Gong Gong Gong - Phantom Rhythm [PRE-ORDER]

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Gong Gong Gong - Phantom Rhythm [PRE-ORDER]

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Available in LP, Special Edition LP and CD Formats. First 150 LPs hand-numbered. Special Edition LPs come with a Gong Gong Gong enamel pin (pins limited to 100). Jackets are 24pt stock on reverse board and printed on a Heidleberg press.

About Phantom Rhythm

Guitar-and-bass duo Gong Gong Gong charges out from Beijing’s underground scene with a distinct vision and uncompromising sense of purpose. The group unites musical cultures, drawing on inspirations as wide-ranging as Bo Diddley, Cantonese opera, West African desert blues, drone, and electronic music. 

Gong Gong Gong eschews traditional rock percussion, but on their debut LP, Phantom Rhythm 幽靈節奏, the locomotive chug of Tom Ng’s guitar combines with Joshua Frank’s thumping, harmonics-laden bass lines to conjure an aura of ghostly snare hits and timpani overtones. Over Frank’s enigmatic melodies, Ng sings in Cantonese, piecing together abstract tales of absurdity, doubt, desire, and lust. Synchronized to the point of near-telepathy, the band use their minimalistic tools and idiosyncratic playing style to challenge the notions of rock n’ roll and strip the form down to its bare essentials: rhythm, melody, and grit.

About Gong Gong Gong

Formed in 2015, the band’s earliest shows were in Beijing underpass tunnels and DIY spaces. Ng and Frank are both outsiders who call the city their home: Ng, who was born in Hong Kong, defiantly sings in his native tongue, while Frank, originally from Montreal, has lived in Beijing on and off since childhood. (He is the English translator of Ng’s lyrics, adding another layer to the duo’s close collaboration). The duo is set to follow up the release of the Siren 7" with the release of the Phantom Rhythm album in the Fall of 2019.

Produced & Mixed by Jonny Schenke. Recorded at Seaside Lounge and Mixed at Studio Windows. Mastered by Carl Saff.

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