Tokyo Damage Report

d.s.b. final show part one 3/28/2010 @ antiknock

Yes. DSB has broken up. The same band that I saw on my very first show in Tokyo almost 10 years ago at the Antiknock club, now I'm seeing their last show . . . at the Antiknock club.

that's right: 13 bands. I saw 12, remembered 10.

9 1/2.

Ten-ish.

 

Anyway.


 

DIGRAPHIA

Definitely the spikiest band of the night. The vocal was old enough to be the other guys' dad. I wonder if he gives them an allowance for spikes?

Digraphia play simple catchy punk rock with a straight polka beat. Drummer doesn't double-time the ride cymbal. Traditional polka rhythm only.

The vocal's :  He was a genuinely scary guy. but it took me awhile to figure out what was so burly about his hair.It hair wasn't spikes but it stood up. It was not dreds either but it was in clumps.

Eventually I figured it out: it was STRAIGHT UP CAVEMAN HAIR. Dude was austrolopithicancore. It makes sense when you consider how crusty those guys must have been.

 

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INTRUDERS

Intruders played snotty  street-punk with really extreme sneering and painfully tight pants.


STAGNATION

Unlike last time, I could actually HEAR stagnation's notes. They do kind of chaotic wall-of-sound noise-punk.

 

They're part of this whole clique of bands that takes CHAOS UK noise-punk and tries to make it even noisier by combining it with improvised psychedelic hippy music. Other bands in this scene: MAISHA, ELEKTRO HUMANGEL, and ABRAHAM CROSS.

 

Is this an only-in-Tokyo thing? Or in your country as well?

It's not rad.

My favorite thing about Stagnation is the vocal looks like a Japanese Paul Rubens.


SCREWITHIN

Screwithin play political-in-the-Western-sense hardcore like I dunno those non-metallic, humorless '90s bands that would send demos to Punk Planet.

For evidence I present: spitboy t-shirt.

Fortunately they're a little better than spitboy. But unfortunately they had total crap sound this time around. The kick drum – normally the thing that drowns out all the other instruments at a Toyko punkhouse – was totally inaudiable. Also the female singer – Aikosan – doesn't seem to realize that the music is FAST. She sings slow and moves slow as if the band were playing some country music. I guess it beats having a corny identical "scream school" voice like all the "extreme" bands today use.

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The bassist for screwithin is – I think? also in Conquest for Death and – maybe? Charm as well. Can someone confirm or deny? I was going to ask him myself but then I realized he was a Hunnington Beach skateboarder from 1981 and got scared of his time travel powers.


CROW

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IT was not a good day for CROW. The singer – who usually is pretty wasted but in a rad, rock-star way – this time he was just spaced-out, and spent a significant amount of time during the song smoking a cigarette and staring at the monitors contemplating things.

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LIFE

Life just slayed. It's insane how old these guys are – my age? – and yet how hard they rock.

Screwithin's singer plays bass for Life now. Somehow he jumps around even MORE while holding this giant fuckin' bass . . . . he jumps around even more than when he just has a microphone.

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DISGUST (NAGOYA)

Disgust wasn't disgusting. They weren't super nifty either. They were decent, traditional jappacore and that's about it.

Below: the audience is skeptical.

The best thing about disgust – and they were by no means a BAD band, they were good for what they were – but the best thing hands-down was the fucking bassist:

He was this 50 year old veteran dude with a face just like Zero Mostel. WTF is zero mostel japanese and playing hardcore and still alive?

I love it! He looks like some old salariman that got up from his flourescent-lit desk one day, punched his boss straight in the face, threw his suit in the recycling bin of a Famimart, stole a bass, and came straight to the fuckin' venue.


KRIEGSHOG

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 Dude brought his girlfriend to the show. I asked her, is this your first time to see Kriegshog?

She said yes. I said, Did you bring earplugs?

I didn't mean it in a bad way – i brought plugs myself, dogg!

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Above left: my man is singing along. This dude is a Tokyo legend – he does karaoke to pretty much every band at every show – it's like his own style. It's possible he's singing the same lyrics as the band, but somehow I doubt it.


HAZARD

Hazard play more traditional burning-spirits-style japanese hardcore.

Below: yes.

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best part of their show: sound guy was SO BORED.

SO BORED.


九狼吽 – CLOWN (NAGOYA)

Last time I saw CLOWN (don't be fooled by the name – the kanji of their name means "nine howling wolves", but it's pronounced clown. This is an example of what they call 'yankii moji'. In america, thugs can talk z-language (for shizzle), in England the thugs have 'rhyming slang' ('apples and pairs' = stairs), but in Japan thugs express their sense of humor by taking regular words and changing the kanji to really scary kanji that are pronounced the same as the regular word. For maximum effect, there should be a big contrast in overall toughness between the original word and the new kanji. The most famous example is 夜露死苦 (yoroshiku. It means 'please treat me kindly', but the kanji they use literally mean 'cruel murder outside at night.'! The name 九狼吽 – CLOWN comes from this slang tradition)

 

Anyway last time I saw Clown was opening for Extreme Noise Terror at this really big club, where none of the Japanese bands knew what to do with the big stage. This was my first time to see Clown in a place where they were comfortable and there was no room for people to escape their onslaught.

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PADLOCK

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holy shit- Iron Fist is in Padlock too?

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OK, stay tuned for part two!

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  1. Sarah May 26th, 2010 2:13 am

    Yankii moji is an interesting concept! However, I grieve to tell you that English thugs don't use Cockney rhyming slang any more. They just copy American thugs or sometimes Jamaican yardies. Rhyming slang is strictly a middle-aged and up thing now – or if young people do it, they're being ironic and arch. The meanings of most of the expressions are too well-known now for it to be any fun or use as an in-group slang. Every now and then you do get a good new one, though. In recent years people have started saying 'James Blunt' for 'cunt.'
    I wish I could think of a way to write 'little tabby kitten' that could be read as 'alien chest burster' or something.
    Also, in politics, the government of New Zealand is making noises about permitting mining on conservation land. Dirty great mines with filthy tailings and toxic run-off in national parks, in a country whose whole tourism strategy is built on a clean green image. This lot would sell their grannies for a short-term gain.

  2. Jo May 26th, 2010 5:59 pm

    Destructive Shit Bastards will never die! I caught the cali Crow shows recently, vocals were back to being wasted in the rad rock-star way. they're a really fucking amazing band, great live. it was awesome to see Iron Fist in person. look forward to part 2 of this!

  3. François May 26th, 2010 10:14 pm

    Ah, but would it be "clown" or "crown" ?

  4. Connor May 30th, 2010 10:47 am

    Wow! That one guy's face during the Hazard set is absolutely priceless

  5. Chris July 5th, 2010 11:45 am

    Hey man, thanks for posting up that picture where i look like im angry or have to take a dump. cheers.

  6. Michael August 8th, 2010 6:30 pm

    I hope this doesn't strike you as blasphemous, but I was looking through these pictures while the Village People's song "Go West" was playing. The effect was sublime.

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