In from the Underground
CLASSICAL Chinese music meets American punk-rock band covered by Aussie alt-rockers.
That’s the result of a “loose idea that seems to have taken a bit of form” from Regurgitator bassist Ben Ely.
“Our manager Paul Curtis was booking music for the National Gallery of Victoria and Andy Warhol and the Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei had an exhibition,” he said.
“Paul asked: ‘if Regurgitator was to play at this exhibition, what would you do?’
“And I said just off the top of my head it would be interesting to do the ‘banana album’ (The Velvet Underground’s debut 1967 album The Velvet Underground and Nico) with some Chinese classical musicians.
“My wife’s a dancer and she’d just done a tour of China with this really great Chinese classical musician (Mindy Meng Wang).
“Then he submitted the idea to the art gallery and they really loved it and it was really, really fun to do and nostalgic.
“And then all these other people kept asking us to perform that show,
Regurgitator is bringing The Velvet Underground’s debut to Perth.