Friday night Casino Demon and The Fire Balloon (both from Beijing) played with local band the Rogue Transmission at Yuyintang. The Fire Balloon started it off with some garage rock and popping tunes with a Beijing slant. The always-fun-to-watch Rogue Transmission put on a good set and kept the crowd moving, but Casino Demon was the real gem of the night, playing a hazy, energetic set. Recalling early punk like Richard Hell and the Voidoids and the Ramones (whom they covered with a surprisingly decent rendition of the “KKK Took My Baby Away”), Casino Demon has a refreshingly organic sound in the land of DJs and Techno Beats. Crunchy guitars, good ol’ rock and roll drumming and some slurred singing. Sounds perfect to us.
Post and photos by Stephen Yang