And Then Nothing Happened is the new album from Bay Area folk-rock band China. Fronted by singer-songwriter Michael James Tapscott and rounded out by bassist and songwriter Jeff Moller, guitarist Jacob Aranda, and drummer Raphi Gottesman, the band will be familiar to many music fans for their involvement over the years in groups such as Sugar Candy Mountain, Odawas, Paula Frazer & Tarnation, Papercuts, Sonny & the Sunsets, and more. More revisionist than revivalist, the band takes its cues from classic artists like Neil Young, The Byrds, and The Band, and reinterprets those classic sounds through the lens of the last 30 years of indie rock and underground music.
If lead single “Marnie” is any indication, the album title is quite misleading. China are most definitely making things happen. Frontman Michael James Tapscott’s lyrical style is reminiscent of Richard Buckner, as he chooses to “feel the pain and the boredom wash over me.”
This isn’t China’s first LP. But it’s the first we’ve heard of them and we’re already eager for more. And Then Nothing Happened will be released the 22nd of February, via the label Royal Oakie.