I was reading an interview with The Dead C's Bruce Russell and he mentioned an interest in this group which intrigued me so I checked them out. The result is a fantastic punky Velvets vibe from out of Beijing which is no mean feat in itself. And the YouTube video for Downward is well worth checking out.
Favorite track: 循環線 THE LOOP SWING.
Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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12" 黑膠唱片 VINYL
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
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Includes unlimited streaming of The Offset: Spectacles LP
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Compressed, self contained, and brazenly unique, each song by the Offset: Spectacles hits like a short, sharp shock. Percussive guitar and organ scrape at the surface of the left eardrum, and the bass hits like a combination of a synthesizer and a bongo. Get ready to be hectored by the ghosts of Cantonese poets and the Kowloon King. Sure as you can draw a straight line from The Offsets’ birthplace in Hong Kong to the site of their self-imposed exile in Beijing, there’s a connection between their music and the Velvet Underground, just somewhere along the 24 hour train ride things got muddled. Oscillator solos are reinterpreted for guitar, Bo Diddley blues get played drum-less, with only phantom rhythm for company. Songs like “Bodies’ Descendents” and “Snags” may bring to mind the endless empty highway, but the only possibility here is a brief sprint on an overpass above the midnight lights of a rotting port. Today, no escape is possible from a(ny) city, so the Offsets simply claim ownership, pushing back against at the neon signs, TV’s, and computers with a seductive spectacle of their own.
by Simon Frank
released November 11, 2011
All Songs by the Offset: Spectacles
Recorded at Analogue Catalogue, Mossley, UK
Produced and Engineered by Rob Ferrier
Executive Producer: Michael Pettis
Vinyl Manufactured in US
will be shipped by Spectator:K from Beijing China
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