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April 8, 2009

The Three Represents: biographical data file.

[I tried to upload an Mp3 today but i'm at work so it didn't work. Instead, let's recap.]

Who are The Three Represents?

Well, at the beginning of 2008 Frank moved to Shenzhen in south China. On a business trip, he had previously met a Californian named Jeff who played the drums and was about to start working at the same office. They decided to form a band together. In February they located a rehearsal studio and began to play music on the weekends. Jeff would play the drum kit, Frank would play bass and run loops off of his laptop. A few recordings were made with a cassette recorder.

This was fun but it wasn't a band. When Pete - another coworker, and raised in New Hampshire - was transferred from the Beijing office to the Shenzhen office, he was drafted as a guitarist. Jeff remained on the drum throne and Frank became the vocalist as well as the bassist. This lineup rehearsed almost every weekend, beginning in April 2008. The songs were mostly old songs written by Frank, or covers of not-particularly-famous songs. Finally, we got our first show - playing on Halloween at a mall near where we all live, called "Central Walk."

After this show went well, we began to do more recording. Mostly this meant capturing our rehearsal using a macbook or an iPhone. More recently, though, we've started to work on multitrack recordings made on my computer. Also, when Pete returned from his Christmas vacation, he brought his 12-string back with him. Frank got a banjo and a cheap Chinese six-string, and Jeff bought a pair of bongos, and our acoustic lineup was finally established. We still haven't played any shows in this incarnation but our recordings are going more and more in an acoustic direction.

Disappointed with the music scene in Shenzhen, our plan for 2009 is to play 5 shows in Hong Kong, where there are many more bands, scenes, genres, venues, etc. [Plus we all love Hong Kong.] The first gig in HK will be on April 18. We also plan to release a short demo at that time, and I'll post the tracks from that here as I mix them down.

It's just about our one-year anniversary as a band, and we've finally decided on a name, too - The Three Represents.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hope you guys will come to Underground Shenzhen on APril 24th at Jin Bar. :)