Location: Shanghai, China
Artwork by Nini Sum @ Idlebeats.com
Our third DaBaoGe release is very different to the first two, but still very much embedded with the spontaneity and artistry that defines this production style. We quite literally decided to turn up at the venue (Mao Livehouse in Shanghai) and pitch the idea to brothers Robert and David Perlick-Molinari (French Horn Rebellion) after their stage performance. Popular local Shanghai act Duck Fight Goose warmed-up the sparse crowd, scattered over two levels and huddled in glassed-off nooks. We eventually found STD promoter Reggie Laxatives, who turned out to be from the same mid-sized Australian city as Andy.
Their stage performance was a DJ set infused with slapstick theatrics and eponymous french horn solos. Let's be honest, we had no idea what to expect aside from a the few clips cued on MySpace while getting ready to leave the house and rumours they shared a producer with MGMT –in fact the 'Time To Pretend EP' was produced by David Perlick-Molinari himself. We only realised the band were willing to shoot with us when they emerged into the main bar, necking a bottle of bourbon, offered us some and said they'd do it "later".
At 3am, with their entourage already outside hailing taxis we recorded this little ditty jam. Ambient vocals supplied by six drunk punters supporting the flaccid limbs of a friend—a life size marionette drifting in and out of consciousness—in the stairwell below. It didn't turn out exactly how we expected. But in a way, that's what it's all about.
Charles & Andy