Tag: live

SEX MACHINEGUNS、GARGOYLE & ニューロティカ @ 江坂MUSE

昨日は日本ライブ主決定戦ツアーの最初のライブだった。場所は大阪にある江坂MUSEというライブハウスで、俺の彦根市から電車で約1時間半遠い。時間に合うために最後の2限をサボったが、電車が遅くなったし、場所も見つけられなかったので、ニューロティカがもうはじまったとこMUSEに着いた。

ニューロティカはおもしろかった。マシーンガンズと比べてニューロティカの演奏は全然激しくなくて、なんか年取ったハードロックの感じ。俺はじめてきいたが、楽しかった。

次はGARGOYLEだった。キバの歌声はアンチャンのより太くて、ときどききこえなかった。だが、やってた音楽はすっごくよかった。キバが出演したときびっくりした、そんなおじいさんなんでまだ赤い海賊服やってるんだろう…しかしその「おじいさんたち」はすごい精力的ライブをやってくれた。全然曲知らなくても楽しかった。子供歌みたいな「むすんでひらいて」って曲もあった(人の為-いいビデオみつけれなくて自分でアップした)。ただし、最後になんか変なハイルヒトラーみたいなポーズもあった…


Punks at Kichijoji Club Roots

A while ago the punk of the university, Daizo told us about a gig to come, mostly organized by him, with a few punk bands performing, including his. The date was yesterday, and it was a quite good gig, and a definitely great night. Four bands performed, none of which i knew, and we were also a bit late on the first. Yet, the party started up soon, and it was quite fun. There were classic punks with mohawks as well as “otaku punks”. The latter played the highest quality music there, but i just couldn’t get the crowd to move. Daizo’s band is him, another japanese guy and two foreign students. They played last, and least. Lots of chatting, and very few good tunes (and lots and lots of mistakes). Not the best ending after the previous bands, leaving a bad taste. After that we (Kang, Rado, Thiwanka and me, out of which i think it’s safe to say i’m the only “punk”) had a still not-that-great dinner at Matsuya (the best don is still Sukiya), but then came the change with discovering another Aladdin shisha bar there. Stayed there till the last train. Just when we arrived back i met Paul who called me to play dota. We won, but in a lame way (zero kills, 26 death). Yet the evening ended up great, and i get the feeling that today might be just as good.


AC/DC @ Saitama Super Arena

I had high hopes. AC/DC is not one of my favourite bands, because most of their songs are the same, but i still know all of their old albums, and even listened to Black Ice—once, and that was more than enough. Still, as old school rock’n’rollers, i expected them to deliver a frenetic show, making me want to jump all the way to the stage and sing full power. Tremendous fail.

First, there was no show. At all. Hardly any visual effects, the lights were way too simple and/or not matching to provide any real experience, most of the projected effects were simply lame, the stage equipment, such as the intro train, the sickly disgusting Rosie doll, with the exception of the cannons for the finishing song For those about to rock (which, in my sense, should’ve come first), looked totally low quality and off. Bassist Cliff Williams and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young were standing all the time beside the drumset, playing, only going in front to their mics when they had to for backing vocals.


HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR @ Club Quattro Shibuya

Today after an afternoon of pretending to practice the songs (it wasn’t going nowhere as well as i wanted to, though i can play most of it, just mess up the rhythm all the time, and considering i’d be the rhythm guitar, that’s quite troublesome), having a really filling lunch and watching the seventh episode of the fourth Skins season, which i must tell you all, is very shocking, like very, but i’m not ms Scoledario (i was surprised that she dated O’Connell irl as well) to spoil everyone, you should just watch it, so after all this, i hurried off for Shibuya. I didn’t know where that Club Quattro was, but after finding it, i realised i’ve been in that building (although in the bookstore of the first floors) earlier.

This was my second High and Mighty Color concert. Since the last time, i got to know more of their songs, so in the roughly ninety minutes they played tonight, there was hardly a song i didn’t know. The show was great, the setlist was very powerful with a bunch of new songs, according to band members some songs having been written just for this gig. Of course they played their greatest hits (Pride, Ichirin no hana), and some that are not so much of popular hits, but are closer to me. The atmosphere was good as well, lots of jokes and laughs, which with the music, made this show what it was: great.

One thing that surprised me a lot was that both guitarists played on seven-stringed guitars. I hope they have transcribed for six-strings as well.


Az érintetlenek

Van egy csomó apró jegyzetem megint, telefonban, eldugott .txt fileokban, hogy mikről kéne írni… De aztán amikor az a téma sorra került (ha sorra került), akkor nem jut eszembe, utána meg már nagyon nehéz akárhova is érthetően beilleszteni.

Például egy reggel megborotválkoztam, ami amúgy nem gyakran fordul elő – egyszerűen azért, mert ahol gyorsan visszanőne (bajusz, szakáll, pajesz), azt eleve hagyom, a többi meg ugye lassan nő. (Néha örömteli, ha meg épp meg akarnám növeszteni, nyűg.) Azon az ominózus reggelen meg vagy háromheti borosta jött le rólam (nem vagyok az a Robinson-fazon azért), és megállapítottam, hogy vagy két-három évvel fiatalabbnak nézek ki. Aztán másnap meg azt, hogy a bőröm szerint öttel: kezdtek megint előjönni pattanások. Inkább nőjön.

