Tokyo Damage Report

best fucking show: zeni geva, slight slappers, melt banana, ruins

 

all these bands are, or were at one time, on the HG FACT label. They all have unique pioneering sounds. And they have toured extensively around the world. Except for the opening band, I saw all of them in america at least once. So it was no suprise to see that this show had more white people than I ever saw in one place before. And in fact, that is what every single white person was saying: "Man there sure are a lot of white people here!" As a rule, white underground/arty types tend to be self-conscious around each other. It’s like being – the only 2 Asian-american kids in a school classroom. "Please don’t ask if we are related. Please don’t ask if we are related!" "izzat your sister?" FUCK!

But the show was out of control. shit was torn up. it was unbelievable.


ELECTRO HUMANGEL

These guys had the loudest synthesyzer ever. just super distorted wobbling bass tones. You couldn’t hear the drums. The dude was so stoned he didn’t play the keyboard so much as look at it and giggle and then try to shake some of the parasites out of his hippy hair. The keyboard sounded like it was powered by some kind of low-frequency oscillator that shook the building.

The band was on some Japanese Noise shit, mixed with rave/hippy stuff. It was funny for about one song.

The vocal, however was genius. He was this older, little construction-worker-looking guy with an Alfred E. Neuman gap-toothed smile who insisted on making the craziest faces the whole time.


 

RUINS ALONE

Drumming mastermind Tatsuya Yoshida used to be in a 2-piece band called RUINS. The bass player left years ago, and now Mr. Yoshida continues the music with a recording of a bass, a sort of drum karaoke. He didn’t stop between songs or acknowledge the crowd at all. it was , hello , and then BAHBABABABABABABABABABABABDUMDUMDUMDUGDDUGDDUGUGUGGUD.

here are some of his many musical moods.

to wit, contemplative:

irritated :

agonistic:

and of course, sweaty:

I think he played more drum notes than a death metal guy. he was totally in his own world, all hitting things, and making micro-adjustments to the microphones and cymbal stands in between notes, while singing in a crazy operatic voice AND programming his little karaoke machine that had the bass notes on it.

 

My friend said it sounded like a mathematically complex version of QUEEN.


SLIGHT FUCKING SLAPPERS

These guys were the best performers of the night. Most bands either fail to play heavy music, or they play it really heavy but they have this bullshit macho attitude. These guys are totally uncompromising fast music but with zero attitude. They just merely want to blow all the other bands away and make them embarassed to go on after Slight Slappers.

The guitarist was particularly genius. He came out with a bowler derby, and jumped around so high it fell off by the first chorus. then he started rocking out on his knees, all hendrix style, and then picked up the fuckin bowler on his guitar headstock thusly:

I’m not sure if homey even played any notes. He was constantly climbing up the drum kit or playing slide-guitar on his own amp corners, or just breaking fool.

the other guitar and bassist kept doing this kind of docking maneuver, interspersed with rock.

The singer, as usual, contorted his body in ways that were furious and absurd. When he sings he looks the audience right in the eye like he’s about to pounce.

Plus between songs he’d hike his little shorts up and give himself a camel-toe.


ZENI MOTHER FUCKING GEVA UPSIDE YOUR HEAD

FIRST LIVE IN 5 YEARS.

 

I’m no expert in their music, and plus they have been performing for 20 years. So I was pleasantly suprised that I actually knew some of the songs they played. It sounded like they mostly played stuff off of FREEDOM BONDAGE.

Shit was really this crowded. Motherfuckers took turns dancing and dying. Me personally, I was up front by the first band and didn’t leave at all. Booze, coffee, earplugs, and kanji study-cards had been craftily prepared and stuck in various pockets.

KK Null, the leader. Dude is heavy. Didn’t move around a lot but it did not matter. Him just existing is heavier than most deathmetal guys thrashing. That dude could make coffee and it would be the heaviest coffee. Dude could sew a lace doily and put it carefully on an ottoman and you’d be like, fuck that doily is just heavy as hell, i bet KK Null made it. There is just something about the way he carries himself that you know he has been through like several wars.

Dude all checking his fist to make sure it is rocking out sufficiently.

Zeni Geva started out sounding like early Swans, but gradually got more of a math-rock thing with odd meters, experimental guitar tones, and layers of counterpoint. But it never lost the grinding slow repetitive oppressive feeling.

 

Sorry for redundant photos, but it’s zeni geva.

White people like them some Zeni Geva! There must be like 7 foreigners in just this one photo.


MELT BANANA

These guys are kind of famous. They’re kind of a gimmick band if you ask me, but definitely everyone should see them once and get their minds blown. People wanted to slamdance but there was just no room. Plus the vocal made this face:

homey was hell of stepping on shit. You could hear motherfuckers in the front row all trying to count the pedals in various tongues.

above, forget everything you knew about freak-dancing. it’s all about that now.

below, the dude had his own stagediving technique. He’s always at GAUZE shows doing this: taking his slippers off and putting them on his hands for safekeeping, then diving into the crowd.

Nosepick yr idols.


anyway, shit was awesome, i drank responsibly, new friends were made, there was rock music, later.

 

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  1. Roberto October 5th, 2010 5:49 pm

    Melt Banana a gimmick band? No.

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