Snapline live photograph

Li Qing (guitar and keyboards) and Li Weisi (bass) met whilst students at the Beijing Institute of Technology. Their music was dedicated to working out in a contemporary Beijing context the sounds and ideas produced by the noise and minimalist musicians of the 1970s and 1980s, especially focusing on the New York scene of that period.

Also wanting to explore the dark, industrial music coming out of England during that period, especially from bands like Joy Division and the Cure, the two created Snapline, which performed strange, drum-machine-driven music over dark, minor chords.  Chen Xi, on vocals and drum machine, bought a softer, more fluid sound to the band with his delicate and slightly otherworldly singing.

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