From the 80s with Cui Jian, Black Panther, Cobra and many other bands, rock erupted in China into numerous subgenres, from post punk to metal, from grunge to jazz and delivers wonderful melodies, songs and records, that persist in the minds of Chinese young people today.
Silver Ash was formed in 1997, and is China's very first visual kei band. The band consists of Ling on Vocal, Yue on Guitar, and Zhen on Drums. Currently, Silver Ash has acquired a new bassist to replace former bassist, Hong. In Silver Ash's earlier days, Lucy was a part of their lineup, but left due to musical influences.
Silver Ash was produced by the Gorgeous Devil Studio and Scream Records from 2000-2005. Guitarist Nancy left the band before they signed onto Scream Records. In 2005, they chose to leave Scream Records and were without a record label (and still are). Due to personal reasons, some of the Silver Ash members were forced to leave the band. Guitarist Lucy was replaced by Yue. After much deliberation, Hong had to leave the band and was replaced by new bassist Yu. The latest addition to the band is Bai Niao (whose name translates into White Bird in English), on keyboard. Previously, Bai Niao was the vocalist and keyboardist of another Chinese Visual Kei band called Frozen Blood (冻结的血液).
Silver Ash has been facing a lot of difficulties. The other band members had left Silver Ash temporarily to pursue their careers, leaving only Ling for a short period of time. They were also scheduled to tour the US in 2003-2004, but it was canceled due to the SARS scare. It was last heard that they were still without a record label, as well, but were given various offers from Japanese record labels, such as Avex Trax. They were previously signed to Toshiba-EMI, but were released from the contract again due to government problems.
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