Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in December out of necessity and need your help.
Music

Rebuilding The Rights Of Statues: Cut Off!

This Beijing punk band has plenty to offer, revolving around sounds that bring to mind a collage of Iggy Pop, The Strokes and Bauhaus.


Rebuilding the Rights of Statues

Cut Off!

Label: Tag Team
US Release Date: 2007-05-29
UK Release Date: Unavailable
Amazon
iTunes

This Beijing punk band (yes, they exist, and are plentiful) has plenty to offer, revolving around sounds that bring to mind a collage of Iggy Pop, The Strokes and Bauhaus. The opening “Die in 1997” is a winding, melodic affair that leads brilliantly into an angular “A Death-Bed Song”, a great dance-rock ditty thanks to drummer Ma Hui’s fine work. But it’s the subtle nuances that really seal the deal on this track, enabling the tension to build and build but never truly burst through. Perhaps the lowlight is “TV Show (Hang the Police)” which sounds like a bad B-52s number. And while the urgent Gang Of Four-ish “Boys in Cage” suggests a sense of urgency and enclosing doom, the trio slows the EP down with the quirky and less appealing “If the Monkey Becomes (To Be) the King” with vocalist Hua Dong sounding like a freaked out Robert Smith still caught in his cobwebs. A bonus U.S. track is nice, but not much more.

6

Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.


Music

Film


Books


Television




© 1999-2020 PopMatters Media, Inc. All rights reserved. PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.






Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.