From the title of the band, I thought Mott the Hoople. To my surprise there was little 1970’s glam rock and certainly no R&B to this outfit. David Bowie’s writing of All The Young Dudes may not have featured on the playlist, but some pretty powerful writing blurted from the speakers throughout the night.

Mott are a trio. On guitar and lead vocals there is Matt, sporting a fiery Celtic gingery beard. Tattooed and funky-looking Jubil K. Wong played a significant part previously as bass player; however that role now belongs to red-headed and risky Anne Sue, who joined the band in January. Jubil has been seen locally in Friendly Cannons. On the drums, Adam, once of Evil Deeds thumps away. They’ve all had experiences in the growing Shenzhen, and across the Pearl Delta region’s music scene.

Following a mammoth barbeque buffet meal, I’d have been forgiven for wanting to sleep, but the first act of music was high tempo enough to get my feet stomping. The evening at The Treehouse, Batou Downs, was split between two segments. In the interval as revellers enjoyed turtle racing, it allowed time for me, and no doubt others, to want more music. The second act powered on in and ended far too soon.

The music has a get up and dance vibe. It demands fingers in the air, locked in the horns of rock. Jumping around and singing along fit in well. Amongst original songs there are some familiar cover versions. Onlookers displayed appreciation for great music with all manner of motions and cheers. M0TT bring a different style and a unique spin on punk. It crosses the border into being friendly enough to listen to, without piercing the ears too shrilly to cause a brain explosion.

Sound-wise, there are elements of No Doubt, Pogues, NOFX and very early Green Day with a kind of Celtic-clad twist of punk. There is a bubble of energy, so big it fills not just the room, but the skies above. This is a band that could and should inspire a generation of music fans in southern China to make a habit of seeing live music. Whilst new music fans may not always understand the lyrics or song, they certainly can feel the rhythm. The one great thing about good music, is that by not understanding the words sometimes, you can be lost in the moment, and listen to the beat or atmosphere. “Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time!”


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JR Acton

“Sum yourself up in 100 words or less,” they said. I’ve blown seventeen words on this alone. As a former editor of Aberystwyth Town Football Club’s website and matchday programme, amongst other accredited publications in The Non-League Paper and Cambrian News, I can safely say that I like writing. I love reading and the English language equally which is why I fled Britain for Dongguan to teach English and spend some time trying to thrash out the first novel. Everyone can write but is everyone willing to read our words? Only time will tell. I am fluent in Mancunian and English – and I am learning Mandarin, slowly. Really slowly.

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