Tokyo Damage Report

reup : doom : dot (.), FID, gallhammer, evilspeak, dead pan speakers at Watts.

 

the japanese balcony:

yes, it's 5 inches deep.

 

EVENT: F.I.D. at watts

Apr 11, 2004

 

 

 

—- BAND ONE : EVIL SPEAK. . . A good combination of super slow parts where each note is like a hammer, and semi-slow stoner parts and fast, fake-discharge parts. Also good poses and possibly the most infested hair of any band I can remember. Unfortunately the audience didn't move so much so it was a little hard to enjoy.

 

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—- total Hippy Superfund site

 

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—- damn, G!

 

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—- SUPER ACTION POSE.

 

—- BAND TWO: GALL HAMMER . . . FUCKING AMAZING. As the name implies, they sound like hellhammer (the early version of celtic frost): just super slow, repetitive, grim, depressed, aching music. The bass and drums are really simple but the guitar adds some complexity: obscure harmonies. Like, not 'HOOKS' or hummable melodies but weird, can't-tell-exactly-what-she's-playing stuff that adds some depth. The vocals were amazing: Eri has the usual black metal screech, but the guitarist has this totally anguished croaking noise. And they usually 'overlap' the vocals! Where one singer will finish the sentences of the other, which makes this long sustained combo-scream. The only downside is, they didn't really move. But still they were FUCKING AMAZING. I was all trying to teach myself to headbang along with this ill riff of theirs that was in the meter of 5-7-5-3. just when I got it down they fucked around and went into a new part A BEAT EARLY (5-7-5-2) which I am convinced they did deliberately just to mess up my amazingly fluent headbangs.

 

 

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—- BAND THREE: F.I.D. . . .Normally I don't like grindcore but F.I.D. play really short songs and their vocalist wears total designer hi-fashion Shinjuku type outfits, and the guitarist always sports an unexplained Crocidile Dundee hat. Notice I am NOT saying I like them because they are a 'all girl band.' big deal. Is anyone still surprised that women can do this stuff? Vocalist Makiko has added a new pose to her repitoire, this amazing, body-builder-looking crab-crawl thing where she flexes both arms and screams into 2 microphones at the same time.

 

—- guitarist KYOKO

 

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—- (Homer Simpson voice) "singer goes down . . .

 

—- . . . singer goes up!" (repeat)

 

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—- almost doing 'the crab'

 

—- TOTALLY DOING THE CRAB!!!

 

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—- KYOKO again, with mysterious Crocodile Dundee hat perched atop marshall stack.

 

—- ignore the band, check out the fucking meteor-shower-of-hair on top of that guy's headbanging head.

 

—- SUPER BADLY CROPPED ACTION POSE!!

 

—- BAND FOUR: DEAD PAN SPEAKERS……..Another HAWKWIND cover band. by this time I had partaken of some frosty beverages so I kept shouting "lemmy-san, doko ni imasuka?" (where's LEMMY??). but they were all good fun, just long endless one-chord-for-6-minutes songs. But it wasn't boring because each musician seems to be playing different notes from the chord, in a way that is semi improvised without becoming 'guitar solo' ish.

 

—- Plus, what the hell is up with Japanese hawkwind clone bands all having pregnant female bass players? Sorry, not pregnant, I meant 'barefoot.' But still, what the hell??

 

—- this is such a quintessential 'guitar pose'

 

—- the hair is extensions?

 

—- BAND FIVE: total mystery. For some reason Korean whiskey decided it would be a good idea to not remember this band and spend the whole time taking pictures of the ceiling or amplifiers. Stupid whiskey!! what did you do that for?

 

—- BAND SIX: DOT DOT were also FUCKING AMAZING. Just DOOM. . . They were just all like, DUNNN , DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN,

 

—- DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

—- SUPER DRUM ACTION POSE!!

 

—- plus the guitarist looks exactly like the Japanese Jamie Hernandez (of 'love and rockets' fame)! He's got the shades indoors, the little beard…he's even as short as the real Jamie.

 

—- the vocalist was so 'grim' he spent the whole show like this: singing with his back to the audience.

 

—-. . .although apparently he looks like THIS. as far as i can tell, there's basically 3 types of doom: the mid tempo 'swinging' kind, the super- slow kind, and the airy-fairy, European, girl-singer kind. DOT swings even though they play slower than most of the 'super slow' bands. This is a rare combination and I love it!!! just long strings of 'insert random minor note here' riffs mixed with crushing DUNNN , DA-DUNNNN, DA-DUNNN, DA-DUNNNN rhythms. how the hell can you even swing that slow?? They don't wear fancy costumes or strike crazy poses but they just kick your ass and this is enough. Plus they are predictably nice guys off stage.

 

—- guess who took this photo? Korean whiskey, that's who!

 

—- MORE drunk

 

—- MORE drunk

 

—- Yoshi-san, the ex-vocalist of the amazing and wonderful CHURCH OF MISERY, is now acting in a fan capacity.

 

—- after the gig the staff busts out some hot plates and makes noodles for everyone! How cool is that??

 

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