Duck Fight Goose
Shanghai's Duck Fight Goose boldly explores what they like to call "future rock." With frictionless crescendos and smooth stops and starts, the band evokes a utopian cityscape teeming with healthy humanoids.
On their debut LP, Sports, Duck Fight Goose presents a soundtrack for the neon nights of their home city, shimmery polyrhythms bouncing between arena rock bravado and unselfconscious glee. Indebted to Battles' virtuosic math-rock and the gurgling processed loops of Animal Collective, the members of Duck Fight Goose are strong proponents of the more-is-more approach. Polished to a sheen, their songs are all about refinement and progress, whether it be of the human physique ("Athlete") or technology ("Ghost is Online").
The band constantly risks absurdity: juxtaposed against an aesthetic of cyborg precision, their attempts at anthemic lyrics often come off as farcical. "If you hug no one, no one will hug you," singer Han Han earnestly bellows in his deepest croon.
Still, the tension in Duck Fight Goose’s music is rooted in such deliberate folly. While the band claims to reject popular music and regards contemporary Chinese society as “funny,” their sybaritic guitar stroking and wholehearted embrace of musical gadgetry suggest a re-appropriation of pop idioms amidst their country’s exuberant entrance into global capitalism.
Duck Fight Goose is regarded as something of a super-group in China, gathering together some of Shanghai’s most prolific weird-pop luminaries. Han Han, one of the band’s founders, also runs venerated boutique label Miniless, a fixture of the local scene and one of the earliest institutions to challenge Beijing's erstwhile monopoly on adventurous music.
In 2012, Duck Fight Goose will take their athletic brand of experimental rock to South By Southwest—the group’s first foray outside of China.
Han Han, Wushan Ming "33," Weiwei "Panda," Cao Die Yu "Damen"