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Jan 19th @ NAKANO MOON-STEP:

 

marbullmen

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Marbullmen play very generic thrash. The singer and one guitarist go berzerk but mostly it is meh. It's possible that – if there was a big audience moshing – they could have been enjoyable. But on the other hand, thrash without stop-start breaks or mosh parts or rad bombastic intros A LA SLAYER'S "METAL STORM" is pointless.

I know I'm a minority but my favorite thing about thrash IS NOT  the fast parts. I'm a fan of mid-tempo catchy things – intros and moshy  bits – and the high notes at the end of riffs (especially ones that Slayer writes because they don't really know which notes are in the scale, they just pick whatever notes sound evil when placed after the previous note)(adorable!!!).  I am not a fan of dumb Germans who only play super fast power chords or "crossover" hessians who do a million versions of muted-e "chugga chugga" dork-bonery.
 Unfortunately all the Japanese thrash bands I've seen (marbullmen, abagail, fastkill) only do speed.

 

If anyone knows a thrash band who does riffs like the intro to SLayer's  BLACK MAGIC , METAL STORM, or Metallica's JUMP IN THE FIRE, SEARCH AND DESTROY or – I don't know. . .VIO-LENCE's "WORLD IN A WORLD", let me know.

 

Meanwhile, here is some pictures of guys trying:

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c . p.s.

 

 

 

I don't know what I can say about COCK PUSSY SUCKERS that I have not already said. They got a new hat. It's pink. They are still amazing. They put on a show this psycho for a room full of 7 people. They have been doing this for over 10 years.

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I did not get any pictures of Den-kun (singer) rushing the (tiny) crowd, sticking his head in the garbage pail, running around with a garbage-pail hat, writhing on the ground covered in it, or crawling on the walls like a web-slinger, or dragging the microphone into the bathroom and singing from the toilet. Dude has developed degeneracy into very finely honed, artisinal techniques. Viva the 型!!!


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f.i.d.

 

Flatigious Idiosyncracy in the Dilapidation are back, with a new guitarist from East USA.   They continue to play old-school grindcore.

I continue to request songs less than a second long, but that's not their style of grind. They are more into 70 second songs.

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New guitarist  Ben took the Bloom County about "grimace musically" very seriously:

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Also, Ben wrote a rad editorial on their webpage about people who think a gaijin shouldn't be in a "japan girls' band".

Makiko (vocal) also posted a comment, which is short so I'll include it here:

"Some people would think F.I.D with a boy sucks and is not good anymore. If you think so, it means that you did not appriciate us as a band, that's about it."

 

Below: bassist kana

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nanox

 

 

It’s my first time to see nanox.
Based on their reputation, I had expected them to sound like I dunno – the vapors or the knack or the jam or whatever, but they sound more post-punky like wire or fall:still Britishy, but more angsty, less catchy choruses. Also, this face:

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above, Takahiro. Below, Haruto.

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sex: virgin killer

This one is for any people that came for the cataclysmic visual-kei interview last month and stuck around. Ladies, I present to you:

SEX : VIRGIN KILLER. (not to be confused with Osaka glam legends SEX VIRGIN : KILLER or Sapporo '80s teen idols SEX-VIRGIN. KILLER?)

 

Their whole thing is, "We're your uncle playing X Japan style tunes in a sloppy punk way."

Last time I saw these guys was 2008 (link).

At that time they were really into wild over-the-top posing and had no musical chops. This time they were more into chops and less into the naiive charm of  12-year-old-kid-rocking-out-in-his-bedroom.

 

As regular readers can guess, this is not a move I would endorse – after all even with chops  and 1100% accuracy, they are still goofy-looking oyaji (uncle) guys playing glam music. And that is funny and rad!

But when they seem to take it seriously it gets kind of creepy.

However, in their defense, this haircut: 

and this classic old-school medusa:

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They still got mad energy, more than most punker bands, but it's less naiive and sloppy.

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Above: hairdos begin to topple.

Above: the finale! dude kicks his bass into the amp like he's playing croquet! drummer headbangs furiously and does overhand, Animal-style drum punches. Guitarist mugs for the invisible pay-per-view cameras on invisible cranes. Out of the photo, the bassist blows kisses to hordes of  invisible (possibly microscopic?) groupies.

Also, and this is key: the title of their hit song? VAGINA FUCKER.

I take it all back. These guys are genius.

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  1. Ben April 7th, 2010 6:46 am

    おつかれさま!And thanks for posting all this and thanks for the kind words Steve.

  2. Ben April 7th, 2010 7:09 am

    oh AND Den-kun diving head-first into a trashcan and running around the venue was too magical to be photographed anyway. You definitely had to be there!!

  3. Jeroen April 8th, 2010 10:43 am

    You should do a blog on SABBAT :)
    They are the essence…..

  4. G-dope November 9th, 2010 8:30 pm

    Dude, those guys SEX-virgin killer- are amazing!!! I had the chance to see them live while I was visiting Tokyo some months ago.
     If you can write more about them, it would be great!!! They are fantastic and blast every other band in the planet!!!

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