Photo above: ST.OL.EN on the stage of Trans Musicales 2016 © Pierre Grenu / Culturebox They performed outside of China for the first time on 1st December 2016 at the TransMusicales de Rennes.
Photo above: ST.OL.EN on the stage of Trans Musicales 2016 © Pierre Grenu / Culturebox
They performed outside of China for the first time on 1st December 2016 at the TransMusicales de Rennes.
Trans Musicales Festival
In 1979, six volunteers organised two evenings of concerts to showcase the lively local rock scene. These concerts became the first TransMusicales de Rennes[E.1] . Since its second edition, the program has welcomed bands from other regions, while the debates surrounding the event involve a range of music professionals. Foreign artists were added in 1982, and the festival continued to support all musical movements in the years to come. Conceived in the heyday of punk and industrial rock, it fell to these ‘outposts’ to embrace the electronic music and hip-hop revolutions that shook the 1980s, and later DJing and rave music.
From one edition to the next, the festival oversaw at close range the arrival of grunge, alternative rock, Britpop, trip-hop, French rap and electro rock, playing host to Etienne Daho (1980), Noir Désir (1986), la Mano Negra (1988), Lenny Kravitz (1989), Nirvana (1991), Ben Harper (1993), Björk (1993), Portishead (1994), Daft Punk (1995), Amadou & Mariam (1998), LCD Soundsystem (2002), Justice (2006), Rodriguez (2009), Stromae (2010), etc. For some of these, it was their first time performing in France. But the TransMusicales de Rennes is also the chance to encounter more ‘fringe’ artists such as Morphine, Underground Resistance, Yargo, Test Department…
With its rich, innovative program, the Rennes festival has established itself as an unmissable chance to experience the spectrum of cutting edge music. It’s a unique experience of initiation and sharing, where surprises and new discoveries are guaranteed.
This year, a Chinese delegation has been invited by Spectacle Vivant en Bretagne and the Beijing Institut Français, both as a professional meeting and to discover the new talent on display at this exceptional event.
“When you try to get a band together, one of the first things that you do is steal a word and make it your own. For most people, the word ‘Beatles’ has nothing to do with little insects and everything to do with John and Paul. ‘Kraftwerk’ recalls neither smokestacks nor cables but rather synth and beats. They stole these words, and in leaving their impression they made the words iconic. We decided to seize the word ‘steal’.
ST. OL. EN. Six letters, six people, six electrons. If we had to name six groups and artists who have influenced us, we’d say Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, Absolute Body Control and Portishead.
ST.OL.EN is a lost part that has been swept away by someone or something.
ST.OL,EN was founded in 2009 by five unruly young Chinese students at the Chengdu Conservatory of Music who started playing rock’n’roll, punk and electro. In 2012, they were joined by a French cyberpunk VJ.
In 2013, ST.OL.EN released their first EP, Strange Old Fashioned Entertainment, to critical acclaim. With this self-produced six-track opus the band discovered and created their own universe: a physical, minimalist beat; futuristic, subtle synthesizers, contorted with guitar riffs and topped with mystical vocals. Concerts followed, in which ST.OL.EN developed the dark and powerful energy that would make them a must-see act.
In 2015, they released their first album, Loop, on Beijing-based D-Force Records. This was a turning point for ST.OL.EN. Following a 32-date promotional tour that took them all over China in the space of a few weeks, both the public and the media realised that this young line-up from Chengdu were in the process of becoming one of China’s leading rock bands.
ST.OL.EN are currently preparing a new album for the end of summer 2017. They performed outside of China for the first time on 1st December 2016 at the TransMusicales de Rennes.
ST.OL.EN is made up of:
LIANG Yi (梁艺) – lead vocals
YUAN Yufeng (袁雨丰) - drums
LIN Hongyang (林虹洋) – guitar
WU Junyang (伍俊洋) - bass
DUAN Xuan(段轩) - guitar and keyboards
FORMOL – VJ