Second Hand Rose / Dent
Liang Long, singer and band leader of Second Hand Rose, experimented with blending the sounds from local instruments in Harbin, a city in far northeast China near Siberia. He has woven these performance styles into his music. Armed with a new sound, he traveled to Beijing, where Wu Zekun, player of a wind instrument called the suona, helped him develop a unique blend of rock and Chinese traditions. The pair joined an underground music scene just beginning to develop around small clubs and artist communities, and eventually filled out the lineup to its current six-piece. The name Second Hand Rose derives from the notion that rock in China is a secondhand and imported endeavor—as such, the band's song "Leading a Dabbling Life" devolves into a Chinese sing-along version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." The musicians themselves cite godfather of Chinese rock Cui Jian, Pink Floyd, and Hong Kong and Taiwanese pop acts like Beyond and Luo Dayou as influences. This month the band will appear at the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park, followed by a tour of the Northeast with other stops in New York, plus Boston, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.
Dent is an experimental hardcore band formed in Boston in 2013 consisting of lead singer Lane Shi Otayonii, guitarist Harley Cullen, bassist Patrick Alexandru Docmanov, and drummer Jack Whelan. This four-piece outfit is creating art with virtue, combining different cultures into a mindset that everyone can tap into. Dent incorporates a variety of musical and mental influences to cultivate palpable sonic aggression that serves to deconstruct traditional nonsense. The band is recording an album that expresses subconscious discomforts embedded within the human psyche, and each song in this album strives to observe and challenge the unstable personalities that lie on the fringe of conscious thought.