Tokyo Damage Report

REUP : drunkpunk show: 4 spikes, disclapties

DATE: SUNDAY MARCH 7, 2004


This was seriously one of the best things I've seen in a long time. 8 bands, ten dollars! Plus, free t-shirt. Besides being cheap the club (club ADM in ikibukuro) lets people hang out in front, and also loiter inside after the show, even if those people are totally drunk perverts with skulls tattooed on their necks, and are hanging out with innocent, wide-eyed fifteen-year-old girls and teaching me filthy language.

Besides that, there was a real 'family' feeling at this show. It seemed like everyone knew the words to all the songs. the songs were apparently written with this in mind, because everyone's tunes had mad phat call-and-response parts in every song. it was a big family affair! For the encores, people would just run up on stage until it was packed, all singing in the general direction of the microphone, arms around each other's shoulders, looking like some kind of punk rock football huddle.

The style was . . . it was like I had somehow fallen INSIDE of a novelty British postcard from 1981 with mohican punk rockers flipping two fingers at the camera. Except the britishers were Japanese, and it was 2003. I mean, 4. everyone looked more extreme than the 'japan style' punks, but acted much mellower. i guess if they got crazy in the pit their hair would fall down. Everyone spent half the show with their fists raised in defiance. It was a perfect combination: not so active that it's dumb and macho, and not so 'hip and cool' that nothing happens.

my friend explained that these kids were 'oi punks' (also called 'drunk punks') and thus their fascination with british hardcore. I always thought oi meant skinheads, but who cares, we're not teenagers anymore. Wait, my friend IS still a teenager. . . . and she wound up bailing after 3 bands because it wasn't 'real' (i.e. Japanese) punk. dude! I kept calling her 'kibishii' (strict) . . .but she's not the only one laboring under this assumption that 'real jappa-core' (their term) is so uniquely japanese and different that is is a whole separate genre. It's like 'hey, you guys are ripping off the wrong bands – – what a bunch of posers'! especially conceited when you realize that she was like 3 when jappa-core happened. nostalgia-core is more like it.

CHILDISH PRANK- played. they were fun but non-anecdote-y.

2 -the disclapties – disclapties?? What a name! Not English. Not Japanese. Not anything. Guitarist looking like he should be jamming with B.B.KING or something… there's one giveaway that he's a punker: fab pink shoelaces

3 ? NO EVACUATIONS. Another band. I think every single dude in the band had the same headband. I'm wrong, but that's what I think.

4 spikes show:

well, I think I already said everything about this band in the last review, so just go and look at their pictures. Oh, their singer with the foot-high Mohawk and the spikes is a sushi chef.

5– CHARGED BRUTALITIES. The singer was doing this rare iggy pop / bruce lee thing. He was all jumping around crazy and doing unpredictable whirling dangerous things with the microphone stand. I don't remember the music except there weren't 'call and response' parts, which kept the air punching to a minimum.

6- pogo machines. They were totally new wave-looking but played just regular punk with that polka thrash beat. Maybe they should change their name to POLKA MACHINE.

7- ABDUCTED. . . swan shaped glasses, spikes in weird places, and the crowd still totally active even though the show has gone on for 5 hours.

afterwards ? everyone was punk as heck, except for these two utterly random schoolgirls that showed up and stood mysteriously in the back in full schoolgirl uniforms. I went up to them and said, “mizurashii!” (rare or unusual) and then left. I shouldn't have messed with them because just by showing up in uniforms it showed that all the OTHER punks were ALSO wearing uniforms, and thus was a most excellent piece of satire. Later I was hanging out with some crazy pervs with neck tatoos that kept pointing at each other and saying in english "he is hard gay." "no, no! HE is hard gay!". this is the only english they knew. i asked if they lived together in shinjuku 2-chome (i.e. tokyo castro). good times.

The best, though, was yet to come. We all left the club and walked back to the station, in a big punk parade.. . . It was like a scene out of SUBURBIA. Sure, their look is dated and uncreative, but when you put them out on the street next to all these boring trendy people, they begin to look outrageous again. Plus I took the best photo of the whole year at that time!!

 

 

—- CHILDISH PRANK

 

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—- band name: disclapties! Not English. Not Japanese. Not anything. Guitarist looking like he should be jamming with B.B.KING or something… there's one giveaway that he's a punker: fab pink shoelaces

 

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—- the band NO EVACUATIONS

 

—- HAIR FIGHT!!!

 

—- HAAIIRRRR FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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—- dancing.

 

—- the encore.

 

—- The ceremonial Punching Of The Air With Big Spikey Fists

 

—- since the air had not been sufficiently punched, we did it again. Stupid air, always taking away our rights!!!!

 

—- hair envy

 

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—- singer NORIsan stagediving. Note the punker on the right, whose hair has a huge strip shaved in the side… and the strip is painted leopard spots!!!

 

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—- more encore madness!!

 

—- at the end of every show the singer and guitarist jump into the audience and start smashing fools.

 

—- CHARGED BRUTALITIES. The singer is very iggy pop

 

—- see what I mean?

 

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—- bad, blurry photo of CHARGED BRUTALITIES

 

—- POGO MACHINE

 

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—- THE ABDUCTED rocking and winking

 

—- the abducted's frenzied crowd. Even though this is the 8th band of the night, people are still very um, enthusiastic.

 

—- see what I mean?

 

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—- my man with the rockabilly hair and the wraparound shades, protecing his neck from the sunburn.

 

—- this guy is not messing around-he's got 2 spikd belts, 2 bum-flaps, fanny pack, suspenders, and 2 little plastic cute things hanging off his keychain. . . he's practically got TWO BUTTS. Two thumbs up.

 

—- ABDUCTED butt. I love how the fanny pack is made from leopard skin. Plus the dead leopard has 'exploited' written on it. if it were a real leopard skin, I'd be digging the irony.

 

—- bondage belt, 2 chains, random bullets and flannel shirt/tail thing. This is a real smorgasbord of anal ornaments. It's magnificient but lacks focus.

 

—- the POGO MACHINE butts. So many fanny packs….What the hell do they put in all these fanny packs? The entire decade of the 80's???

 

—- boys up front on stage, girlfriends in back with cameras.

 

—- fortunately not ALL the females are timid.

 

—- Dances With Spikes

 

—- AUDIENCE PHOTOS!!!

 

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—- THE BEST. Bozo The Punk

 

—- pretty much every other guy had this little headband. I asked about it, and they said that it was imported with the crusty punk trend around 7 years ago.

 

—- damn.

 

—- pujubilation

 

—- more jubilation. Who's not alienated? US!

 

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—- suburbia. 'got any vibrators?'

 

—- bad day at the PERFECT SUIT FACTORY. Is this the best concept for a photo I have ever taken? Probably.

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  1. Tzench April 12th, 2011 4:37 am

    Asta Kask is back!

  2. Corner December 31st, 2012 1:39 pm

    You don't by any chance still have the free t-shirt you got at this gig do ya? haha

  3. admin December 31st, 2012 3:51 pm

    @corner: fuck yes I do. Customized it by sewing a panda head on the little cartoon punker, too.

  4. DisMars13 January 3rd, 2013 11:47 am

    Aha seems like a fuckin goood time

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