Incredible performance by New Pants last Friday night at the APT 6 Up Late series at the GOMA.
This hot young pop rock band from Beijing are inspiring musicians and creative performers. They have a wry ironic humour and stylized dance moves. They let loose in a controlled and choreographed way with fun moves, video clips, costumes and props. They radiate a confidence and energy reminiscent of 80s punk bands, yet with a cuteness and upbeat spirit that surprises and entertains.
Image from TimeOut. Following blurb from APT 6 GOMA website.
Formed in 1996 by four boys from Beijing — Peng Lei, Pang Kuan, Lo Bo, and Shang Xiao (who left the band in 2002) — New Pants is arguably one of the most influential pop/rock bands in China today.
Between 1998 and 2006, New Pants released four albums in China through Modern Sky Records. New Pants (1998) was listed second in the ’Top Ten 90’s Albums’ compiled by the prestigious Hong Kong magazine MCB. Disco Girl (2000) earned the group ’Best Music Video’ and ‘Best Rock Single of the Year’ for the song ‘I love you’ at the Channel V/Pepsi Music Awards in China. We Are Automatic (2002) won ‘Best Video’ award from the 2003 MTV Asia Awards; and Dragon Tiger Panacae (2006) received positive reviews from Rolling Stone China and MCB, spurring a tour of clubs and stadiums throughout China.
In 2007, New Pants headlined the Modern Sky festival at Haidian Park, Beijing, with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and released their fifth album, Equal Love, in 2008.