1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Re-TROS (Rebuilding the Rights of Statues) began in the underground music scene of Nanjing, China in 2004. Lead singer/guitar/keys Hua Dong had just returned from studying abroad in Germany and was drumming for seminal Chinese post-punk band P.K.14 when he formed the band with bassist Liu Min, now his wife. Soon, the couple moved to Beijing, enrolled a local drummer, and began playing out in Beijing clubs.
The band quickly caught the attention of Beijing’s Modern Sky Records and were signed to the label in 2005. Shortly thereafter, they recorded their first EP 'Cut Off!' in Modern Sky’s then basement studio, with keyboard contributions by a visiting Brian Eno. The record received critical praise in China, and soon the band was playing sold-out shows to a growing legion of die-hard fans.
The past dozen years since the release of 'Cut Off!' (credited by many in the Chinese music scene as one of the more pivotal records to come out of mid-00’s Beijing) have seen the band release their full length LP 'Watch Out! Climate Has Changed, Fat Mum Rises' to critical acclaim; tour the world, playing major Chinese and international festivals and supporting bands including Gang Of Four, PiL, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Paul Weller, Cut Copy, and more; and continue to garner accolades from Chinese and foreign press - including The New York Times, NPR, ABC News, Vice, The Village Voice, and many more.
Mark Cruttenden, Greg Foran, Greg O'neill, and Matt Williams are Lightninging - a handful of knuckleheads since old times that play 'American' rock and roll in the tradition of other 'American' rock and roll bands. Eyes closed, sad and sadistic, 'good loud' and guile-less music for having too good a time to. Ask them why they still do it. They'll tell you all about it.