Tokyo Damage Report

reup : freaks, deconstruction, no think, struggle for pride, nadacambia, idol punch, life

Sunday July 4, 2004

Went to meet Tha Manager in downtown Shinjuku. . .. But my nose was so fucked with allergies I had to go home after 4 minutes. Plus the shit was crowded as ive ever seen it in my life. Just fucking Calcutta, if Calcutta were sponsored by vouitton. I was dripping snot all over the place.

then, ANOTHER PUNK SHOW. with the unlikely name of . . .

"GRINDENEMY AT THE SOLID STATE"

BAND ONE: FREAKS

Said it before. Will say it again. This is one of those bands that is all about the singer’s moustache. Fuckin’ stache SOLO. Plus the bassist? Total j-bear. Awesome. Plus I just noticed that the singer does this thing where he is constantly hopping up and down on one foot to the point where you have to wonder, is this even part of his act? Or is it more of an OCD thing? does he do that at the bus stop, or at this mom’s house too?

BAND TWO: DECONSTRUCTION

These guys had a great concept. ‘ NEUROSIS style tribal looping noise that just goes on and on for like 5 minutes slowly building until it reaches a climax and bursts out into lightning fast, focused thrash music.’ Except they were just too much druggy losers to excecute the concept. Like they had so many effects and nasty dirty guitar strings and shitty soundquality, to the point where the ‘buildup’ part and the ‘release’ part sounded exactly the same. It was all WHOOOSHHSHHHSHHHHHSSHHH. Just bummy guys stumbling around, not even remotely playing the same song as each other. The one guitar was all headbanging and constanly soloing which was fun to watch at least. There were 2 singers. The one I liked looked like curt cobain, all forgetting to sing because he was too wasted while wearing a skirt made from flannel, and then playing bongos with the microphones. Jesus, not even singing. How stoned is THAT? “yeah man, it’s like . . I don’t HAVE to sing. I’m doing, like. . . a THOUGHT SOLO. Dude! That is so amazing. I am just thinking the lyrics right into the audience’s consciousness. And now I’m like, . . oh my gawd, I’m thinking about THINKING ABOUT the lyrics. Dude, that goes all the way to infinity man!! Oh wait, the show is over already?”

Asshole.

BAND THREE: NO THINK

These guys were even better than last time I saw them, I guess because the audience was more nuts this time. Really short songs, maybe a minute long, good fast/slow dynamics, the ‘woofy singer vs tweety singer’ thing, and just heavy as heck. If I had to actually buy a CD of any band tonight, it would be no think. Also it’s funny because in Japanese ‘nou’ means ‘brain.’ So it’s like, ‘nou, think? No, think!’ haha LOL.

BAND FOUR: STRUGGLE FOR PRIDE

These guys are just a trip because their singer is like this Henry Rollins circa Damaged era Black Flag looking guy, but he’s only 4 feet tall. But covered in tattoos and muscles and gold fronts, and he is all into wearing his backpack on stage, and screaming without a microphone because he is so pissed at the system he won’t even use their fuckin electric power, man. But unlike mr. Rollins, this guy isn’t all brooding and dark, he’s totally happy about it. He’s like, ‘yeah, check it out! My life sucks TOO, but I’m in a band! This rules!! I’m all singing and shit! Dude, this is so awesome!!”

BAND FIVE: NADACAMBIA

These guys all came out wearing third world vaguely peasant garb, looking like a bunch of punk budhist priests from Katmandu, and proceeded to go NUTS. They had that D.S.B. thing going where each song seems somehow faster than the last song. The singer was the only guy to jump around though. But he was just AMAZING. All popping his eyes out of his head and striking these crazy ‘i’m a rabid monkey, outta my way!’ poses and just kicking everyone’s ass. If only they would clone that guy and make him play all the instruments.

BAND SIX: KANJI

I don’t remember them. All I remember is standing next to some german girl. At least Lilabner SAID she was german. He was like, “she didn’t have any friends here, and looked lonely so I was just talking to her in Japanese, and she thought I was all hitting on her.” So me and mike were all yelling at her over the music, the only german we knew, which translates roughly to, “WE ARE PLAYING FOOSBALL!” and ‘I SHIT IN MY PANTS!” respectively, which got a thumbs up from her, presumably because no one trying to pick up on girls is going to use those lines.

BAND SEVEN: IDOL PUNCH

Today was july fourth, so the guitarist was wearing a star-spangled visor along with his g-string. what's really weird is, the only other time i saw this band it was JAPAN'S national holiday. there's some weird Mummy's Curse on me so i can only see IDOL PUNCH when a country turns a nother year older or something?

My man BAKAMIKE bumrushed the stage drunk and started singing the ‘star spangled banner’ on the microphone until he forgot the lyrics and got gonged. Then idol punch just went nuts. I really don’t have much to say that I didn’t already say in my last review. If you like naked guys playing incredibly happy major-key thrash and spazzing out all over the place, see idol punch repeatedly.

BAND EIGHT: LIFE

Crusty crusty crusty! I don’t know how crusty bands all get their guitars to sound way more blurry and heavy and fearful than the ‘regular punk bands with houses’ that use the same exact equipment. Maybe they’re miking their scabs and adding it to the mix? Anyway LIFE had the crusty sound and was all scary and bearded and shit, but frankly when you are out of IDOL PUNCH, you are out of punk, so I left.

 

—- FREAKS and their stache.

 

—- j-bear!

 

—- crazy backwards BIZARRO BASS style.

 

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—- DECONSTRUCTION SUPER ACTION TRIBAL POSES!!

 

—- fucking 'curt cobain' on one of the rare occasions he remembered to sing into the microphone rather than using it as a bongo drum or perform some other 'experimental tribal' action with it.

 

—- crazy feedback drone. ..

 

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—- the non-cobain singer, mad as hell.

 

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—- NO THINK

 

—- their bass, with a mullet-mohawk you can see if you squint really hard and wish upon a star.

 

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—- STRUGGLE FOR PRIDE

 

—- their vocalist and his one pose

 

—- I have NO IDEA WHO THIS IS BUT THEY JUST CAME OUT OF NOWHERE AND KICKED EVERYONE'S ASS.

 

—- This guy is boring. Let's go back to the singer, shall we?

 

—- there we go. Fucking totally Peruvian hardcore with Tibetian little budda head-dot, why not? Plus oh yeah, grindcore. I mean why not. CORRUPTED sings in Spanish, so why not just fucking dress your whole band up like Columbian peasants ready to jack your ass for Quetzquatl?

 

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—- HA HA OUR NAME IS IN KANJI. These guys were weird – they photograph really well. These pictures came out hella good but in fact they were just pretty boring to listen to. Photographs LIE, PEOPLE.

 

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—- IDOL PUNCH

 

—- IDOL FUCKING PUNCH

 

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—- LIFE. Not just a nutritious breakfast cereal. Also a crusty punk band. Oh, and the existence of consciousness too, but whatever.

 

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—- the guitarist, big deal. Behind him are the real stars: the people cool enough to hang out backstage for free and watch the band. Aren't they SOOOOO COOL???

 

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—- best band name of 2004 (so far). What the fuck? I'd even like U2 if they were called fucking GOBLIN OPINION. Maybe.

 

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—- BAKAMIKE singing the STAR SPANGLED BANNER to a bemused audience.

 

—- idol punch singing along with mike

 

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