Recorded in Sweden in 2005, White Paper is the third album from the legendary P.K.14, originally released on Modern Sky.
While P.K.14’s music isn’t overtly political, their DIY ethics and independent spirit are de facto anti-establishment, and their lyrics often manage to hit home without explicit criticism. This album follows in that genuine attitude with a sharp post-punk sound that has come to define a generation of Chinese indie rockers. P.K.14 features “Chinese Milo from Descendents” or “Chinese leader of Fugazi” P.K.14 frontman Yang Haisong on vocals, Xu Bo (许波) on guitar, bassist Shi Xudong (施旭东), and drummer Jonathan Leijonhufvud (雷坛坛).
White Paper was one of a pair of classic record reissues on vinyl (along with Shei Shei Shei) that received a celebration in December 2014 at Beijing’s Yugong Yishan.
P.K.14 occupies a space in modern Chinese music analogous to that of the Talking Heads or Television in the New York of the 1970s. They are among the most thoughtful and self-referential of bands, with an enormous curiosity about music coupled with a complete inability to care about musical fashion. Among the astonishing group of young musicians that has emerged in Beijing over the last few years, they are almost unanimously cited as the band that has most influenced the aspiring musicians of the capital city.