Beijing-based Rebuilding the Rights of Statues, more commonly known as Re-TROS, always felt like the most likely to shove boundaries. Their wonderfully-named debut album Watch Out! Climate has Changed, Fat Mum Rises…, released in 2009, drew influences from indie, rock and post-punk icons such as Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Bauhaus.
However, moments of dark-eyed delving towards more complex rhythms on that album and, after its release, synth-smeared melodies performed live on stage, hinted that a mould-break was on the way.
The band used to extoll the virtues of classic indie rock icons, but now enthuse about Battles, Liars and TV On The Radio when asked about the influences for their new album. “We felt bored with the sound we had been doing,” says husky-voiced singer/guitarist/synth player Hua Dong. “Sure, bands like Joy Division are in my blood… but I wanted to have something new in my blood.”