Since the band’s earliest incarnation as a Ramones-inspired punk act in 1996, New Pants (新裤子乐队) has tapped the sounds and styles of China’s youthquake. A staple of the Mainland festival circuit, New Pants is known for synth-heavy dance-punk anthems, a razor-sharp fashion sense (futuristic neons, T-shirts emblazoned with their “double happiness” logo, and Chinese retro sneakers and warm-ups), and unpredictable live shows incorporating animation and the odd robot costume. The band—Beijingers Peng Lei, Pang Kuan, Zhao Meng, Shi Deheng—has toured Australia and the UK, played Coachella, New York’s Mercury Lounge and Brooklyn Bowl, and took part in Vice’s Creators Project (San Francisco and Beijing). The Peng Lei–directed video for “She’s Automatic” won the 2003 MTV Asia award for best video. In 2011, New Pants released its seventh studio album, Sex Drugs Internet.