In from the Un­der­ground

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music -

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.

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