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VIDEO: Chinese Invasion at the Double Wide


by Julie Hwang 30 Mar 2010

Chinese Invasion Tour in Dallas from Julie Hwang on Vimeo. Guest blogger Julie Hwang is head of the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. I consider myself lucky to have been at the Chinese Invasion Tour show on Sunday night at the Double Wide. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to and […]

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Chinese Invasion Tour in Dallas from Julie Hwang on Vimeo.

Guest blogger Julie Hwang is head of the Asian Film Festival of Dallas.

I consider myself lucky to have been at the Chinese Invasion Tour show on Sunday night at the Double Wide. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to and will stick in my memory for a long time to come. There was a wonderful sense of welcome and joy to the entire night, from the Chinese greeting “NI HAO” taped on the back of one of the front stage monitors to the exchange of Carsick Cars lead singer Zhang Shouwang’s  “I [expletive] love Texas!” with several shouts of “Texas loves you!” from the packed house.

Carsick Cars' Zhang Shouwang

Carsick Cars' Zhang Shouwang

And the music, of course, was amazing. Each of the bands performing had something different to offer, and they all delivered with energy and amazing commitment. AV Okubo, from Wuhan, China, was the first band on stage. Their raucous and cool electronic tinged sound caught everyone’s attention and set a great tone for the night. Next up was Carsick Cars, less flashy but penetrating and mesmerizing. Intelligent rock. The band was able to create some amazing sounds that built up a powerful slow burn before launching into driving melodies that had everyone bopping.

The main act of the evening was the venerable P.K. 14, one of the first rock bands formed on the burgeoning scene and a clear inspiration to the other musicians on the bill. They took the stage shortly after midnight, and if anyone in the audience was feeling tired, they were soon spurred into jumping and dancing by the raw energy of the band and the whirling performance of lead singer Yang Hai Song.

P.K.14

P.K.14

Toward the end of the long night, P.K. 14 lead singer Yang Hai Song declared “You are beautiful” to the audience and thanked all the people in Dallas, including the show’s sponsor, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, for making the show possible. I talked to him briefly before the show about his time in Texas and the United States. “It’s like two different countries” he joked, comparing Texas to New York, where the band played late last year. He told me the bands had had a great time shopping at Good Records and at Bill’s earlier in the day. They loved all the vinyl, which isn’t easily available in China. They’re feeling lucky to get to see the real America, instead of the America they see back home in the media or on TV. We’re incredibly lucky too, to see them, live in person, and not on the media or TV.

The Chinese Invasion Tour is headed up to Denton Wednesday night to play at Hailey’s, and trust me, it will be well worth your time.

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  • Julie, you, quite literally, rock! I had to miss the show at the Double Wide, so thanks for letting me live vicariously!

  • Rawlins Gilliland

    I was there Sunday night from start to finish & the whole time I photographed it in my mind thinking, ‘The future is now’ and promptly rented ‘Bladerunner’ after sleeping off the after glow of a wonderful night in Expo Park. Props to the master Reid Robinson who put this together at great time expense while being funded by the wonderful Crow Collection outreaching from the Performing Arts District across the green Line. I thoroughly enjoyed these three bands. I knew I’d love them even if I did not ‘get’ them but I actually felt very much on their wavelength as I caught the wave and surfed their rapids.

  • The Chinese Invasion Tour was flat-out fabulous. I can’t stop telling everyone how great it was and I’m hoping I can get to Denton to catch the next stop on the tour. Kudos to Reid and the Crow collection for making this happen.

  • reid robinson

    Thanks Julie! A great recall of the nights blur of fantastic music!
    I had been listening and playing Carsick Cars, and P.K. 14 for a while, but getting to here them live and spend the weekend with these amazing artists was awe inspiring.
    We’re already working on getting them back this fall, and bringing other incredible artists from Beijing, and the ‘Maybe Mars’ roster.

    Rawlins is correct that ‘the future is now’ and these bands are driving the spaceship!

  • Yes, Cannot. Thank. Reid. Enough. He’s already working on getting them back in the fall.

  • I have to jump back on and give out some more Reid Robinson love. Everything he touchs turns to gold and everything he does, he does out of his love and passion for music and the arts.

    Be sure to check out the events at the Crow Collection of Asian Art coming up…also Reid touched events!

  • if you’re looking for more music from china (and other asian countries) head to http://www.tenzenmen.com and have a look thru the releases and distro sections