Tokyo Damage Report

avskum, d-clone, isterisimo, unarm,deathtribe


Wednesday, Dec 2009 @ Waseda Zone-B.

 This was a crust/d-beat show, so I’ll dispense with saying what each band sounded like.

 Also the photos suck because the air in Zone-B is basically cancer, and my camera can’t focus through 10 feet of  cancer.


 Deathtribe’s singer was a maniac attacking the audience, but all other band members just stood around like "duuuh."  What made it worse was that – despite being the opening band – they had a pretty big audience which was lucky for them! But still they were like, "We’re from Tokyo, we’re going to have a stick up our butt and try to be ‘cool’."

 Also, the guitarist, above – with the supernova face – was a pretty-boy, which I thought was weird for a crust band.



 UNARM ‘s guitarist was also a pretty-boy, some  skinny host-looking kid. This would emerge as a theme for the night: The Tokyo ikemen-crust syndrome (ikemen means hot dude).

 Unarm’s singer is a female – but unlike most gimmicky "chick singer" bands where the female has looks and not talent, Unarm is the opposite: the singer is basically playing the dude role, and the (male) guitarist is the hottie. So it’s a nifty turnabout-is-fair-play arrangement. However, their songs are boring even by d-beat standards, and the bassist in particular is so shy he makes the bassist for 00SQUAD look like Dada, the bassist for DSB.

 Below, the audience – the biggest crowd I ever seen in this particular live house:

That’s Unarm’s singer running the pit.



 Fuck! These guys play ALL THE TIME and for some reason I never saw them before. They are great! They actually have the chaotic stage moves to match the style of music. Dudes were sloppy, unpredictable, falling down, and ferocious. Also, by this time the whole floor was covered in beer (best case scenario), which made it slippery. Combine the slippery-factor with a stage that is one-foot high, and basically the entire first row of people were falling down / getting pushed / landing on stage the whole time. So it was basically a game of chaos.


Also, the singer was a pretty-boy, (below):






 D-CLONE have been around basically since the dawn of time. I remember seeing them back in 2008 and thinking they looked tired and were too old to rock, but they must have been getting their hyperbaric-chamber on because it’s 2009 and they tore shit up.






 Avskum are a first-wave d-beat band from Sweden.  I have no idea how many "original members" are in this version of the band.

In fact, i made a faux pas  at the start of the show by asking the guitarist "Are you in a band?" "hey only other white guy, at a show with a white headlining act, are you in a band that has been  around for 25 years?" Way to go.

 The singer was rad. After 4 bands of pretty-boy d-beat guys, he showed up with a Buddha-belly and some facial rash and just massaccred everyone.

i  felt like he was representing my team, and I threw my (imaginary) pom-poms in the air and did a little cheer that went something like,  "2-4-6-8! FUCK YEAH GRANDPA! SHOW EM HOW IT’S DONE! OLD FAT PUNCLES REPRESENTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT IN THE OH NINER !"

 Plus dude made mad mischevious faces and creepy-crawled as well.

 Below: singers for the first and fourth bands, respectively, showing their support by diving.



Vocal did NOT do any "This is a song about. . . ." speeches between songs, frowny face. But he made up for it by shrieking, "FUCKKK SWEDEN! TOKYO PUNK SCENE RULES!" like 100 times.


I enjoyed it a lot, but I still don’t understand why Sweden has the most angry crusty bands. 

Sweden is always voted "the most cushy country in the world to live in", with the most liberal, socialist government – the highest taxes for corporations, the most social services, generous welfare benefits, gay marriage, woman prime ministers, fat art grants, teaching rock and roll music in schools (why do you THINK swedes run melodic death metal?!?), and general white privilege. . .



The ABBA constantly playing on the loud-speaker at the free  govt-run heroin clinic?

The unavailibility of VEGAN LUTEFISK???? 

"This is a song about over-fishing of the herring! We are facing herring armageddon in less than 10 years!  FISH FASCISM FUKKKKK 1-2-3-4!!!"

I could go on.


I wanted to ask the guys but I got distracted by telling them that they ruled.



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  1. Fecchan January 8th, 2010 9:00 pm

    ^^;; I’ve no idea about any of those bands but I enjoy your report. This is my first time visiting this site and I think I’ll visit more often. Now I’m checking on other articles too. Thanks!

  2. Tzench January 9th, 2010 5:26 am

    Actually, Sweden has never had female prime minister. I think the punks are bitching about that the long term gradual progress makes revolution obsolete.

  3. Jani January 9th, 2010 9:17 am

    What is the hell is the singer from ISTERISMO wearing around his waist? A tool belt?

  4. Jo January 9th, 2010 12:30 pm

    @Jani- thats a very old swedish military ammo belt. popular in crust scenes.

    D-Clone recently killed the entire west coast of the US

    Schultz i think you’ve seen Isterismo before, but thats when they were playing “2 Live Crew Miami Booty Bass tones”

  5. Deze Nutz January 9th, 2010 5:22 pm

    @Tzench- HA, yeah right

  6. Justin Hinds January 9th, 2010 8:27 pm

    Pleeaaase! Isterismo sucks! Do you like the so fashionable reverb effect in the mic? I do prefer Unarm but well…

  7. AnokPanda January 9th, 2010 9:43 pm

    wow Avskum, a band I’ve actually heard of.

    ikemen-crust, I read that’s what you like to order when you got to host clubs. 😀

  8. admin January 9th, 2010 10:48 pm

    @justin: I really love how you French people have opinions!

  9. admin January 9th, 2010 10:51 pm

    @Jo: Yeah, that WAS them , but their miami-bass version is called BOOTISMO.
    Also I should point out that ALL tokyo crust / d-beat bands have at least 1,000 dollars worth of pedals. Like around 7 or 8 pedals. So they can perfectly mimic the sound of the shit distortion used by 1981 English kids who could not afford to fix their own broken pedals! That shit makes me laugh so hard I can’t stand it.

  10. Mrtn September 13th, 2010 6:23 pm

    hehe, sweden's actually ruled by a bunch of right-wing nutters as of 4 years ago! no wonder the punks are mad

  11. admin September 14th, 2010 6:24 am

    @rabadab: aah! So that explains the title of the classic anti-cimex 7″:

    “OMG in 20 years we’ll be ruled by some guys that want to marginally lower taxes AAAAHHHHH”.

  12. debcharge October 12th, 2010 2:16 am

    satoshi, the singer from isterismo is the guitarist in unarm (at least from this picture)… im surprised you didnt pick up on that…. lemmie guess, they all look the same to you? therefore that picture of "the singers from the 1st and 4th bands respectively stagediving" is wrong, because the first guy in the crowd is the guitarist in isterismo (unless he is doing vox for another band i dont know about…) 
    if your gonna rip on a kick ass scene thats clearly from a country and a culture you know nothing about, you should at least get your bands and members right…

  13. admin October 13th, 2010 7:07 am

    @debcharge; lol fangirl

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