8 February 2016: As we celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome in the year of the monkey, we take a look at some of the best bands to come out of China.
When people think of China and music, traditional erhus and high-pitched operatic singing tend to come to mind. Either that, or seedy karaoke bars with bellowing drunkards tend to tar the image of the Chinese music scene.
However, in the entire nation of China’s 1.3 billion people, it seems absurd to think that no amazing new punk or electro bands were birthed. Indeed, China has produced some fantastic rock and roll bands that continue to inspire and shape the Chinese music scene to date.
From the quirky outfits of Queen Sea Big Shark to the hard rock power anthems of Black Panther to the poetically political lyrics of Zuoxiao Zuzhou, here are 13 of the best rock artists from China.
Happy Chinese New Year!