Raised by Nanjing intellectuals, Rebuilding The Rights Of Statues frontman Hua Dong was exposed to rock music at an early age and began writing songs and playing instruments in his teens. After a few years spent studying abroad in Germany, he returned to Nanjing where he began drumming for seminal Chinese rockers PK14. It was in the Nanjing underground music scene that Hua Dong met bassist Liu Min, who had been playing in bands around town. The pair eventually drifted to Beijing in 2003, where they were introduced to drummer Ma Hui - Hua Dong switched to guitar, and Rebuilding The Rights Of Statues was born. The trio soon began electrifying Beijing audiences with their darkly riveting, explosive performances.


In the Fall of 2005, the band signed to Modern Sky Records and recorded their debut EP "Cut Off!", released later that year. During recording sessions, Rebuilding attracted the attention of legendary composer/producer and all-round nice guy Brian Eno, who was using the same studio to record some of his Afternoon Ambient Works. Eno sat down with the band and contributed guest keyboards on several tracks.


Rebuilding's catalogue of influences are combed from internet piracy, black market CDs, and mix tapes worn thin. Hua Dong credits bands like Bauhaus, Joy Division, Television, and Pere Ubu among his greatest influences.


In March 2007, Rebuilding toured the United States around the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, which garnered a good amount of attention from US press outlets including The New York Times, Village Voice, The Onion NY/ Chicago, Fader, Time Out NY, The Austin Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and others. While in New York City for a handful of shows, the band was invited to the ABC News studios for an appearance on "The Mix", and were a few months later featured nationally on NPR.


2009 saw the release of the band's first full-length album, Watch Out! Climate Has Changed, Fat Mum Rises, which further cemented their position at the top of the indie-rock heap in China.


They've since toured the U.S. several more times - including around CMJ in 2011 and again around SXSW in 2012. Also in 2011 they toured with their heroes, Gang Of Four, in Australia.


Rebuilding are currently working on a new album for 2014 and are looking forward to tour dates in China, Europe, The U.S., and beyond.

Band’s name:

Rebuilding The Rights Of Statues

Short name: Re-TROS


Band’s members:

Vocal/Guitar/Keyboard:Huadong

Vocal/Bass/Keyboard:Liumin

Drum:Huangjin

Band’s info

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