‘We want to show what young Chinese students like,’ says Yang Song from the band Highway, ‘And they also love punk music.’
The band performs several times a year and practises each Sunday at the ICA. They are all self-taught musicians. Song is studying International Land and Water Management and is a member of the Student Council: ‘I listened to rock music, just tried and learned to play it.’ They mainly play covers, but have five of their own numbers on their set list. ‘We would like to expand that, but it’s difficult to find opportunities to practise more together,’ says Qin.
They have no special ritual before going on stage. Li is nervous: it’s his first performance. They start with some classic punk rock, and combine it with more melodic songs. Even though the lyrics are in Chinese, music once again proves that it has no borders. Highway might try to keep up speed in their show and pause less between the songs, but they were indeed just some young boys playing for their and our enjoyment.