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Re-TROS - Before the Applause (Modern Sky USA)

Add Date: 10/10
Focus Track: 10, 6
FCC: 9
Format: Top 200, Modern Rock Specialty

Artist Info: On the heels of its release, Re-TROS (Rebuilding the Rights of Statues) unveiled Before the Applause via Big Takeover. The iconic zine noted that with this second full-length album, Re-TROS "set sights on conquering new territories." "They rose up to the task with brio," they added, "by captivating audiences with their unique brand of post punk, and incendiary lives shows in North America and the UK." The band's "wonderfully creative and avant-garde" (Post Punk Magazine) sophomore LP has already been lauded "one of the best albums yet to surface in 2017" by Toronto Star's Ben Rayner. They "condense the frisson of their past work into momentary bursts that fit neatly into a newfound Krautrock pulse" noted the Chicago Reader, while Consequence of Sound praised the single "Red Rum Aviv" as a "manic, colorful rush." 

Re-TROS 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 has played major Chinese and international festivals; support bands including: Gang Of Four, PiL, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Paul Weller, and Cut Copy, among others; and continue to garner accolades from Chinese and foreign press - including The New York Times, NPR, The Fader, ABC News, Vice, The Village Voice, and many more. 

Further cementing their position atop the Chinese independent music scene, Before The Applause was recorded and mixed by Hector Castillo (Philipp Glass, David Bowie, Björk) in Beijing and Brooklyn.