Founded in 1999 by
five young men, Silver Ash was comprised of Ling,
Zhen, Hong, Lucy, and Nancy.
Prior to signing with Scream Records in 2000,
Nancy took his departure from his band to study
abroad in Canada.
Having released their first demo, titled "Organum"
in 2000. Their appearance on the Chinese music
scene instantly took upon notice of big media
syndicates such as MTV China and Yahoo! China
News. Following the release of their first single,
"Lunar Eclipse", the band created a
music video for national airplay that now receives
airplay from MTV2 in America. With the launch
of their single, Silver Ash released their first
full-length album, "Silver Ash" in January
of 2001, and launched a nation-wide tour that
took them to all the ten major cities of mainland
China following the release.
Throughout this time, two very prominent bands
in the Japanese music industry were scheduled
to perform as opening guests for Silver Ash's
concerts -- Kagerou and Dir en grey were both
booked to be the opening act at Shanghai's "The
Ark" for two separate shows, however, due
to the fact that the venue wasn't very big, these
shows ended up becoming one-man lives that Silver
Ash did not perform at. However, being able to
be booked with such acts is quite an accomplishment
that most groups do not have the chance to have.
In 2002, Lucy (Guo Tie Jun), who had been acting
as the band's guitarist decided to take his leave
from the band after conflicts in artistic creativity.
He now is a solo neo-classical guitarist and has
released an instrumental compilation on Scream
Records. In May of 2002, Silver Ash acquired their
current guitarist -- Yue, from BaoDing. The lineup
was now officially Ling, Yue, Hong, and Zhen.
In July of 2002, Scream Records began working
with the concept of branching out into the United
States and began planning Silver Ash's United
States tour that would bring them to America in
the summer of 2003. In the meantime, Silver Ash
recorded and released a new single, "Never
End". They launched their second tour, titled
"Never End Li Evil Spirit Tour" in late
September 2002, which lasted until December 2002.
"Never End" was released in the United
States in January of 2003 by Scream Records USA.
During this time, Scream Records USA representatives
had begun work on booking Silver Ash in the United
States. Having mapped out an entire one month
plan that would take Silver Ash to four anime
conventions in Orlando, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland;
Rye Brook, New York; and New York, New York, the
tour was a highly publicized event that received
mention from various media sources in the United
States. Unfortunately, this tour was cancelled
due to the SARS epidemic and Silver Ash's activities
became dormant for some time.
After resuming activity in August 2003, Silver
Ash performed in various music festivals and had
been booked to perform with Sons of All Pussy
(SOAP) in an Asian Music Festival at 'The Ark'
in Shanghai in November. Unfortunately, due to
unforseen circumstances, the entire festival was
shut down by local government--one of the first
events that publically exhibited Silver Ash's
fight against the suppression of artistic expression.
The cancellation of this festival received international
attention that appeared in The Oricon magazine,
which is one of the most respected industry sources
In December 2003, Silver Ash changed their lineup
again when Hong, the bassist of Silver Ash, left
the group due to unreconcilable differences. Quickly,
they were able to procure a new bassist two weeks
before their show in Chengdu with CMCB and Thin
Man. Yu, the new bassist was quickly accepted
by the fans, and completed Silver Ash's current
lineup which consists of Ling on vocals, Yue on
guitar, Yu on bass, and Zhen on drums.
Silver Ash is currently working on their second
full-length album which is set to be released
Silver Ash has been featured in numerous areas
of media since 2001, including The Oricon, The
Fader, Newtype USA, Asahi Shimbun, MTV China News,
Yahoo! News, Music Rock Magazine, and more. Information
on these publications can be provided through