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Joyside from Beijing, have been around since 2001 and are as stark a contrast to most bands in China as were punk bands in 1977. They sound of this era: creating high energy songs,  driven by guitar and drums.

Joyside image courtesy of wooozy.cn
Joyside image courtesy of wooozy.cn

Bian Yuan (Vocals); Liu Hao (Bass) Xiao Hong (Guitar) and Guan Zheng (Drummer) created what has become a symbol against the rush to riches by many in China as the political and corporate changes have swept across the Country. Joyside however appear to be splitting up.

Initial announcements were made in early August that the band had split; on September 12th 5 members of the band appeared on stage at Beijing’s Mao Live House on what was announced as their final performance in China. After the performance, the band expressed their regret at splitting, but say this is the final decision.

Joyside are coming to Europe for a final farewell tour in October. If this is the end of the road for Joyside, this will be the last chance to see what has become an iconic Chinese band, who will be sorely missed.

It will come as no surprise to readers of the indie bands blog, that this is exactly the type of band which fits my headspace perfectly.


Live @D22 available on itunes

Joyside - Live @ D22

I am hopeful that Joyside will be around for some time to come.

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