Tokyo Damage Report

reup: dsb, anode, life, protess @ Shinjuku DOM

Sep 18, 2004


I was supposed to go on a blind date tonight, but on my way home from errands I passed the venue DOM, where members of DSB were all hailing me. so i bailed on the date and went in. i was like, 'i can get herpes later. At the store. I'll put it on layaway.'

Tonight’s show was FEROCIOUS.

ANODE opened up. They seem to have abandoned their whiney emo guitar sound while keeping the complex rhythms and intricate compositions. Plus I DIDN’T break my camera this time so I CAN provide you wonderful pictures of the singer’s amazing headbanging. His name is Kazu and he is the best showman ever. He’s doing spastic dancing like he’s a mime caught in a hurricane, with his microphone taped to his wrist so it doesn’t fall off. He often sings with his hands cupped around his mouth like he’s stage-whispering to you (“do not! Seek! The treasure!!!!”). plus , he must be using some special helium-based conditioner on his hair or something, because when he headbangs it like stays up there for several seconds. And he never stops banging! It’s like his whole dome is constantly surrounded by a NIMBUS! A CORONA! A sort of probabilistic electron cloud! Of golden locks. And he manages to do all this without seeming unduly affected or pretentious. Plus he’s a nice-ass guy who hauls crates of octopus for a living.

CTR: from Sapporo. Their music was just totally unmemorable. What was memorable was, again, the showmanship. This is one of those bands that you literally can NOT TAKE A BAD PICTURE OF. The singer and guitarist were total cartoons (giant purple mullet with headband???) and also at the same time totally real-life hard-knock thugs covered in tattoos. Improbably, the singer was using Freddy Mercury’s trademark “walking-stick-style” mic stand. Total rough trade style. Just awesome.

LIFE: crusty. Sub-par headbanging. The audience didn’t dance. Um, definitely see them once though.

DSB: the guitarist was sporting this amazing look tonight, that was like GG ALLIN meets Inspector Clouseau. I kept expecting him to like shoot baguettes and crepes into his veins or something. That was just — fuck!!- where do you even begin to think of some shit like that, dude?? Can I marry you????

after, DSB'S singer was like, what about your date? i was like, "i decided that the DSB moshpit was a safer place to be."

PROTESS: this band name just makes me think of the Cali rapper POETESS. But while their singer IS a lady, she doesn’t bust rhymes. She just yells and looks like some cute underage skater boy that would be starring in some illegal gay porn. Fuck, could I talk less about the music? Um, I remember expecting them to be generic thrash but being pleasantly surprised that they mixed up their style with lots of different tempos and catchy melodies. Plus they all smiled and looked like they were actually happy to be there. I love protess!! Also their name reminds me of Proteus, the old supervillain that would fight the x-men and make them fall down by turning gravity 90 degrees sideways.


 

—- the amazing ANODE

 

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—- would you buy a used octopus from this man?

 

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—- HAIR

 

—- more hair

 

—- just deal with the hair.

 

—- this goes on for 45 more pictures

 

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—- CTR from sapporo

 

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—- you can just not take a bad picture of this band.

 

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—- fucking DSB

 

—- alex in the pit, doing the 'cryptic finger dance'.

 

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—- gg allin meets inspector clouseau?? Oui!

 

—- guitarist inside audience

 

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—- LIFE

 

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—- PROTESS from Sapporo.

 

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