Beijing duo Tom Ng and Joshua Frank make transnational blues with swarming psychedelic borders as Gong Gong Gong. Drawing from the sounds of West Africa to Southeast Asia to Bo Diddley, they’ve forged rushing, pulsing rhythms with lyrics that recount Cantonese tales of absurdity, lust, and love. Their debut US single “Siren 追逐劇” is out today off their forthcoming Wharf Cat 7″.
The track is all guitar and bass, racing froward recklessly. Even without a proper drumbeat, they’ve captured that feeling of being alive on the road, of the speed and the gravel and the fear. Ng’s lyrics are immediate and condensed, chronicling a chase between a horse and a car. It’s a relentless pursuit until the sky cracks open and light shines in.
Below, watch the translated lyric video below for “Siren 追逐劇” and check out Gong Gong Gong’s fall tour dates with Parquet Courts, Flasher, and Bodega.
09/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox w/ Parquet Courts
09/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial w/ Parquet Courts
09/25 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom w/ Parquet Courts
09/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore w/ Parquet Courts
09/28 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz w/ Parquet Courts
10/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville on w/ Eaters
10/19 – Queens, NY @ Outpost Artists Resources
11/30 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Flasher, Public Practice
12/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern w/ Flasher, Public Practice
12/04 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout w/ Flasher, Public Practice
12/05 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Flasher, Public Practice
12/06 – Patterson, NJ @ The Red Wheelbarrow w/ Flasher, Public Practice
02/12 – Brussels, BE @ Rotonde, Botanique w/ Bodega
02/14 – Bottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms w/ Bodega
02/15 – Glasgow, UK @ The Art School w/ Bodega
02/16 – Dublin, IR @ Whelan’s w/ Bodega
02/18 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla w/ Bodega
02/19 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club w/ Bodega
02/20 – London, UK @ Scala w/ Bodega
02/23 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere w/ Bodega
02/25 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown w/ Bodega
02/26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet w/ Bodega
“Siren 追逐劇” b/w “Something’s Happening 突發” is out 11/9 on Wharf Cat. Pre-order it here.