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Post-Punk for the People

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Post-Punk for the People

    Post-Punk for the People

    WuxiCityonthebanksoftheGrandCana ChenShu,chiefoftheHangzhou

    MunicipalCommanderofGrandCanal ComprehensiveHarnessing,Protection andDevelopment,saidthatinorderto protecttheGrandCanal,Hangzhouhas planstodiganewcanaltoitseast.1eav

    ingtheancientcanalforpurelytourism purposes.Butasoneexpertpointedout, thisisthekindof"protectivedamage." thatwouldcausetheGrandCanalto loseitsdistinctivefeatures. 0therriverside

    similarsuggestions

    citieshavemade

    MiSongyi,amem

    beroftheCPPCCNationalCommittee. said,"Weshouldregardtheapplication f0rworldheritagestatusfromthepoint ofviewofdevelopmentandprotectitin ascientificway,ratherthanonasubiec

    tivebasis."MiholdsthattheGrandCa

    nalisofgreaterculturalvaluethanthe GreatWallbecauseitstillplaysanim

    portantroleinwatertransport,whereas theGreatWallhasnopracticalfunction.

    Citiesalongitsbanks,however,regard thecanalasameanstodeveloptheir economy.ratherthanaculturalrelicto beprotected.

    ChenShustatedthatcomprehensive conservationofthecanalwouldinclude anoverallsurveyofthecanal'shistori

    calandculturalremains.renovationof ancientbuildingsandrestorationofcul

    turallegacies,suchastemplefairsand markets.Totalinvestmentintheproject. plannedintwostages.willexceedRMB 20billion.

    Atpresent.thereareabout100

    Chinesecandidateswaitingtosumbit applicationsforworldheritagestatus. Butcountriesthatalreadyhaveheritage sitesmayonlymakeoneapplicationa year,accordingtoUNESCOregulations. TheexactdateoftheGrandCanal'saD

    plicationhasnotyetbeendecided.Ex

    Dertsestimatethatitwillbesubmitted inthreetofiveyears.

    Domesticexpertsareconfidentthat theapplicationwillbesuccessfu1."Al

    thoughrequirementsregardingworld heritagesitesarebecomingmorerig

    orous.Ibelievethatgoodmanagement andeffectiverenovationwillensurethat

theGrandCanalmeetsallaspectsofrel

    evantcriteria,"saidLuoZhewen,who believeswholeheartedlvintheGrand Canalanditsfuture.

    62?CHINATODAYAug,JST20C6

    FoundedinthesoutherlycityofNan- jingalmosttenyearsago,RK.14has releasedthreealbumsthroughChina's independentIabelsModernSky,Sub JamandKuguabang.Nowrelocatedto Beijing,bandsongsIikeReligionLost, writtenbyvocalistYangHaisong,have givenavoicetoChina'surbanyouth. GuitarplayerlnK.14(thenameisan abbreviationforamongothethings, 'PublicKingdomforTeens')XuBois fromChenzhouiI"1lHunanIProvince. BassPlayerRenJieisfromWuhan, alsoincentralChina'sHubeiPtovince. Giventhatbotharefansofpost-punk, it'shardlysurprisingthatK.14'ssecond albumShei,SheLSheiHeShei,8hei SheihasgO?nthebandcompared

    favorablytoSonicYouth,JoyDivision andTheStooges.Theadditionofdrum- merJonathanLeijonhfvuad-aSwede

    whogrewupinHongKongwidened

    theband'shorizonsandrecenttours havetakenthemalloverScandinavia, tosquatsinEasternBedin.AIpinetowns

    inAustriaandanant}-raIcismfestival atKubaParkinOslo.ScholarlyYang Haisong,theonlysurvivingmemberof thegroupfoundedinNanjing,tooktime awayfr0mhissongbookrecentlytotalk abouttheband'snextalbumandTourof thePublicKingdom.adocumentaryfilm byindependentfilmmakerDavidHarris whichchronicledtheband'stouracross Chinalastyear.

    WhatisRK.14doingthesedays?

    JonathanwenttoLondontostudy photography;hecamebackatendof Junethisyear.We'rejustworking.earn

    mgmoney,listeningtomusic,andwrit

    ingsomenewstuft.Ithinkwe'llbook somegigsthisAugust.

    Whencanweexpecttohearanew

    albumfromtheband?

    Yes.wehavetalkedaboutthat.If everythinggoeswell,we'11recordour fourthalbumearlynextyear.maybe aroundtheChineseNewYear.Wlewill havealmosthalfayeartowritesongs.

