A Pleasure To Be Here EP (Boys Climbing Ropes)

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A Pleasure To Be Here
Artist Boys Climbing Ropes
English title A Pleasure To Be Here
Publisher Self-produced
Date of release 2008 exactly on 2008/05/09
Release Type CD
Languages on Record English
Total Discs 1
Total Tracks 7
This is a record which could be a CD, LP, tape, digital netdownload or any other kind of collection of music. For a more precise definition, see Category:Records.


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Track Listing

  1. The One Trouble
  2. Dirty Bots
  3. A Pleasure To Be Here
  4. The Night Boy
  5. Calculate!
  6. Polar Bears
  7. A Pleasure To Be Here (Lo-Fi Remix)


  • (c) that's Shanghai Magazine, Aelred Doyle, July 1, 2008

We have to admit we immediately warmed to these guys when we found out they list the Oriental Pearl Tower as their one and only influence on their MySpace page. Entering the burgeoning Shanghai indie-rock scene is local band Boys Climbing Ropes, a trio of Canadian dudes from Ottawa and a Chinese poetess. Their seven-song EP talks about everything from rich kids partying to, well, actually the forcefully delivered lyrics are hard to get a hold of at times. This is not a bad thing: BCR jam like the Strokes and sing like a cross between the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Modest Mouse; "A Pleasure to Be Here" opens with a riff that sounds like it marched straight off a Franz Ferdinand song. The EP's best song is probably "Dirty Bots", featuring a more toned-down sound than most of the other fare, and some heartfelt singing from lead singer Xiao "Punk" Pengke and guitarist Jordan Smalls. While vocal quality on the record can be a little weak and lacks the polished sound of expensive production, Xiao Pengke's voice has a gently compelling depth, and the guitars hold up extremely well under pressure. All told, this is a band to look out for. Perhaps one day they'll be a defining feature of the Shanghai music skyline.


Further information

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