Inside a dimly lit backstage room at the Yugong Yishan livehouse, four Chinese musicians are seated around a large table. One is noticeably older than his three other bandmates, sporting a flat cap with motley tattoos on both arms under a faded open shirt.
He is SMZB frontman Wu Wei, 34, who together with five other musicians forms one of China’s first punk bands. SMZB, an acronym of “sheng ming zhi bing” (“Bread of Life”), marked their 15th anniversary with a live show played to hundreds of fans at Yugong Yishan on Saturday, October 13.
Lauded as pioneers of Chinese punk in their hometown of Wuhan, Hubei Province, SMZB offer a timeless outlet to fans burdened by modern sources of stress.