Tokyo Damage Report

reup : DOOOM: gallhammer, dot (.), dead pan speakers, psycho to black, tori corona, mothra

Sep 24, 2004

name of the  show: "EVIL FROM HELL"

 


 

i am considering giving up drinking.  As an experiment, i went to this show sober, but that is so rare, i kept THINKING i was drunk.  i was like, 'stupid alcohol, making me  balance an expensive camera on my knee while i tie my shoe! drunks always do dumb shit like that — wait, i'm sober.'  or i was like, 'damn, i musta drunk too much, it took like 5 seconds for me to sit down in that chair.  wait, i'm just getting old.'

so, apparently i'm as much of a spaz SOBER as i am DRUNK.  only normally i don't notice it.  this is so depressing, i feel like getting super-double-plus-drunk big-brother style.

also of great philosophical import:  either i DON'T have a drinking problem because i managed to go sober and stay sober, or i DO have a drinking problem because without alcohol, i couldn't enjoy the show at all. 

actually, now that i think back on it, MOST shows which i go to, all  by myself, are no fun sober. that shit is hella alienating.

On the other hand, going to shows WITH another drunk is more interesting, but it also increases the odds that i'll wind up arguing with them.  — because THEY, unlike me, can't hold their liquour and therefore do dumb shit. and of course, they're thinking the EXACT SAME THING ABOUT ME.

so, alienation or pointless feuding.  take your pick, rock music fans! 

Anyway, the concert was almost perfect. in what must have been a booking oversight, all the bands were just fucking awesome from start to finish!!!! But for some reason there was like only 10 people who paid to get in??

what the SHIT???

That really sucks because if there isn’t a certain ‘critical mass’ of fans all going nuts and rocking, even the best show seems kind of empty and devoid of energy, like you’re watching it on TV. And that is exactly what happened here.

It was, through absolutely no fault of the bands, a show where I couldn’t stop thinking about Indian food.

This would be delicious, if it were an average show, but for a show where ALL THE BANDS RULED, this was just a monstrosity inside an abomination, being sodomized by a travesty.

Plus the sound guy decided “hey, since all the bands are playing Miami Bass music tonight on 2Live Crew night, which it is tonight, I’ll turn the bass up so loud you can’t hear any guitars, and I’ll make the toms louder than the vocals. I do love me some 2live, man!~”

So this show was like finding the perfect choo-choo-train under the Christmas tree that you’d been asking santa for, for 5 months, except it’s totally smeared with human turds.

NOT COOL

Ok, bands:

TORI KORONA – these guys are kind of like a heavier, simpler ANODE. The singer was basically mushmouth from fat albert. How’s that for a cultural nonsequitur? Lots of energy, lots of falling over, lots of spazzy fast parts. The guitarist was doing some kind of crazy atonal chords that you couldn’t hear at all.

GALLHAMMER – their new songs are kind of frustrating. Like they’ll play an awesome melvinsy riff for a minute and then just lose steam and try something new, and then be like ‘oh, that’s petering out too, let’s try a new riff, maybe that’ll work better.’ But when they get their groove they just are heavy and scary. The guitarist got super pissed and kicked over the mic stand and screamed half the show with just her lungs. I haven't been so afraid of a 90 pound person since junior high.

PSYCHO TO BLACK – their first song was the best thing in this whole concert. Just one riff over and over for 8 minutes. AND THAT RIFF ONLY HAD 3 NOTES. Just genius. But after that, they tried doing 2 or 3 riff songs which, after that, seemed just too damn pop.

DOT (.) – this is dot 2.0. the bassist got some new members. So now it’s like a greasy Japanese hessier and a greasy Australian hessier, and on guitar some supermodel. If you are not a fan of doom/sludge music it is hard to explain how fucked this is. This is like if, I don’t know, the Oakland Raiders or the MIT Particle Physics lab was short one guy, and they were like, “well Linda Evangilista is free that night, let’s just call her.”

I don’t mean ‘fucked’ like BAD ? I love this kind of stereotype smashing. I just mean fucked like ‘huh?’ but the band sounded really great. They traded in Dot 1.0's faster (i.e. 10 notes a minute) more fake sabbathy stuff for slower (i.e. 3 notes a minute) EYEHATEGOD / NOOTHGRUSH stuff. Some of it was simple, some was complicated. It was all good though.

MOTHRA ? jesus, what can you even say about MOTHRA? Remember that African-american industrial band from SF in the 80s, the BEATNIGS? Well this was basically the BEATNIPS. Same exact setup: a bassist who sang, and a ‘real drummer’ and like some other ‘metal on metal percussionists’ and some guy in the corner doing analog electronics. Probably only like one reader will get this reference but it's apt, so i'm sticking with it.

MOTHRA was just chaos: the ‘industrial drums’ guy was all doing Taiko poses with huge iron pipes and smashing the hell out of aluminum, molybdenyum and many other elements and possibly some alloys. In the end he was just throwing bits of his kit around. Just hoisting 50 gallon drums and just using them like GIANT FUCKING STICKS. He was a madman. The ‘regular drummer’ guy looked like he should have been playing in Foghat or The Allman Brothers or something. Not to judge by appearances, but WTF? Amazing. The bassist was so pissed and his chest muscles were totally cut. Not ripped, but cut. Pay attention, people. He had one of those BMX biker physiques and I was like, damn, he’s raging!

The music was all slathered with a thick layer of noise from the electronic guy. It was pretty high energy but also every single song sounded the same. no distinctive beats and no attempts at dynamics. This is too bad. If they don’t have time to rehearse lots of different songs, they should just go all-out Postapocolyptic Tribal and only have ONE song that goes on ALL NIGHT. Also costumes. Costumes would be nice. you’re thinking ‘evil clown’ because you are all into nu-metal. But I’m thinking ‘mormon missionary.’

 

—- TORIKORONA.

 

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—- remember 'Da Butt'? Torikorona do.

 

—- also their singer is MUSHMOUTH from the old fat albert cartoons. For no reason.

 

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—- what the hell??? "but 'football in the groin' . . . has a FOOTBALL IN THE GROIN!!"

 

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—- GALLHAMMER

 

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—- MIKA. Fear for your life.

 

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—- PSYCHO TO BLACK

 

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—- DOT (.) v.2.0: a Japanese stoner, a aussie stoner, and a supermodel.

 

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—- MOTHRA

 

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—- he was all scraping some springs across some tinfoil with contact microphones on it, getting all Jerry Lee Lewis with it. All knocking over his casio. Rage on you fucka!!!

 

—- playing the drums with sticks is for posers. Play the drums with 50 GALLON CANS. Jesus!!

 

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