Music Business — October 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

S.A.M.E to bridge musical gap between Australian and Chinese musicians


The longstanding gap between Chinese and Australian musicians will soon be bridged with the announcement that established Chinese indie acts Carsick Cars and Bone will be touring the eastern capitals of Australia this month. Stemming from the Sino Australian Music Exchange initiative (S.A.M.E, which began as a collaboration between DIY music specialists Tenzenmen and Sydney’s ‘Chalk Horse’ Gallery in 2010), the acts will be performing alongside established Australian bands, and other acts involved in Maybe Mars – an independent Chinese music label, launched in 2007.

Carsick Cars will be utilizing this connection to Internationally launch their latest album, “You can listen, you can talk,” which serves as a perfect follow-up to their former creations of fuzzy, fast-paced, punk-infused indie rock. The reception in captial cities such as Melbourne and Sydney is anticipated to be one of unprecedented success, as both contain a large student population of Chinese nationals, many of whom are familiar with both sides of the international music scene. Carsick Cars will be playing alongside established underground Australian acts Teenage Mothers, The Process and Hollow Everdaze, as well as in several solo shows, across October and November, 2011. Other Australian acts, such as the Vasco Era and The East Brunswick All Girls Choir, have toured nationally and internationally in 2011, and are profiled on the Sino Australian Music Exchange blog.

The move to strengthen the relationship between Chinese and Australian musicians comes as a result of an increased cultural secularity between the industries, as documented on several websites such as the S.A.M.E blog (supported by the Australian International Cultural Council), and Marginal Revoltion. Many factors, such as the language barrier that exists between Australians and much of the Asia Pacific, as well as the micro-tonal differences that operate between each music style, are often held to blame for the lack of relationship between each country’s independent music scene. Recently, however, many bands have begun to branch out, and initiatives such as S.A.M.E stand as a testament to the growing bond between the facets of the Asia Pacific Music Scene.

For more information on these tour dates visit our friends at Tenzenmen, or for further enquiries visit S.A.M.E. blog or Facebook page.


By Stephanie Winkler