Exploding from the burgeoning China hardcore scene ("CNHC"), Shanghai's Spill Your Guts bring a raw, D.I.Y.
punk spirit to a movement as transient as it is dangerous. Comprising a quintet of expatriate members -- vocalist Dima Bir (Moscow), drummer Tyler Bowa (Montreal), guitarists Larry Miller (Edinburgh) and Zaruf Ezhan (Kuala Lumpur), and bassist Ian Benot (Quebec) -- SYG were formed in 2012 by Dima, Tyler, and founding bassist Toshi. Over the years, contending with eight separate members moving in and out of the country, as well as pressure from capricious government regulations, they experienced a flurry of roster changes, with Ian and Zaruf both joining in 2016. The band's first live show was in April 2012, with a pair of live EPs released independently before 2014, when they issued the five-track Slip and Fall EP. Featuring a bloody delivery reminiscent of Fucked Up, Pears, and Cancer Bats, Slip and Fall was quickly followed by the one-off single "Poisoned Minds" later that summer. A split 7" with Russian hardcore brethren Broken Fist dropped in December 2014. As SYG continued to tour in mainland China, they found their way to sweaty stages in Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. In the summer of 2016, they released their follow-up EP, Full Blast. A year later, the band issued its debut full-length. Hungry Crows delivered nine new hardcore assaults recorded in Shanghai by Xander Cheng. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi