Vocal/Synth: Liang Yi
Keyboard: Duan Xuan
Keyboard: Duan Xuan
STOLEN are a new and exciting Sinographic-Techno-Rock band from Chengdu, China. They were formed by vocalist Liang Yi, guitarist Fangde, bassist Junyang, drummer Yufeng, and keyboardist Duan Xuan while studying at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 2009. During this time, they met Formol, a French VJ, who used to run a small bar close to the bands’ practice room. The band noticed the cool music being played in the bar every time they walked past. When STOLEN eventually played at Formol’s bar, the band asked him to help them with their visuals, after that, he was invited to join the band in 2012. STOLEN became five Chinese musicians and a French VJ.
While still students, STOLEN entered the MIDI School-Bands contest – a nationwide music school contest in China in 2010 and they won First place. STOLEN released their debut EP ‘Strange Old-fashioned Entertainment’ in 2013 on the New Noise/Chengdu Little Bar label. Then the band embarked upon their first national tour. They soon developed their own sound and style, that made them stand out at all their live gigs.
For their next recording, STOLEN travelled to the well-known independent 112F Recording Studio in Taipei, to record their first album ‘Loop’ which was produced by Xu Bo, the guitarist of P.K.14. and released on D Force Records in 2015. The band then embarked on an extensive tour of 32 cities throughout China. With this album tour, the band caught the independent music industry’s attention and their special sound was widely discussed in China. It was obvious they were starting to make waves. In December 2016, STOLEN set off for their first overseas gig at the 38th Trans Musicales Festival in France. The following year, they played at the Sakifo Musik Festival on Réunion Island.
September 2017 saw the release of STOLEN’s second EP ‘STOLEN’ which was recorded in Chengdu by Mark Reeder. Mark was on a tour of China with his film B-Movie and was performing at the Morning House Festival in Chengdu in the Spring of 2017, here he was introduced to STOLEN. Mark was really impressed by STOLEN’s brilliant live performance, and after the gig, they decided to go into the studio together to record a demo. Mark mixed the recordings in Berlin together with his studio partner Micha Adam. During his tour, Mark could sense a new wave of Chinese music was starting to emerge and decided it was to be his mission to help put this great band on a level playing field and show the World that the sound of young China is STOLEN.
In January 2018, the band travelled to Berlin to record their second album, ‘Fragment’ which was again produced by Mark Reeder and Micha Adam. The band wanted to soak in the atmosphere of the city and especially its Techno-club-scene and inject their impressions into their music. It was during the production of this album that Mark decided to reactivate his label MFS, especially for the release of Fragment in Europe. It was a challenging objective. Fragment was released in China in September 2018, and in Europe in early 2019 on MFS.
Mark introduced STOLEN’s music to New Order’s Bernard Sumner who was very impressed, and not only by their music but also by their spirit and ambition.
To bring Fragment to their fans, STOLEN embarked upon their 5th grand tour of China, they travelled to 21 cities. The tour received great reviews and a very positive reaction from the Chinese music industry. It was obvious they were spearheading a new sound and style of young Chinese musicians. In the meantime, STOLEN have performed at numerous clubs and festivals throughout China, they headlined the Morning House Festival (Chengdu), they recently played at the Rye Festival (Beijing) and Ear Hub Festival (Hong Kong).
STOLEN’s musical style is a creative mixture psychedelic rock and techno with a touch of the Orient and it’s quite original. They call this new sound of young China, Sinographic.
STOLEN are excited to be joining New Order this Autumn on their European tour.