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Doing what comes naturally

THE easygoing upbeat band Little Nature says that like their name they are doing "the simplest and happiest things" and getting back to basics. Nie Xin knows the score.

Yet another rising star in the indie sky is Little Nature, a three-piece band of very young guys who play rock pop and punk.

They're giving a show on April 30 at Yuyintang Live House, and their first album of original songs is expected this summer.

Founded in 2007, the band includes post-1980s drummer Zhong Jiayu (Xiao Zhong), vocalist Zhao Qintao (A Bao) and the post-1990s guitarist Song Zhengdong (San Gui).

Zhong and Zhao were classmates in high school and both played in the school orchestra.

"We played music together for many years and got the idea of forming a rock band in 2007 when we met guitarist Song," recalls Zhong.

They started cooperating with the indie culture company Soma in 2008. Their first album contains 11 songs, all original. Vocalist Zhao composed most of the songs; the trio worked together on the arrangements.

Popular titles include "Sorry, I Love You," "Colorful," "Meeting You," "My Father" and "Different World" - they have all been played at live houses including the famous Mao and Yuyintang.

The songs express positive emotions and attitudes toward life, love and the future. Compared with some other bands, criticism of social realities, such as materialism, are generally low key.

"We are expressing our understandings and attitudes toward our own life. We don't need artificial screaming from fans. Nature is the spirit we always pursue in our music," says Zhong.

"Just like our name, Little Nature, we are doing the simplest and happiest things, bringing things back to their basics through our music," he says.

After almost three years (not very long), the young band is maturing.

"We are making progress all the time, including in our musical skills, stage experience and understanding of music," says Zhong.

"Among so many indie rock bands, we think the most important elements are the songs and the way we express our music," says Zhao.

As an ambitious young punk group, the band is doing the best to realize our dream, but naturally.

"What we give to the audience is only one thing. That is 'enjoy.' Please remember this pure name - Little Nature," says the drummer, proudly.

Date: April 30, 9pm

Venue: Yuyingtang Live House, 851 Kaixuan Rd (near Yan'an Rd W.)

Tickets: 40 yuan

Tel: 5237-8662

Just like other bands cooperating with the indie culture company Soma, we (Momo) have staged together with Little Nature many times.

In my opinion, Little Nature will be a very successful band because of their good looks, multiple elements of rock music and songs in their own style.

The three always look like a family, which I think is very important for a band.

Vocalist Zhao Qintao, A Bao, born in 1986

A Bao grew up with punk and pop.

His favorite artist is Takeshi Hosomi, the former vocalist and guitarist of the famous Japanese punk band Ellegarden.

Zhao started playing guitar in middle school.

"I do hope that after many years, like 30 or 40, we are still together, playing music and giving live shows," he says.

A Bao likes watching movies and playing video games and enjoys sports.

Drummer Zhong Jiayu, Xiao Zhong, born in 1986

He started playing music in 2001 in high school.

His favorites are pop and punk and he's a big fan of the Beijing punk band Reflector.

"I don't want to make a blueprint for our band because I don't want it to be limited," he says. "The most important thing is to enjoy the music and be happy."

Xiao Zhong enjoys sports, especially running.

Guitarist Song Zhengdong, San Gui, born in 1990

When he was only 15, Song lived with his grandfather and there was a musical instruments store near his home.

"I went to the studio frequently, started to play guitar and got to know some local bands there," he says.

That's when he got the idea of forming his own band. "The most important thing to me is to play music happily and be relaxed. I like all music styles."


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