Talk:Three Stops to China
From David Grech Urpani
DGU contributed this text in 2014...
David Grech Urpani has contributed this text as a history of the band in 2014... Dave, Kurt and Josh have been making music together since 2010. In that time they’ve gone from an eclectic mix of grunge and punk to a multi-layered, harmonic blend of dream-pop and shoegaze, while making it a point to not forget their energetic roots. Having just released Take Me To The Beach, a homemade EP signalling this latest chapter in their sonic evolution, hints of what lies next are already looming over the horizon. Additionally, with the ushering in of this new era, the trio sometimes simply refer to themselves as China; in itself a representation of a newfound image and sound which still echoes all their past endeavours and accomplishments together
The trio has had its fair share of gig opportunities around their home island, and have played with pretty much all the major alternative bands in Malta (some of which were either personally chosen as support for their EP launches, or vice versa). Moreover, as far as foreign bands go, they have played with bands from the likes of Dutch Jaya the Cat to Italian AIM (with whom they’ve shared the bill during two separate music festivals). Malta only has a couple of national-scale events via which to showcase bands, such as the Farsons’ Great Beer Festival, Rock the South Festival and Notte Bianca in Valletta, and the band has played at these festivals a couple of times each. In their debut year, back in their punkier / grungier days, their first two singles (and their two consequent music videos) got them nominated for the Malta Music Awards’ Best Music Video, Best Image, and Best Newcomers, a nomination that was doubled that same year in the Bay Music Awards, hosted by Malta’s Number 1 radio station. One year later, after having released their debut EP “Rite” (which was the climax of their grunge phase), they were nominated for the Best Maltese Band award. A couple of years down the line, radio-friendly singles with catchy choruses are at the bottom of their priority list, and they are now focusing on a more intimate, DIY and therefore more honest image and sound.
I have added this to the page with a clean-up tag mainly to undo the destructive edit created when the text was first inserted on the page. There's at least one other previous destructive edit that needs to be undone, aside from the clean-up on this text. I'd also like to find a good way to explain the aim of M3P to DGU and others willing to contribute directly to it. The goal of complete histories is obviously and understandably misunderstood, as can be seen by the rather generic and broad strokes approach on the text above. --Toni Sant (talk) 08:25, 5 December 2014 (UTC)