Tokyo Damage Report

reup of some prog: mandog, naikaku no wa, pochakaite malko

Jan 25, 2005 @ live-freak


Japanese progressive rock shows are really unlike “rock” rock shows. . . .more like Classical Music concerts, but with booze. so i guess that makes them like CHAMBER concerts. OH! OH! CLASSICAL MUSIC HUMOR, IS THERE ANYTHING MORE FUNNY EVER???

anyway for one thing, j-prog shows cost like thirtyfive bucks. And there is little chairs. and the audience is not long-haired Dungeons and Dragons types like in the West, but Really Serious middleaged men in suits with like 4000 cds in their collection, who sit quietly in the seats and memorize all the band’s equipment.

And then there’s me, the guy playing air drums in the front row, drinking hella screwdrivers and yelling at the band “ 元 むずかしい ください!!“  ("PLAY A HARD ONE, GUYS!”)

It was totally like that Onion thing about “local concert ruined by man enjoying show.”

MANDOG

 

Mandog was just a . . . .a hideous self-indulgent masturbation-error of a band. the concept seemed to be, "What if we had the the stale, passionless performance of the most nerdy proggers, without any of the chops?" Rarely does a motherfucker see a band with a bigger gap between pretention and actual talent. I don’t mind some fake-hawkwind pulsating trance-y primitive improv stuff, but these guys were not even Mockwind. Here is a hint, try playing in the same key sometimes. Jesus.


 

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NAIKAKU NO WA (INTERNAL NUCLEAR TIDE)

 

http://mypage.odn.ne.jp/home/naikaku3104

honestly I enjoy these guys! The bassist is like 10 feet tall, and he plays really hard stuff while also putting on a show for the audience, which is rare. Plus, trumpet and flutes in the mix. EVERYONE is wearing lab coats, which are besmirched with blood and burn marks, as if the whole band is a science experiment gone horribly wrong. Warning: lots of solos. They have an english homepage, I recommend it.

 

—- http://mypage.odn.ne.jp/home/naikaku3104

 

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POCHAKAITE MALKO

 

 

http://homepage.mac.com/ogino1827/pocha/

I saw these guys 3 years ago with ruins, and was not impressed. But this time they are just fucking amazing!! They have achieved the perfect ratio of complex ? to- rocking. this has long been the Gordian Knot of prog. lots of progressive bands make the mistake of doing some shit that is so fast/subtle that you cannot clearly make it out. Or they will be excessively melodic. But POCHAKAITE MALKO (Romanian for “never mind”) (or something) (?) places the emphasis on rhythms!!! complicated synchopated rhythms. Even the bass and violin follow the drums a lot. And the rhythms are at the exact point where I can follow along. Any simpler and it would be too easy, any harder and I would just give up. . .

Supposedly part of the appeal of Prog is that it makes the listener feel smart or elite. Usually I do not get this feeling, because I am a dumb metalhead and easily confused. But when I figure out some hard drum part in like 7/13 BEFORE THE GUY MOVES ON TO THE NEXT BIT, I feel so smart?not only do I love the band, but I NOW GET THE WHOLE GENRE . By the end of the show I was just air-drumming on my legs hella hard, and when I got home I had bruises all up and down my thighs. Jesus, kids, do not drink and air-drum. They do not mix. Why was I not shown some kind of cautionary educational film about this in high school??

 

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—- I was air-drumming so hard at the live, I hella bruised my legs with my hands. Dude – listen to me: DRINKING AND AIR-DRUMS DO NOT MIX. Why was I not shown a cautionary film about this in high school?? #bugad.jpg" type="image" /> —-

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