Three Stops to China
Three Stops to China is an alternative punk band from Malta [sometimes referred to as 3S2C for short]. Since 2014 they have been known as China.
They first appeared in public on Saturday 23 October 2010 at Muddy Waters Bar in St Julians sharing the bill with Bridget Bone. A demo of their song Stay Away appeared on YouTube and was promoted online from Wednesday 6 October 2010, and eventually went on to win the Best Online Release for 2010 on the MMI Listener's Poll.
On 20 May 2011, they released their debut single The Courtney Effect, along with a music video.
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.