PUNKGOD (a.k.a. PANGU)

For over a decade, Punkgod has been confronting the authoritarian government and imperialistic policy of the People's Republic of China's with raw punk rock criticism. In a country where the government holds all media in a vice grip of propaganda and dissidents of any kind are not tolerated, Punkgod's recordings are blacklisted and considered illegal contraband. The group primarily consists of frontman Ao Bo and bass player Duan Xinjun who formed Punkgod in Nanchang City in 1995. They have consistently riled the authorities by supporting Taiwan independence, setting music to poems by jailed dissenter Zhang Lin and protesting China's efforts to fool the world in to believing the country's human rights problems are nonexistent as on their anti-political rant "Fuck Beijing Olympia." While the band has released numerous CDs and demos in China, distribution of albums like An Ideal Ten Kuai is under scrutiny by the government. Despite finding themselves in political exile, Punkgod has continued to record with tracks making it onto releases by Taiwan's White Wabbit Records and compilations like Samurai Spirits from Japan's Einstein Records.

There's not much record of Punkgod's career as a live band in China, and knowing that the government requires live houses to supply a weekly list of lyrics to the authorities for review, their performances would have automatically been classified as illegal events. Therefore, the band most likely spent most of their time in the studio, and looking at number of demos in their early discography this was probably the case. However, Punkgod was invited to perform at the pro-independence Say Yes to Taiwan concert in Taipei in 2004. That year, they appeared on stage in front of the Presidential Office Building alongside outspoken Taiwanese punk bands like Fire Ex. and LTK Commune as well as symphonic metal orchestra Chthonic. After pop crooner Welly Yang lulled the audience into sitting down, Punkgod appeared on stage shouting about protecting Taiwan, and as bassist Duan Xinjun pinned a Say Yes to Taiwan badge into his bare chest all the punk onlookers jumped to their feet cheering. Unfortunately, the Chinese government was notified about their participation in an event promoting separatism. When the band members found out they faced imprisonment and "re-education" back home in China, they decided to seek political asylum in Sweden instead. In exile, Punkgod has continued to be active writing new material and they even returned to Taiwan for the much larger Spirit of Taiwan festivals which the Say Yes to Taiwan events had morphed into. The band has also continued to be outspoken, even if dissidentism in China is increasingly frowned upon by the general public.



BAND LINKS

http://www.myspace.com/pangupunkgod

http://wiki.rockinchina.com/index.php?title=Punk_God

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

TAIPEI TIMES:
Exiled band members rock for freedom and democracy

DISCOGRAPHY

http://wiki.rockinchina.com/index.php?title=Punk_God