January in Shanghai tends to be a cold, slow month for live music. But it looks like 2009 is going to start of with a bang….and a pretty huge bang at that. On January 3rd cult heroes the Queers will be playing at Yuyintang in what will be the biggest punk concert in Shanghai in…..well, ever (we don’t consider Avril Lavigne punk, sorry). Forming in the early 80s, the Queers came out with their first lp in 1990 on Lookout! Records which has been followed by a slew of other on Asian Man, Lookout! and Hopeless. Just having a band like this play in Shanghai is exciting, the fact that DOA, Godfathers of Canadian punk, will also be playing here is mind blowing. Also at Yuyintang they are performing on the 11th (their myspace hasn’t been updated). DOA is a band that Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rancid and many more have mentioned as an early influence on their music. Along with Black Flag, Minor Threat and the Cro-Mags they are credited with starting the Hardcore movement in North America in the late 70s. What more of a reason would you need than that?
So it looks like January is shaping up to be a hot month, at least in the small confines of Yuyintang.
Video of DOA