Wood Pushing Melon
2016.5.13 21:20 - 22:20
华侨城创意文化园北区B10现场 B10 Live, North District of OCT-LOFT
宋雨喆 Song Yuzhe - 主唱 Vocals
张方泽 Zhang Fangze - 吉他 Guitar
陈创远 Chen Chuangyuan - 贝斯 Bass
李中涛 Li Zhongtao - 鼓 Drums
“It is impossible for me to define the band. Just as nonsense as its name, Wood Pushing Melon, itis undescribable. But at the same time, you could also feel that behind this nonsense, there are numerous powers resisting each other.”
— Zhang Xiaozhou, Critic
As one of the most astonishing progressive rock band in Chinese music scene, Wood Pushing Melon (WPM) was found in 1998 and had their lineup settled in 2000. Their songs“Do-Sol-Do（《哆嗦哆》）” and “How the Steel Was Not Tempered（《钢铁是怎样没有炼成的》）” were representative masterpieces of that period in China. “They created the most unsettling sound of Chinese rock”, said Zhang Xiaozhou.
Back in those days when we can still recall, WPM was a beast with a heart full of compassion, absurd yet real, shocking the listeners from inside out:
“Mocking, lashing, insulting and mourning, within their music they effortlessly cast ugly reality with beautiful dreams into a great monument.”
“WPM is a master at using simplest yet most destructive imageries to interpret the most straightforward emotions, which endows their songs with power beyond expression.”
“Absolutely world-class, an excellent model of progressive rock!”
“They’re one of those very few who don’t follow the 4/4 rules yet can still hammer the audience into submission.”
Based on art rock, music style of WPM keeps both the roughness of hard rock and cynical attitude of earlier punk, with traces of futurism shown on the tune color and structure of their works. Their blade-like singing walks the edge of rock and opera, and the raging trends of guitar and bass are fierce yet filling with introspection, while their drums rolling along like crushing dry weeds and smashing rotten wood.
The band had been disappeared from public for more than a decade. Until last summer, thanks to the efforts of all members, they finally decided to come back together. Talking about the band’s new direction, vocal Song Yuzhe says, “If we tend to reproduce WPM as the way it was, we would have published the old recordings long ago. Now as we reunited and returned with pride, it would be way more than just coping our teen impulse, otherwise I’d rather stay focusing on Dawanggang（大忘杠）. ”
 Dawanggang: Another band led by Song Yuzhe, music style blending experimental with world music.