Question: What's better than seeing in the new year than with copious amounts of beer and punk rock??
Official Answer: Pretty much nothing.
With that out in the open, the Hangzhou 9 Club goers got their fill of both on the 1st Jan, 2017 as legendary Beijing punk rockers Brain Failure (脑浊)crashed through Hangzhou while on their China tour promoting their new album 'Being & Nothingness' (皂白). Not only bringing a set list filled with tracks off the new album, Brain Failure also played a rare acoustic performance. No, not that kind of Eric Clapton/Nirvana sit down, take it down a notch kind of unplugged set, but rather the 'play the same racy punk rock anthems minus the distortion' kind of set.
Punk rock without distortion? Doesn't work for a lot of bands, but it definitely does for Brain Failure (check out track 4 and 6 of the playlist below to hear for yourself).