Research and other investigations by Matthew Niederhauser out of Beijing, China.

Generation 6: Young Rockers in Beijing

Ricky Sixx gets ready for the show backstage at Yugong Yishan

The Generation 6 concert at Yugong Yishan featured all the young bucks in Beijing’s rock underground including Residence A, Lazy Camels, Me Guan Me, Mr. Graceless, Rustic, Birdstriking, and Flyx. Musicians in Beijing refer to a wave of new bands from a certain age group as a generation. The first came with China’s godfather of rock, Cui Jian, while the sixth generation is the youngest and still cutting their teeth. This was definitely a culmination point for many of them in so far as they are becoming the defining bands from a fresh crop of performers around the city. Rustic came in with the most momentum after securing the Global Battle of the Bands crown earlier this year – a major triumph for everyone involved in the Beijing rock and punk scene. Otherwise Lazy Camels and Mr. Graceless put on strong sets. The following videos feature outtakes from Lazy Camels, Me Guan Me, Mr. Graceless, and Birdstriking along with a full track from Rustic. Enjoy.

Me Guan Me gets ready for the Generation 6 show backstage at Yugong YishanBirdstriking gets ready for the Generation 6 show backstage at Yugong Yishan

Mr. Graceless gets ready for the Generation 6 show backstage at Yugong YishanLazy Camels gets ready for the Generation 6 show backstage at Yugong Yishan

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