Their 2 albums (to date) are sub-par. Their songs are not very original, with unintelligible lyrics. Yet, they are one of the few, must see, melt your face good, bands in China. They are the Subs.
The Subs are a breed of bands that isn’t meant to be listened to with your tiny, perfectly aerodynamic ipod. No, that would be stupid. To truly experience their music you need to catch their live performance in a bar, preferably standing front and center in the eye of the inevitable mosh that breaks out as soon as the first guitar chord is hit. Long before their debut LP “Life“, released in 2004, the Subs have been a touring band. Tearing up bars from Yangshuo to Xian and every venue in between. In 2005 they were invited to Europe for their first overseas tour, which was followed by a more extensive 30 date European tour in 2006.
Despite the pure, angry energy released on crowds during their live sets, the Subs are very reserved individuals off stage. Always smiling, never confrontational. In person you might mistake them for a (make me puke) pop rock band. It is only after digging deep into their musical influences and scanning the vinyl stickers on their guitar cases that you realize this isn’t just a follow-the-trend punk band. Unfortunately for their many fans, in 2007 the Subs have been forced to lighten up on the touring due to guitarist Wuhao’s fight with chronic illness.
Let’s hope these Subs are not decommissioned anytime soon (sorry, had to say it, Shanghaiist loves cheesy puns).
– Upcoming Shows –
Aug 24th – Gubao Bar – Nanjing
Aug 25th – 4live Bar – Shanghai
Sept. 1st – Mao Live – Beijing
– Band webpage –