Time: 2015.07.25 Saturday 20:30
Venue: B10 Live http://www.b10live.cn Add: Building C2, North District, OCT-LOFT, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Tel: 0755 86337602 (15:00-18:00, info only)
Organizer: OCT-LOFT Culture Development Co., Ltd
Admittance starts at 20:00.
Open area with several seats on both sides for resting purpose.
If you’re looking for the quintessential Shanghai band, Top Floor Circus are it. At a time when some are worrying that the local tongue is a dying language, the band write songs with lyrics entirely in Shanghainese that at once celebrate and gently mock life in their native city.
The band’s album, 13 Classic Shanghai Pop Rock Songs, is their most fully-realised ode to the city yet, with tracks such as ‘A Love Song for Suzhou Creek’, ‘Shenhua-ah Shenhua’ and ‘Shanghai Childhood’. Released for free over Chinese networking site douban.com, the record also heralds the return of the band to the city’s live circuit – having been absent for over a year due to a performance ban slapped on them in November 2009 after a controversial song went viral.
They have used the time to perfect and record songs for their first full length album since 2006’s 93 Lingling Lu Revisited, Timmy!, a four-year wait that has made 13 Songs a highly-anticipated record. ‘The new album is very local,’ says Mei Er who, together with charismatic frontman Lu Chen, a childhood friend, founded the band in 2001. ‘Every song on it tells a story about Shanghai.’