B. History of Underbaby, 2001-present
In 1999, China's breakthrough punk rock album <Awake> was finally released and sold 65,000 cassette tapes after only two months. In total it sold more than 300,000 - a staggering amount considering how rampant piracy was back then with cassettes. Soon after the release the band underwent some changes in the lineup. Gao Jing Xiong went on to experiment with electronic music and Gao Yang the drummer continued to play in other early punk bands - both later to rejoin and give new life back to the original band in 2012.
Now, in 2013, Gao Jing Xiong, the founder of the band states that "...although the transformation from a small pioneering punk band to the band you hear now was difficult, it was beneficial in the long run. The band has been able to draw from its early punk roots and combine them to make a rich tapestry of China's modern culture."
Gao Jing Xiong states:
"...after the release of <Awake> I became bored with punk and tried to find a new direction. However, the drummer Gao Yang still had enthusiasm for punk. He played bass for Brain Failure Band and played drums 69 Band. As both bands split up, Gao Yang stayed in Yunnan for a while.
In 1999, I started to collaborate with different musicians. For the first time I suggested producer to remix the single <All the Same> in the genre of drum bass and later the song was included in the album <Awake>. The song Sweet Revenge, composed with musical synthesizer, was included in the collection produced in 1998 by Friendly Dog Music Production. The Friendly Dog also invited musicians from Taiwan, Hongkong, mainland and Paris to write songs. The same year, I invited Sun Dawei and Li Peng (keyboardist) to work with me right after recording the single <Transformation>. In 2001, we recorded a demo included 12 songs. Theme song structure whole sample is after metamorphosis, as an outsider, observation of life occurred in the ultra realistic point of view, the new observer's perspective, re-examine this society, to re-examine themselves. The music style of the 180 degree turn, you could say he is "Alternative chillout". The same summer, we sang our new songs in Xiedao Festival, and then I went to Europe.
In 2003, former members in UnderBaby gathered in Yunnan and traveled to Koh Suami Island together. After returned back, we decided to do a tour. no seat for Having an assistant,we drove to performance places by ourselves. Due to the limited time for rehearsal. But in some city's performance is quite satisfactory and enjoy. Here is Zhuhai”s Live house and a University of Yantai stadium. In the national tour, we traveled more than ten thousand kilometers through many province, including Shandong ,Jiangsu,Zhejiang, Hangzhou, JiangxiNanchang, HubeiWuhan,Hunan,Sichuan and Guangdong. Though the tour that lasted for nearly half year made us exhausted at last, the whole experience was worth doing again.
At the end of 2007, UnderBaby was invited to attend Tenth Anniversary Performance. Then in 2008 the band held a special concert. The next two years, our band performed in various music festivals held in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Xi’an, etc. In 2011, we appeared in Nanchang Xi An Festival. In 2012 we recorded an EP which included six songs. And in 2013 we had a new album release show in Beijing."