Off Upcoming EP Good Grief, Out May 19
“‘Covered In Flames’ was the first song I wrote specifically for the EP,” shared vocalist Tiger Adams. “It feels like a blind contour of that period of my life. I think this song was an effective way for me to kind of lay everything out so I could find what I needed to change about myself to live a more positive life. The song still deals with a lot of negative and melancholic ideas, but it is written from a perspective that is aware of these things and is learning how to deal with them in a healthier way.” Transformative and engaging, the song works it’s way into your head as a pleasant little ear-worm, a track made for cruising around town with the windows down.
“Covered In Flames” is just the start to a collection of catchy tunes, with China Gate’s upcoming EP Good Grief making for perfect listening in the warm summer haze. It will be available in physical and digital format via Bandcamp, iTunes and Pizza Tape Records on May 19. Join China Gate for a record release show on Thursday, May 18 at the Hi-Tone Cafe in Memphis with Elf Rage, Melinda, Boyscott, and BlakeTheMan1000 (event details).
China Gate are a five-piece indie rock band from Memphis, TN. China Gate’s origins go back to the summer of 2013; vocalist and guitarist Tiger Adams began writing for a casual recording project and found some of the tunes developing into full-fledged songs. After moving back to Memphis that winter, he connected with friends Walt Phelan and Conner Booth for the recording Hunca Munca. The debut album was released on Nashville-based Pizza Tape Records in 2015. They began to play live at local shows and recruited brothers Harry and Kyle Neblett to play keys and drums; the group chemistry was an instant fit for their developing sound.
China Gate spent the next few years building its local fan-base and reputation in Memphis, playing regular shows around the city, while all members balanced band duties alongside work and college. They have opened for various bands including Pinegrove, Hoops and Diarrhea Planet, growing their name as an established Memphis band. Their upcoming EP Good Grief, is scheduled for release on May 19, 2017, confronting issues from mental health to the search for positivity in the modern world. Recently, the band completed a regional tour, including an official 2017 SXSW show at Karma Lounge. Youthful and inspired, China Gate promises this is only the start of their career.