The Gar is a Chinese Rock indie-rock band located in Beijing. The group was founded in 2007 by Zhan Pan (vocals and guitar) Wen Jie (bass), and Wang Xu (drums). The group has since evolved to include Bo Xuan as their bassist, replacing Wen Jie. The group is currently signed to Maybe Mars Records, and plays extensively through Beijing and greater China. Bio (provided by Maybe Mars): The Gar was founded in 2007 with Zhan Pan on vocals and guitar, Wen Jie on bass, and Wang Xu on drums. They followed conventions, sang in Chinese, and didn’t mess around with form; straightforward, no gimmicks. But although they played relatively tame music, even within the indie sphere’s environment of free expression there was something unique about them. In recent years, the exponential growth of technology has created an overabundance of trends and movements that seemed destined to change the face of music forever. However, Gar rejected these distractions and determinedly brought listeners back to the group’s own primal musical origins. They aimed to create music that would resonate with listeners’ experiences and take root in their hearts. In every reincarnation of the music scene there are artists that give voice to the timeless passions of the youth, and in the current setting of Chinese independent music it is the Gar’s music that epitomizes this generation.
Gar has always been loyal to the idea that music should be free and uninhibited. Each of their songs has a thoughtful core of picturesque disorder, but remains eloquently and powerfully melodic. The instrumentation faultlessly amplifies the essence of the lyrics, brings the emotions to life, and takes everything to the next level.
Two years after their eponymous debut release, Gar has begun to reap critical and societal acclaim. The group has taken their creativity in a new direction with new songs that reign in the coarser and wilder elements to achieve a deeper level of focused power.
Eventually, a new bassist – first Hedgehog lead singer Zi Jian and then Hedgehog former bassist, Bo Xuan – joined the band. Again the Gar stood arrogant on the stage, flaunting their tighter command of the music and more complete understanding of themselves. Understanding the turning of the seasons and the nuances of the night sky’s subtle influences on the soul may be the duty of the Sage, but when it comes to music, notes must be shouted before they can breach the soul. The Gar has changed; the spirit of their music has expanded so that listeners can find themselves in each song. After a hiatus of almost a year, the band announced in December 2011 that they are preparing new songs and that they will get into the studio to record their new material very soon.
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