Australian new wave band Mental As Anything are set to make their China debut as the feature act at the 2016 Australia & New Zealand Rock and Roll Ball, to be held Saturday, January 23, at the Sofitel Wanda Beijing.

The Mentals are based remembered for songs like "If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?", "Too Many Times," and "Live It Up." In a terse email interview with the Beijinger, the group talked about their upcoming performance at the ball.

the Beijinger (TBJ): This is Mental as Anything's first gig in China. What are you expecting in terms of the audience?
Mental As Anything (Mental): We are expecting to see a lot of Aussies and Kiwis, having a great time, with their Chinese friends.

TBJ: Can we expect a greatest hits set or will you be playing some newer material?
Mental: We will be playing all the greatest hits adn there is lots of them, so everyone will know every song we do.

TBJ: What's different about the band now that the audience should know?
Mental: Not much, just a couple of newer members.

TBJ: Are you all still "Mental as Anything," or has the band found some semblance of sanity?
Mental: No, we are still mental as anything. So come along and have a great time!

TBJ: What do you hope to do and see while in Beijing?
Mental: Play and experience some wonderful culture that you have to offer.

Aside from the Mental as Anything performance, the ball includes a four-course dinner, breakfast, and free-flow drinks. Tickets are not limited to Australian or New Zealand citizens, are priced at RMB 1,100 per person or RMB 11,000 per table of 10.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit AustCham's website.

Photos courtesy of Mental As Anything

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