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Danish rockers to make city debut

ONE of Shanghai's most important live music venues, JZ Club, welcomes Denmark's leading rock band, Nephew, at the end of the month.

Despite a 15-year history, the band will play live in the city for the first time.

Founded in 1996 in Arhus, the second-largest city in Denmark, the band consists of leading singer-songwriter Simon Kvamm, guitarist Kristian Riis, drummer Soren Arnholt, bassist Kasper Toustrup and keyboardist Rene Munk Thalund.

Playing melodic rock music, Nephew is famous for the mixture of both Danish and English in their lyrics. "We started singing mostly in English with just a few Danish lyrics, but gradually, we have been using Danish more frequently in our songs," notes the band.

Although the set list for their Shanghai gig has not been revealed, expect to hear hits "The Way I Are," "Police Bells & Church Sirens," "Sov for Satan Mand," "Va Fangool!" "007 Is Also Gonna Die," "Allein Alene," "Byens Hotel" and "Movie Klip."

Since the release of their last album "Danmark/Denmark" in 2009, Nephew has won several prizes including a Danish Music Award for best live act in 2009 with their totally sold-out Danmark/Denmark Tour 2009.

The band has toured extensively in Denmark, Germany and Norway.

They have performed live at Hultsfred Festival in Sweden, at the Roskilde and Skanderborg festivals and Zulu Rocks concert in Denmark.

"This, among other things, proves how popular Nephew is in and around Denmark. Now it is time to take their music to the Chinese scene," says Can Huang, project coordinator with the event organizer, the Danish Chamber of Commerce China Young Professionals.

Nephew's debut album "Swimming Time" was released 11 years ago, but the band's breakthrough in Denmark didn't come until the release of their second album "USADSB" in 2004.

With their third album "Interkom, Kom Ind" the following year, the band cemented their wide critical and commercial acclaim in their native country. Since then Nephew has grown steadily to become regarded as the top rock band in Denmark today.

With Nephew's mix of Danish and English lyrics, the band has also received attention from outside of Denmark and worked with American producer Timbaland on the 2007 hit single "The Way I Are."

Date: March 29, 8-9pm

Address: 46 Fuxing Rd W.

Tickets: 300 yuan (e-mail to to buy tickets and more detail)


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