Top Twenty From China’s Underground

Louder Than War’s resident Hong Kong correspondent (and the man behind the Metal Postcard label) takes us on a trip through China’s underground music scene with the help of YouTube.

It’s hard to choose the best top 20 from China’s underground scene because bands, recordings and videos are here one minute and gone the next.

So here’s a selection of songs and bands from the past few years illustrating what the China underground can offer. Some acts are entirely local , some are a mix and some are expat.

Personal favorites are Shanghai based Pairs (the only act we feature twice) & Hong Kong’s My Little Airport who may well sound like Belle & Sebastian at their most twee; but listen a little harder and you’ll hear the politics of The Clash and Crass in there. Also the Low Wormwood and Choi Sai Ho tracks have been personal favorites for years.


Sean Metal Postcard Records

Bird Striking / Monkey Snake


Pairs / A surgeon In A Hospital In Shanghai Severed A Nerve in My Groin


Yours / Slip Out


my little airport / I love the country but not the party


Casino Demon / 赌鬼《悲伤会永远蔓延》


Low Wormwood / We Can’t Help Kissing Each Other


choi sai ho / Mark 6 Players Vs Game Boy People


Dada Baba / Chinese Fried Rice


DP / Velvet Tiger


Reykjavictim – Mediocre Superstar


Laura Palmer – Cat Dream (Live)


Carsick Cars / You Can Listen You Can Talk

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Liman / Dirty Party (Live)


Queen Sea Big Shark / Let’s Play


Poubelle International / The Hedonist


Pairs / YangPu Qu


Cochukmo / Goodnight


Little Punk / Documentary – Varios Songs


A Roller Control / Story Of A Fly Live)


Fang Zui Xiang Fa – DIY

All words by Sean Hocking. You can read more by Sean on Louder Than War here. His label, Metal Postcard, can be found here.
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