Re-TROS (Rebuilding the Rights of Statues) began in the underground music scene of Nanjing, China, in 2004. Hua Dong (lead singer/guitar/keys) had just returned from studying abroad in Germany and was drumming for seminal Chinese post-punk band P.K.14, when he formed the band with bassist Liu Min, now his wife. Soon, the couple moved to Beijing and brought on a local drummer.
The band quickly caught the attention of Beijing’s Modern Sky Records and were signed to the label in 2005. Shortly thereafter, they recorded their first EP Cut Off! in Modern Sky’s basement studio, with keyboard contributions by a visiting Brian Eno. The record received critical praise in China, and soon the band was playing sold-out shows to a growing legion of die-hard fans.
The dozen years since the release of Cut Off! (credited by many as one of the pivotal records to come out of mid-’00’s Beijing) have seen the band release their full-length LP Watch Out! Climate Has Changed, Fat Mum Rises to critical acclaim; tour the world, playing major Chinese and international festivals and supporting bands such as Gang Of Four, PiL, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Paul Weller, and Cut Copy; and garner accolades from Chinese and foreign press, including The New York Times, NPR, The Fader, ABC News, Vice, The Village Voice, and many more.
Further cementing their position atop the Chinese independent music scene, the band just completed Before the Applause, recorded and mixed by Hector Castillo (Philip Glass, David Bowie, Björk) in Beijing and Brooklyn. A limited-edition 10’’ came out in July and the full LP will be released on vinyl on September 22 via Modern Sky USA.