shows in Europe (x998) and South America and México (x74), and also 36 shows in Asia (included 14 shows in China). The Band functions like a collective of committed musicians all of which form part of the project for undetermined periods, entering and leaving Argies with the same liberty that also characterizes the work in the band and the way in which its members study and teach in joint efforts across their differences. Over the years, the band’s particular method of making music has made Argies a truly independent cultural movement.
Founded in 1996, SMZB was one of the first punk bands to form in China and the first to originate from Wuhan, one of the cities at the heart of China’s burgeoning underground music scene. Drawing their own influences from Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, and interpreting these influences in response to the massive and out-of-control social transformations taking place in their hometown and throughout China, SMZB is widely recognized as one of China’s most influential bands.
A trio when they first began playing smoky clubs and small performance spaces in their home town, SMZB subsequently went through several personnel changes and evolved into a quartet by 2002. During the early years, the band kept up a rigorous schedule of shows and tours throughout China and abroad. In 2004 SMZB toured across Southeast Asia and in 2005 they completed their first European tour with the help of Norway’s October Party Records. In 2006 the band changed their line-up yet again, replacing their guitar and bass players and adding a flute & tin whistle to complete the current five member line-up. Through these changes SMZB has grown and developed, smashing together in their music a melange of Chinese influences, Celtic noise, and straight punk fury, which has resulted in a unique style that is instantly recognizable.
The members of SMZB have played active roles in the explosion of music in China. Since the very beginnings of China’s underground rock scene, founding members Wu Wei and Hu Juan have been active promoting shows, booking tours for foreign bands, and helping younger punk bands gain a foothold in the industry. SMZB was also active in the foundation of the Wuhan Riot Group, a collective of Wuhan punk bands that was instrumental in forging the Wuhan underground music scene. The group continues to serve as role models for a whole generation of Chinese punk rockers and after ten years are considered one of the key bands in the explosive Chinese music scene.
Their sixth CD, Ten Years Rebellion, was recorded in Wuhan and mixed in Norway and is only their second CD to be released by an independent label in China.Their latest CD Sin Harmony was released by Maybe Mars in 2010. Following this CD release, SMZB performed in 2011 at Beijing Midi Music Festival, Nanjing Interbational Music Festival and MLGB Your 2011 Hangzhou New Year Rock Party.
Line-up: Wu Wei » vocals/guitar
Liu Ruoxi » guitar/chorus
Yan Ji » bass
Wang Biguo » drums
TangÂ Leicheng » tin whistle/bagpipes
Melissa » violin VVK
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