The Shanghai-based experimental electronic music group Duck Fight Goose was formed in 2009 initially as a rock band, when Han Han approached 33 and Panda about starting a new band. At that time, their early music was influenced by neo-psychedelic rock, experimental music, and math rock. In 2013, a new drummer Jean Baptiste joined the group, replacing the original drummer Damen, who had moved to Austin, Texas. Soon after that, the band also started experimenting with synths, DAW software, and different ways of producing electronic music.
Take a listen below to a few new select tracks from Duck Fight Goose:
Seven years after forming, the group has just released their second full length album, named CLVB ZVKVNFT. The title comes from an actual nightclub in Zurich, Switzerland named Club Zukunft, that the group visited when they were on tour in Europe in 2014. Translated it means “club of the future” but inside the club, the décor is actually very 80s. Han Han explains, “The 80s were when contemporary electronic music, as we now know it, was born – but this decade for us still felt especially human and analog.” So for the group, the name was a good fit for the new record, in that it encapsulated the thinking behind their sound perfectly.
Over the years, the group’s sound has evolved very dramatically to incorporate more experimental electronic sounds and textures. Drummer JB says, “it is very difficult to give a predefined style to our music. There is a lot of mixing of things that we are doing, and we have a lot of influences – so there isn’t a clear style.” Han Han tells us that overall they have two main influences: one is progressive electronic music (along the lines of Aphex Twin, Clark, or Venetian Snares), and the other is the type of rock music that the band has always played. For Panda, despite their many evolutions in style, there is still a kind of continuity in their discography, as they have always set out to be an experimental band from the very beginning.
They like to describe the band’s style as trying to merge the human and analog, with a sound that was produced electronically with machines. The group doesn’t believe in producing music solely from computers or software, as it can easily end up sounding too precise and simple. Han Han says that the group hopes to merge the two styles, and in the process still “try to keep all the interesting and groovy elements”. As for future developments for DFG, the band would really like to see themselves evolve into more of a performance group with more experiential and visual elements incorporated into their live performances – and function less like a conventional band. For 33, it is always uncertain what the future may hold, but she feels that the current direction the band is embarking on is an exciting and interesting one. Duck Fight Goose’s new album CLVB ZVKVNFT is out now and available for download on iTunes.