Carsick Cars first made a name for themselves in the Beijing underground rock scene with gigs one writer described as “riotous explosions of pent-up energy”—but I guess we’ll have to take his word for it. Today’s track comes off their second album, 2009′s You Can Listen You Can Talk, put out in China on the Maybe Mars label. Carsick Cars were seen as one of the progenitors of the No Beijing sound—they were one of four bands featured on a compilation of the same name released in 2005—a clear riff on the classic No New York release some 30 years prior. The group’s No Wave roots go deeper than that, though—You Can Listen You Can Talk was produced by Wharton Tiers, drummer for Theoretical Girls and producer for big names like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. In 2006, the group’s guitarist Shou Wang was among the 100 guitarists who joined Glenn Branca in the recording of his Symphony No. 13 (Hallucination City), and Carsick Cars opened for Sonic Youth on the Vienna and Prague stops of the latter group’s tour the next year.

Carsick Cars’ original lineup disbanded in 2010, but their two albums are both well worth your time. Check them out if you haven’t.



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