One of the best bands that came out of the miracle years of 2004-2005 was the now-legendary Ne Zha, whose early performances had them widely handicapped to become Beijing’s leading underground band. It was not to be, however, and internal dissension destroyed the band by early 2006.
Very quickly Ne Zha frontman and songwriter Zhan Pan joined forces with Wen Jie and Wang Xu to create The Gar. With their unique songwriting skills and the inspired, at-times-falsetto singing of frontman Zhang Pan, almost from the beginning the band developed fans and followers. They have been compared to Television and Pavement, and their quirky, off-kilter style does resemble that of both bands, but there is as much Chinese pop sensibility and San Francisco psychedelia in their style as there are reminders of Television and Pavement.
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