Tokyo Damage Report

Defiance (portland), no evacuations, disclapties, hat trickers, Tom and the boot bois,

DEFIANCE JAPAN TOUR, JUNE 2008 @ HATSUDAI WALL

NO EVACUATIONS

No Evacuations played mid-tempo punk, with a motorhead feel to it. They weren’t so good.

TYPICAL DISCLAPTIES FANS

yeah, it was that Spikie Drunx Punx kind of show.

 

THE DISCLAPTIES

Disclapties’ singer said his hobby is mixed martial arts. But, like a other martial arts guys I met in Tokyo, he smokes constantly.

Since late last year, the bassist from 4Spikes has joined Disclapties.

 

THE HAT TRICKERS

 

Since last time I saw them, Hat Trickers changed their image from "Sham 69-meets-Clockwork Orange" to "Sham 69-meets- Clockwork-Orange -MEETS ZOMBIES."

I would have loved to have been at that meeting.

 

 

NOT SURE WHO ALL THIS IS

 

TOM AND BOOT BOiS

Lots of bands – both punk and not – play simple generic songs that are unambitious and copycat-sounding. but the genius of TOM AND BOOT BOiS is that they make songs that are SO simple and dumb that it becomes cool. Like all their songs are 2 notes, over and over. They seem to have been specifically engineered to be played by people who are very very very very drunk. But, besides being drunk-abled, there is an additional benefit: the stuff is just catchy as hell!! lots of sing-along parts for the audience, lots of chanting, lots of going from E to B and back.

Above, Ricky from Extinct Government, is now playing bass for Tom. Note how he has a skull tattooed on his arm , and the skull has his own haircut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The happy couple! The lady was really really really punk. Pretty much the first thing she said to me was, "You’re American? I was born in Hiroshima. I have the atomic bomb wreckage tattooed on my arm – take a look!" She was all stagediving too, even though there was only 5 people in front of the stage- not enough of a crowd, really. so it went down like this :she’d stand on stage and wait for 3 guys to hold out their arms, at which point she’d sort of lay down on them and they’d chivalrously escort her to the ground.

 

DEFIANCE (from portland, oregon)

They play melodic, anthemic punk at a rock tempo. The main thing about them is they are all so tall/large that i was amazed they could even FIT on a Japanese stage.

People were singing along.

 

Drummer for Disclapties goes upside down.

 

 

 

The singer was really charismatic- my pictures don’t begin to show all his facial expressions. I wish I could have stayed after the show and talked to the whole band, but I had to go home and prepare for the next day’s event.

 

ROOF OF THE LIVE HOUSE:

note all the footprints from 10 years of stagedivers. the liquid – i have no idea. jesus.

 

 

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