The modern musical phenomenon that is Muscle Snog began in 2006. This strange little band from Shanghai originally boasted a line up of three members Maimai, Fan Xiaoruo and Hei Xiongmao. In their early shows, Maimai’s lo-fi, rough-and-tumble guitar screamed of Sonic Youth, while Fan Xiaoruo;s synth threw in a strikingly different flavor hectic, zany, even hallucinatory. And although Hei Xiongmao’s guitar parts were not lacking in exclamations, his stylistic restraint gave a perfect balance to the bands overall sound.
While they initially performed with a drum machine, the arrival of bassist 33 and drummer Zhong Ke changed the band forever. Originally hailing from the Shanghai group 33 Islands (and still the heart and soul of the one-and-only Boojii Band), 33′s feverish bass guitar casts an undeniable veil of mystery over their live performances. Before Zhong Ke joined the group, he was the drummer (and guitarist) in Top Floor Circus; now he’s notorious as one of the most energetic drummers in Shanghai. Ever since these two underground Titans joined the group, Muscle Snogs line up and style have become even more dynamic and captivating; even during periods of densely scheduled shows, no two performances sound exactly the same.
Their early music often drew from Noise Rock, Shoegaze, No Wave and Post Rock. Owing to these eclectic influences, Muscle Snog has evolved into something above and beyond your average indie rock band. Their unique sonic fabric is studded with untamed intervals, tempestuous time changes, and mystifying words and phrases. When Muscle Snog takes the stage, you never know what you’re gonna get some nights it’ll be face-melting rock, others mind-bending avant-garde. After attending a 2nd show, you may even have trouble believing that you witnessed the same band.
In October 2007, Muscle Snog released their debut live EP Meng Noise Live@4live Shanghai on Miniless Records, featuring a Lo-Fi sound quality capturing the spirit of their wild performance. After two years, Maybe Noise (a sub label of Maybe Mars) cooperated with Miniless Records to release Muscle Snog’s debut studio album Mind Shop.