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Re-TROS (Reestablishing the Rights of Statues) Cut Off!

Re-TROS (Reestablishing the Rights of Statues) Cut Off!

Well, a double surprise here! First of all this is a Chinese band, and purchased in a Beijing CD shop for the absurdly high price of 45RMB. BUT it seems to be a complete genuine Chinese pressing with booklet and all. So here I hope that the artists will *actually* get a few tens of mao from this sale!
Very very impressed by this album. Influences are extremely clear, mostly Gothic and New Wave, the Smiths, Cure, New Model Army, Sisters of Mercy and a lot of Joy Division. BUT what is nice with this album is the freshness of the music and the fact that the songs are clearly their own. If Re-TROS can keep it up they will have their own style for the next album.
The music is very catchy and quite well produced (but still sounding like it was made in someones garage, but with good equipment :-). In fact it is pretty impossible to tell it is a Chinese production. There is real depth to the sounds, clear positioning of the instruments and layering, and the vocals are well-defined and very good.
Then going through the sleeve notes, we see a thanks to Brian ENO of all people! So that may explain the extremely high quality of this CD.
This is guitar music. Good old-fashioned direct melodious and only just slightly twisted (and well produced). Very cool stuff. Go out and buy!
I hope to get to see them in concert, I suspect it may be a disappointment in that if my suspicion about Brian Eno is correct then they cannot hold up the quality in concert. To be verified and if needed, descendu en flammes evidemment!