Some TING! 听 #001: Carsick Cars & Ghost Wave

Introducing… Some TING! 听 (tīng, ‘to listen’) sharing independent music from both China and Nu Zilland.

This week we’ve got Carsick Cars and Ghost Wave. Jangly guitars, surf rock, sunglasses and cigarettes.

>>>>>Carsick Cars are a guitar-bass-drum trio from Beijing that formed back in 2005. Despite a few line-up changes in recent years, the band have retained the catchy, guitar-driven melodies that have made them one of the biggest indie bands in China today. The band are signed to Maybe Mars and are part of the big Tenzenmen family. You can buy their third album from the Maybe Mars Bandcamp.

>>>>>Ghost Wave are a rock ‘n’ roll band from Auckland who describe their sound as ‘somewhere between the Flying Nun bands of the ‘80s, the British explosion of the ‘60s, and the wayfaring dubs of Lee “Scratch” Perry.’ They are currently signed to Flying Nun and Arch Hill and their first album Ages is out now.

Carsick Cars. Photo from Northern Transmissions.

Carsick Cars. Photo from Northern Transmissions.

^You may have heard this extremely catchy and endearingly repetitive song in the Ai Wei Wei documentary Never Sorry.

Ghost Wave. From their Facebook page.

Ghost Wave. From their Facebook page.

Both bands have toured their latest albums in their home countries and in the US, where their surfy psychedelic stylings seem to fit right in. Carsick Cars just wrapped up their tour last month, while Ghost Wave are working on their second record for independent release.

Shouwang, the frontman of Carsick Cars plays in the experimental electro outfit White+ (白+).

Ghost Wave’s drummer Eamonn is also responsible for the chill beats of Lightening and plays in the ambient electronic duo Team Cat Food with Liam aka Forest Spirits.

Enjoy! Listen! Ting! 听! There will be Some TING else for you to check out next week.