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Accidental Collision is a four-piece, street punk outfit from Chongqing, formed in 2005. They combine obvious style cues from influential North-China punks, Brain Failure and Demerit, with an infectiously positive perspective on the day-to-day grind. Music, and in particular the punks guide to life’s priorities is what gets these boys out of bed in the morning (mid-afternoon).
Our basecamp for our four-day expedition through the Chongqing music scene was a small livehouse called Nuts Club, and Lao Gui (the bar owner) our fixer and guide. Back in 2009, long-term Chongqing resident and music promoter, Mike Weed summarized the bar’s appeal, “Packed house, good music, cheap drinks. Can't ask for much more, especially in the CQ.” We met Mike and many of the local musicians we sought on our first night in CQ, under similar circumstances.
Our chance meeting with Accidental Collision didn’t materialize until our last night in Chongqing. Lao Gui had passed them our number and we arranged to meet them at the bar late on the eve of our final day. Down at the bar, Susu jacked his phone into the venue’s PA and cued a handful of the band’s recent tunes. And in much the same time it took us to fill three bar tables with empty, green bottles of Chongqing beer, we settled on the city’s famous cable car as the location for the following morning’s performance.
A few hours later we were back outside Nuts Club, bleary-eyed and loading equipment into Susu’s hatchback. Twenty minutes driving and another thirty minutes searching for a place to park and we were ready to shoot. Dangling high above China’s iconic Yangtze River, band ripped through an acoustic version of their feel good punk anthem, “We Are The Future”. It turns out the 740 meter long cable, installed in 1982, is a near perfect match for the length of a punk track.
The car’s captive audience, were undoubtedly caught off-guard by the performance. But amongst the 15-odd bemused commuters, a couple of enthusiastic young fans emerged, showing their appreciation as we docked on the other side.
Please enjoy the film and follow the band’s journey via their Weibo stream.
Andy & Charles
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