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Chengdu’s STOLEN to Tour with New Order in October


Last year, Beijing post-punk trio Re-TROS impressed their local fanbase by snagging an opening slot on tour with new wave standard bearers Depeche Mode, bridging a gap between Chinese and European lovers of slickly crafted synth-pop. And now, RADII favs STOLEN are one-upping the game:

That’s right: the boys from Chengdu are bringing their very involved, immersive electro-rock act to Europe for a string of six dates supporting none other than new wave OGs, New Order.

The selection is not a coincidence. Stolen’s sophomore album, Fragment, was produced by Mark Reeder, the Mancunian responsible for breaking both Joy Division and New Order in Berlin. Reeder caught the Stolen bug hard when he saw them perform at a music festival in Chengdu two years ago, and has worked overtime to proselytize their music back home. New Order’s Bernard Sumner caught the fever, writing in October:

Stolen are a young Chinese electronic band trying to carve out their own unique sound in a sometimes overwhelming environment of commercial “junk music.” I think [Fragment] is a brave new album from Stolen and I commend their efforts to shape the future sound of China.

Well done lads. For those New Order fans out there wondering who Stolen are, here is where you start:

Chengdu’s Stolen Refresh the Post-Punk-to-Techno Vector with New Album, “Fragment”

And you can learn much more about the Chengdu scene from whence they came here:

Scene Report: Chengdu’s Underground Music Scene Flourishes in the Cracks and Shadows of a Construction Boom

City Mix: Heady Brew from Chengdu

Josh Feola
Josh Feola is a US-based writer and musician, and RADII's former Culture Editor. His coverage of Chinese music and art has appeared in The Wire, Dazed, MIT Technology Review, Artsy, Bandcamp Daily and more. He's been active in China's underground music scene since 2010 via his booking platform pangbianr.com, and is a former member of Beijing bands Chui Wan, SUBS, and Vagus Nerve.
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