予習として、Jennifer Conrad & Gissing Liu “Strange but cool”(TimeOut Shanghai September 2010, p.66)から少しメモ。
She*2cites Kate Bush and defiantly underground Japanese musician Jun Togawa as influences, and tells us that she and her band ‘like strange things’, which partly explains their name, taken from the Chinese saying guai li luan shen. ‘It refers to something that happens that can’t be explained by science,’ she says.
What they come up with is difficult to explain, a bit like the band’s name. They’ve described their music as ‘left-punk’*3, which they insist is a bit of a joke and doesn’t have any political overtones. Xu*4 explains: “Left in Chinese has a meaning that’s “informal”. We call ourselves a punk band, but our music is not pure punk, so we call it left-punk.’