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Brain Failure

Sounding something like a latter-day version of the Clash, Beijing's Brain Failure got together in 1997 while its members were still in high school and rocking out to Western bands like the Clash, Sex Pistols, and Operation Ivy. Singing in both Mandarin and English, their raucous street punk anthems were comparable to California's Rancid and made Brain Failure heroes in Beijing's burgeoning punk and hardcore scenes. The guys issued various demos and appeared on China's first punk compilation before putting out their debut album, Turn on the Distortion, in 2002 via Japanese indie Bad News Records. They became the first Chinese punk act to gig widely outside of the country, and tours of Asia and the U.S. followed the record's release. In time, Brain Failure caught the ear of Dropkick Murphys bassist Ken Casey, who became a huge supporter of the band. In 2003, they performed at Austin's SXSW and New York's CMJ festivals, and hit a Boston studio with Casey, who handled production, to record their next album. American Dreamer was completed by January 2004 and released through Thorp Records the following year. By then Brain Failure comprised sole original member Xiao Rong (vocals/guitar) alongside Wang Jian (guitar), Ma Jiliang (bass), and Xu Lin (drums). They spent 2005 gigging throughout North America with bands like the Unseen, Ramallah, the Business, and Roger Miret & the Disasters, as well as played several dates of the annual Warped Tour. Brain Failure eventually took some time off from the road in the summer of 2006 to record tracks (again with Casey) for a split album with Boston ska-punks Big D & the Kids Table. The resulting Beijing to Boston was issued through Bad News in February 2007. ~ Corey Apar
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Beijing To Boston

1. Coming Down To Beijing

2. Living In The City

3. Time To Go

4. Fall In Love 2008

5. City Junk

6. You're Gonna Die

7. Faded

8. Taking Back The Rhythm

9. I'm Yours Boston

10. Running Young

11. Digging In Your Nails

12. Ruin You

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Track List: Hellcat Records Presents...Give Em The Boot IV

1. Killing Zone

2. Dirty Reggae

3. Atomic

4. Propaganda

6. Lost Paradise

7. Caught In Between

8. Marshall Law

9. I'm Shipping Up To Boston

11. That's What I Know

12. Let There Be Peace

13. Dead Bodies

14. Romper Stomper (Remix)

15. Junco Partner (Live)

16. No Rest For The Weekend

17. Dia De Los Muertos

18. Waste Of Time

19. Break Me

20. Where They Wander

21. S.C. Drunx

22. Trauma

23. Skinwalkers

24. Wasted Life

25. Rise Up

26. Room To Breathe

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um... rancid like guitar... check, vocals: check, same melody... they sound good but for a minute there i thought this was a rancid CD i'd missed...
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Sounds like they stole Matt Freeman's rig after a Rancid show in Boston.
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Somebody want to tell me how the hell Rancid isn't listed as a similar artist?
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That is because it is Dicky Barrett on Vocals.
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blatant Rancid rip-off...bo o o o !
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sounds like Rancid and Mighty Mighty Bosstones had a little punk baby!
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it is a great band... from china....
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this is such a good discography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F * * K YOU PANDORA
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Great melodic punk from Japan. Sounds different from its fellow Japanese punksters like Nicotine and Coquettish.

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