Tokyo Damage Report

world burns to death, 鉄アレイ, extreme noise terror, slang, systematic death



 ***Kind of an interesting idea of a show: the final show of ENT’s tour, and the first show of WB2D’s tour. Kind of a ‘gaijin passing the baton’ thing, where the baton is made of ANARCHY.


九狼吽 (clown)


CLOWN were mostly memorable because of how huge and pro-wrestler the singer was. He had a rainbow mohawk and a painted-on hamburgler mask as well. He jumped out into the audience and started a one-man pit, but didn’t actually hurt anyone. The other guys in the band just sort of stood there and played hard-rock riffs.

The Liquid Room has a HUGE stage – maybe 50 feet accross?? And most bands – even real, legitimate tough-guys and anarchists – didn’t know how to deal with it.  It was kind of a bummer – they had all this space, all this opportunity to go apeshit, running down the whole 50, getting totally cro-mags, but they  were scared i guess. Agorophobic or something.





 Systematic Death are one of these ’80s bands that is still around. The singer looks like a guy that teaches PASCAL at a community college. That’s the good news. The bad news is, their music was really really really really mononotonous. It had nothing to do with them being old. It had everything to do with truly boring, uninspired song-writing.

 Above, Masaki (from KRIEGSHOG) exudes good cheer when he is exposed to Systematic Death.

The crowd was mid-sized. Not huge. The high ticket price ensured that a lot of the usual audience could not attend. It was more nice kids who had bought the CDs and liked them.

But these noobs all stayed in the back, because they didn’t know that you got to have everybody in front to generate a really good band-audience feedback and dancing. Jerks.


 World Burns To Death came from Texas!



 Sorry for out of focus. The guy in the red shirt’s face says it all. Where is that hand going?????

Below: dive fail.


 Above, Zack. Below, Jack.




 These guys are famous for being the most in-jail-est band. The music is more like bar-rock, though. They just stood there.

I guess the band is the least interesting thing about their crazy lives.

also: RICKENBOCKER BASS. It seems like 90% of all these old-school Jappacore bassists play that bass.  Next time you go to an old-school show, keep a tally for me.



 First of all – the guitarist was a genius! Everyone else in the band was a classic punk rocker, but the guitarist was like WTF? He looked at first like a regular salariman wearing what Randy called a "Canadian Tuxedo,"

but once he started rocking, he was bazerk.

He basically kept that pose (above) for 45 minutes without ever losing intensity. He should be an icon , a role-model for all sexual middle-aged men everywhere.




 SL@NG was the first band to get a bit of dancing. Better late than never.


 below: FUCK YEAH.



 Below, the vocalist: Dude was giant, and was pioneering some kind of GREEN REVERSE-SIDEBURN down behind his right ear.



 He had a lot of charisma, as the fans attest by  returning his fist-bang salute.




 I gotta say I never even heard EMT before. I knew they were a contemporary of Napalm Death, but when it comes to British bands, I generally agree with Old Man Rollins: "If it’s not Black Sabbath, I’m not listening."

I was not expecting much, but these guys killed it. They were the ONLY band that totally took control of the giant stage. Sure, it helped that there were 12 of them, but each individual person moved around, put on a show, and had an attitude of, "I own this place."





 OBSERVE THE TERROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 below, the Blonde Singer – Dean? – and his Sid Vicious face. He was making that face consistently and thoroughly for the entire 60 minute set. My lips hurt even looking at him.  At first I thought this Sid-ism was the famous British sense of humor, but after the first 30 minutes, I had to accept that he was dead serious. Maybe he has a medical condition? Like when your mom says, "Don’t make faces! Someday your face will stick like that."




 Not to be out-done by Dean the other singer – Phil? –  did this amazing Gilbert Gottfried impression (right):

 They were fucking great! They even did the little "This is a song about …." song-intros that no one does anymore.

And they even had their snare drum tricked out to have the horrible mid-rangey thud with totally excessive reverb, like the English albums of that era.

I always assumed the snares sounded that bad because the bands were recording on a low budget (3 quid and a bottle of glue), but I guess they honestly like those puffy, vague snares.

Shit was honestly like being back in the ’80s. So I (having perhaps had a few beers?) started shouting "Play that song about Margaret Thatcher!"

I don’t know any of their songs, but I figured it was a safe bet that they’d have at least a dozen about The Iron Lady.

Dean seemed perplexed for a second but then recovered and shoved the microphone at me, saying "EH WOT?"

me: "Play that song about Margaret Thatcher!"


dean: "She’s a cunt!"

phil:"Why would we waste our time playing about her, she’s already dead!"

dean: "She ruined the country, innit!"


Damn! I thought i was making them feel AT HOME.

I’ll shut up now and let the photos do the work::











 At the end, the guitarist jumped into the audience:




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10 Comments so far

  1. jason October 1st, 2009 12:33 pm

    do yourself a favor and get some e.n.t. in your music library.they are godlike and make you want to drink.whirlwind masters

  2. haRDY October 2nd, 2009 10:49 am


  3. admin October 2nd, 2009 8:25 pm

    @hardy: I never listened to Jesus Jones or Duran Duran either, so I figure on the balance I’m better off ignoring Britain.
    Oh no, I missed out on english Rap too.

  4. François October 3rd, 2009 12:42 am

    For English rap, “The Streets” is the best chav rapping with a Birmingham accent,I’d say.

    Hell if I know tha many punk band names, but isn’t The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Exploited, and punk in general, from the UK ?

  5. admin October 3rd, 2009 1:19 am

    @francois: right-o, Guv! The pistols, clash, and exploited are from UK.
    But, that makes up for England giving us The Orb and Prodigy,. . . er, how, exactly?

  6. Zach October 3rd, 2009 11:03 am

    Great pictures! I was at this show an also the “Chelsea’s Day” gig at Earthdom. Good times for sure. The business card you gave me at Earthdom got totally destroyed by all the sweat, ha.

  7. massimo October 10th, 2009 12:09 pm

    Sometime in 1988 or 1989 we (Fear of God and friends) spent a couple days with Extreme Noise Terror, in both Switzerland and Germany, before the Fear of God/ENT german gig. Dean, Phil, you thieves… We went to a record store and they stole like 30 records each, 12″ records not 7″!! They even stole like 5 copies of an “Etron Fou le Loup Blanc” album, awesome. Phil, I can’t believe you cut your dreads…

  8. lukeoram August 20th, 2010 1:25 pm

    Hey ho, dunno if this will even get seen but here's a story for you:
    The bass player in ENT lives not far from me and is a local scene celebrity, and because of this episode  'play the one about thatcher' has now become a standard heckle at South Wales gigs.
    You can here a prime example about a minute into this clip:
    Anyway, yeah, safe.

  9. admin August 21st, 2010 9:02 pm

    @lukeoram: that made my day. thanks! Plus I love the concept of a “standard heckle.” “Heckle #5, ya cunts!”

  10. lukeoram August 23rd, 2010 2:54 pm

    Haha, we get at least one a show in Cardiff. 😀

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