PostPunkforthePeopie

    Swedish.ChinesecollaborationPK14are尬足f,zgtimeouttolearn photography,writetheirfourthalbum,andsetadatewith

    cordingstudiobytheendofyear. Wehopethey'11bereally,reallygood

songs.

    WillyousinginEnglishorChinese onthenewrecord?

    IsingallthesongsinChinese. IsPK.14apunkorarockbandordo youprefertobecalledindicrockers? PostDunkorindicrock.Butwelike todescribeitas"rockandrol1."That's verysimple.

    Howdidyoumeetwithyourcurrent drummer,Jonathan?

    HewenttoschoolinHongKong,just likeKimGordOnfromSonicYouth.In Mav1999heorganizedsomeconcerts inChinaforTheInternationalNoise ConspiracyfromSweden.Whenthey playedinShanghai.PK.14werethe supportingactsohesawusthere.He's fluentinChinesebecausehelived21of his25yearsinChina.Inthewinterof 1999,hemovedbacktoBeijingfrom HongKong.ThepunksceneinBeijing wasjuststartingandthingswerereally happening.K.14hadmovedfromour hometownofNanjingtoBeijingatthe sametimeandweranintoJonathanat Club17.oneofthecity'snowdefunct livevenues.ImethiminIkeaandasked himtotryoutforthedrumsbecauseour drummerwasleaving.

HowdidyoufindRenJie,whobe

    ByMARKGODFREY

    cam_ebassistearlierthisyear? RenintendedtostudvfilmattheBei- jingFilmAcademy,butXuBophoned andaskedhimtoplaybass.Heusedto beaguitarist:he'dneverplayeditbe- fOre.Buthegaveitago.

    Te11.meaboutthedocumentaryfilm madeaboutyourtour.WhocalTleup withthatidea?Wherewillitbeshown

    inEurope,China,Asia?

    Thedocumentaryfilmwasthedi. rectorDaveHarris'idea.Itwasalso hisfirsttimetouseacamera.Hehad nevershownusanyfilmmakingtalent. Butheisoneofourbestfriends.sowe said"OK,ifyouwanttomakeit,go ahead."Wehadnogreatexpectations aboutwhatitwouldlooklike.Orifit wouldbegood.Andwhenwewatched thefilm,welikeditverymuch.Hedid agreatiob.It'scoo1.Ithasbeenshown atsomeclubsinBeijing.nineortenI think.ButithasnotbeenscreenedOUt

    sideChinahaveplanstoreleaseit asaDVD..Davealsocutamusicvideo fortheband,forasinglefromourlatest

albumiPaper.

    Whatkindofmusicareyoulistening tOthesedays?

    Thatquestionisauitediculttoan-

    swer.Thefourofuscomefromdifferent backgroundsandwelikemanykindsof music.Mylongtimelovesare60sand 70smusic,includingjazz,folkandrock music.Theystillexciteme.Ialsolisten tomanynewbandsfromEuropeandthe UnitedStates.Istartedoutlisteningto BobDylan,NeilYoung,TheDoors,Jimi HendrixandodyGuthrieYwere

    hugeinfluences.Istillreallylikepost- punkbandslike1ingHcads,Patti SmithandTheCure.XuBo,whoipined PK.14in2001.1ikesJoyDivision.Tele. vision,FugaziandSonicYouth. Whatl(indofreceF'tiondOyoure- ceiveinEurope?Arepeoplemorein

    terested.inyoubeingfromChinaorin yourmusic?

    IthinkinEurope.peoplehardly knowanythingabouttherockscenein China.Sowewerenotsurprisedthat thepeoplewhocametoourshowswere moreinterestedinabandfromChina. Andwewerealsonotsurprisedthat peoplewerereallymovedbyourmu

    sic.W_etnedourbestineveryoneofthe

    fortyshowsweplayedin:Europe.The audiencesfelthappynotjustbecause theYwerewatchingabandfromChina, butbecauseweplayedgoodmusictOO. ThatmadeushappytOO.

    IsiteasiertogetgigsinChinathese days?Aretheremorevenuesandfans thanbefore?

    Yes.itiseasier.canbookgigsin

    bigandmedium-sizedcities,andeven somesmailcities.Andyes.thereare morevenuesandfans.Everythingisde velopinginChina.

    atsyourultimateambitionasa band,ordoyouhaveone?Anumberone recordperhaps?MorefansinEurope? Asaband,ofcourse,wewantto

    makegreatrecords.Imean,itisgood ifwehaveanumberonerecordorwe havemorefansinEurope,theUnited Statesorailovertheworld,butitisnot themostimportantthing.Thehappiest thingforuswouldbeifsomeonecomes toussomedayandsays,"Youguysre

    allyinfluencedme,youopenedmy mind."Thatwouldbegreat.?

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