P.K. 14

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P.K. 14 is a Chinese rock band composed of vocalist/producer Yang Haisong (杨海崧), Xu Bo (许波) on guitar, bassist Shi Xudong (施旭东), and drummer Jonathan Leijonhufvud (雷坛坛, or "Tan Tan"). Their post-punk,[1] indie rock musical style has been influential on the Chinese rock scene since their first album was released in 2001,[2] making them "elder statesmen of the Beijing rock scene".[3] Formed in 1997 in Nanjing, they moved to Beijing in 2001.[4] One of five groups selected by Time magazine as Asia's best bands in 2008, the band's name is intended as an abbreviation of "public kingdom for teens".[5] The band, which sings exclusively in Mandarin Chinese,[6] has been praised for its "sharp, post-punk"[1] sound: "P.K.14, for all its lyrical depth, creates an overwhelming barrage of beautiful postpunk chaos".[7]

In addition to his work with P.K.14, Yang Haisong is also a sought-after record producer in China, working primarily with the Beijing-based labels Maybe Mars, Modern Sky and Genjing Records to produce efforts from Carsick Cars, Birdstriking, Skip Skip Ben Ben, The Dyne, Goodnight Goodluck, Alpine Decline, Fallacy, Doc Talk Shock and his own side project, the lo-fi noise duo Dear Eloise.[8][9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Malitz, David (2009, Nov. 13). Critic Review for P.K. 14 in Washington, DC on washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Accessed 11–13–2009.
  2. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4147269-a-musical-revolution--the-china-wave
  3. ^ Alexandri, Maya. (May 23, 2008). Global Buzz: Hear the Music of P.K.14, China’s Answer to Sonic Youth. The Wall Street Journal:Blogs. Accessed 11–13–2009.
  4. ^ Maybe Mars Records. Maybe Mars / 兵马司 P.K.14. Accessed 11–13–2009.
  5. ^ Day, Lara (2008, Jan. 21). Asia's Best Bands. Time magazine. Accessed 11–13–2009.
  6. ^ Kent, Jo Ling (2009 Nov. 13). China's latest export -- rock 'n' roll -- hits the U.S.. CNN.com International. Accessed 11–13–2009.
  7. ^ Shapiro, Dan. (2009, Nov. 5–11). Carsick Cars + P.K.14: Beijing’s experimental rock scene arrives in New York City. Time Out New York. Accessed 11–13–2009.
  8. ^ Altered Zones | Dear Eloise: Castle | June 16, 2011
  9. ^ Time Out Beijing | Dear Eloise: Beauty in Strangers | Dec 15, 2011

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums

2001 Upstairs, Turn Left (by Sub Jam & Empty Egg)

2004 Whoever, Whoever & Whoever (by Modern Sky)

2005 White Paper (by Modern Sky)

2008 City Weather Sailing (by Maybe Mars)

2013 1984 (by Maybe Mars)

Compilations

2002 Modern Sky 4 (by Modern Sky)

2009 Maybe Mars 2007-2009 Vol.1 (by Maybe Mars)

2010 Converse presents: The China Invasion Tour 2010 (featuring bands from MaybeMars) (by Maybe Mars)

Bootlegs

2010 Live at Zoomin' Night: Whoever, Whoever & Whoever (by Liezhi Sifang/劣质私房)

2011 Zoomin' Night Live (by Liezhi Sifang/劣质私房)