In the western part of China, Chengdu’s music scene is exploding with a host of bands creating a sound based on both influences within both their country and outside. Case in point: Stolen (秘密行动), a band that has been making strides since 2014, and one of the band’s leading the charge.
Their debut, “Loop” (循环), off of D-Force Records, the latest label to make a safe haven for China’s underground music scene, is a tightly wound polished piece of electro rock that feels fresh, vital, and just out there enough to find a lasting audience.
Mixing everything from post punk, new wave, to indietronica, the band puts to haunting effect steely guitars, dark synthesizers, and a dash of Middle Eastern flavoring on “Amair”, a murky rally call for a generation stuck in a rapidly modernizing China.
As much a product of China’s indie music scene as it is of the West’s, Stolen are foraging their own path.