Listen While you Read
“Rainbow Danger Club’s live shows are unfailingly entertaining and [The New Atlantis EP] displayed ability for combining experimental rock instrumentation with catchy indie hooks and imaginative lyrics to great effect.” -Time Out Shanghai, March 2011
“RDC has gone beyond the norm, crafting a seamless sonic collage of lush vocal melodies, reverb-laden guitars, atmospheric synths, and understated rhythms for Where Maps End, resulting in what is surely the most sophisticated release from a Shanghai band in the last four years.” -The Beat (City Weekend), March 2011
“[Where Maps End’s] epic tracks, “Live on in Photographs,” “Neighbors on the Rooftops,” and “Babies Grow on Trees,” are simply too good to not be experienced first-hand.” -CNNgo, March 2011
“With riveting, epic melodies that soar and patter along majestically, the Rainbow Danger Club manages to effortlessly skirt the line between beauty and ugliness, light and dark, innocence and depravity. One of the greatest bands to emerge from the Shanghai music scene lately, they never cease to amaze audiences with their grandiose musicality and adeptness at crafting songs that don’t seem to leave your head.” -The Guardian (UK), December 2010
(stolen and edited from Split Works)
One of Shanghai’s most talented new bands, Rainbow Danger Club has been wowing Chinese and foreign music fans since the 2010 release of their debut EP, The New Atlantis. Their theatrical live shows, fantastical lyrics, and lush arrangements have drawn comparisons to the Arcade Fire and the Decemberists as well as David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Berlioz. With the release of 2011’s full-length Where Maps End, Rainbow Danger Club have established themselves at the forefront of a new generation of Chinese rock coming out of Shanghai. Despite being a Shanghai-based band, the members of RDC are all American-manufactured anthropomorphic robots.
Both Where Maps End and The New Atlantis showcase the band’s penchant for epic storytelling in their lyrics and baroque production values. With limited means (Where Maps End was recorded primarily in lead singer Munson’s apartment and produced by bassist Nichols), Rainbow Danger Club has gathered both a dedicated fan following across China and the world, as well as glowing reviews in the Guardian (UK), CNNGo, and MTVIggy. Their song “Neighbors on the Rooftops” was selected for the Guardian’s Music Alliance Project Global Music Mixtape and voted Best Song of 2010 by City Weekend Shanghai.
RDC is currently working on new material with an EP set to be released on November 13th, 2012 and a follow-up full-length album to be released in early 2013. With fans chiming from as far as the Netherlands, Belgium and the USA, Rainbow Danger Club is poised for even more international attention and acclaim in the coming year.
The Live Show
Outside of performing at clubs and bars in Shanghai, RDC has been invited to perform at 4 major festivals in China including Modern Sky’s Strawberry Music Festival and the Black Rabbit Festival, toured domestically to cities Beijing, Wuhan, and Hangzhou, and opened for or toured with international acts visiting China including USA’s French Horn Rebellion and Lymbyc System and Holland’s The Black Atlantic. In 2012, they completed a 15-city tour of the United States. It was not an economic disaster.
Rainbow Danger Club is unapologically grandiose in their sound and performances. Their album release party was a culmination of the band’s ever-popular live shows, where waistcoats and vintage flying goggles are as common as giddily dancing audience members and rousing, fist-pumping sing-alongs.
Rainbow Danger Club是 一个扎根于中国上海的四人乐队。他们兼具实验、流行、后摇滚、前卫摇滚和电子这些音乐元素。他们作为独一无二的“实验流行乐”标签被世界各国的混音与播客 所推荐。他们多姿多彩而又夸张的舞台表演使他们成为中国最“噪”的现场。他们以经典流行乐，手指拨片式吉他、重型失真贝斯、充满张力的小号、声乐的和谐、 精妙的歌词、反传统的谱曲与制作凌驾于争议与赞誉之上。
Rainbow Danger Club的第一张完整专辑《Where Maps End》，充满了雄心壮志，与音乐叙事的主旋律结合了点童话色彩。在音乐上，它融合了众多风格、乐器与情绪，同时还保持了乐色上的重心。《Where Maps End》在2011年3月发行以后，获得了包括英国卫报、MTV IGGY和CNNgo在内的众多国内外音乐网站以及博客的好评。其中的先行单曲《Neighbors on the Rooftops》被City Weekend评为“2010年度最佳单曲”。