Másik példa néhány apró részlet életem második Sonata Arctica koncertjéhez (az első még Pesten volt). Előtte Sentenced (is) szólt, és sikeresen, jó szokásomhoz híven, bár jó bandára gondoltam, amikor beszélgettünk ott, Paradise Lostnak neveztem őket. Ez a két zenekar nálam teljesen összefonódik, minden ellenére. A Sentencednek a zenéje jön be jobban, a Paradise Lostnak meg a neve (nem láttam még Paradise Lost albumot, ami überelné nálam a Sentenced Funeral Albumját). Érthető keveredés. Meg aztán hogy Tony ilyen nagy “emópanda-öleléssel” búcsúzott – legalábbis ez jutott róla először eszembe. Nagyon… szeretetteljes pillanat. Meg hogy meglepően kevesen voltak a koncerten, bár két nap volt, igaz.


Pull the trigger: In Flames we trust

Yesterday i made the last class finish a bit earlier, but still i could only hear two or three songs from Each of the days, a japanese band (Tokyo Zepp is quite far from the university). It wasn’t that outstanding, and it was funny that the guitarist used the guitar i wanted to buy (very cheap) (at least it looked the same). They had two drummers, and one of them was a girl, quite unusual. Actully, i didn’t even know there were this many bands, this made the event kind of a festival, i thought it’ll only be CKY, Atreyu and In Flames. Not quite…

Then came the first break, and i met a couple of american navy people, they were long into drinking, but still really nice people. From then on i appear on a couple of photos i guess, as a “random hungarian guy”. I also got to know a japanese girl, whom i helped out when she couldn’t understand what the drunk americans were saying anymore.

Endless Hallway played really nice catchy music, sometimes with quite amazing riffs, and they all look the favourite of teenage girls way. They played for roughly half an hour, just like Each of the days before, it was just how it had to be before the bands coming after. I guess this was the time when beers started to fly.

That break i met new people again, more and more from the navy (of various countries) and japanese as well, two girls and two guys, talking away the whole break. And realised that Asahi draft is more water than beer.


And so it continues

It doesn’t stop, today’s the first in the chain of many when i have time to sit down (i won’t specify where) to write this blogpost. Yesterday i couldn’t get myself to do so after running around for hours, most importantly to the post, so finally i applied for a visa card, which is supposed to arrive in a month from now. I also paid my external hard drive, so that’s to come in a week as well. Can’t wait.

Today i really will go to sleep early. I never do, and i’m getting to feel that, yesterday at the table tennis training i got much more tired than i should have, so i decided to wash my hair around eight and just dry and do nothing for the evening—maybe only plan and read on about my topics. And i surely want to finish that paper with the interesting view on the universe as information and the (for me) surprising fact that gravity is an entropic force. It’s really fascinating.

On monday i went to a great concert, Sonata Arctica in O-East. It was a bit short though, hardly ninety minutes, but they played most of my favourite songs (not all, of course, for example they didn’t play Shy). I couldn’t get a setlist, but lucky someone uploaded it. The guys on stage, i mean the band, especially Tony, are just crazy. I also ran into a friend from the dorm there, a bit of a surprise. On the way there, of course i had a coffee and on the way back i passed off the 100 yen second one to a homie, just as last time in Shinjuku.


November 27

On the 27th of november i went to a concert in Shibuya O-EAST, again. (Same place as the Opeth gig.) This time it was Sex Machineguns, and it was great as expected.

To start with the only bad point in the whole night, it was extremely overamplified, as usual, so i ended up stuffing tissues in my ear. (After the other Machineguns gig in may, i couldn’t hear with my left ear for three days…)

And that’s all the bad points: in every other aspect, the concert The 冠 (Kanmuri) and Sex Machineguns did was simply great.


Opeth

Tuesday, the seventeenth of november in year 2009, from evening seven o’clock Opeth played a fantastic concert in Shibuya O-East, Tokyo. They played for two great hours. I can’t list all the songs in the setlist, but they mostly played songs i knew, with a few from the older records i’m not so familiar with.

Not only the music was great, as expected from (in my opinion) one of the best active progressive bands, but between songs Åkerfeldt’s hilarious comments made everyone laugh too. (It turned out Opeth renamed themselves Swedish manboobs, i’ll have to re-tag my mp3 library.)


Rancid

October 9, 2009 brought my first punk concert in Japan. And it was great. The first band, SA were, are and will be the first and self-proclaimed best punk band in Japan (agreed). They did a huge show (especially considering that they’re not exactly youngsters), and i had my first moshpit experience in Japan, and it was the same as for example on Die Ärzte on last year’s Sziget. To be honest, i don’t know SA much but they made a great gig. And they were very open, Naoki, the guitarist was shaking hands and talking with fans after the end of the concert.

Rancid did great as well. They played a lot of songs that i didn’t know, which supports what i read about them somewhere on the net, that Indestructible was really just some “deviation” for them—the problem is, i loved it much… I was hoping for David Courtney or Out of control (which was on the soundtrack of NFSU) to come, but no… Whatever. They made a very professional and long concert, they even had a standing bass, which surprised even hardcore fans. I can’t tell the tracklist, but they played nice songs, there was a nice moshpit (with me in there for most of the time), and loads of bodysurfers. Of course since this was my last gig as a teenager, i had to try it out as well and it’s huge fun.

This evening with two such great punk bands worth the money and time definitely. You should regret it if you weren’t there…