Posted in music | pictures on March 17, 2009

photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano

Flower Traveling Band

Flower Travellin' Band, the Japanese psychedelic rock band with nearly 40 years of history, played its first-ever US show Friday (3/13) at Knitting Factory (with Knyfe Hyts opening).

"Friday night I had the pleasure of heading over to The Knitting Factory (or what's left of it) and seeing Japan's Flower Travellin' Band play their very first US show. The killer opening set by Knyfe Hyts (Oneida, Ex-Models) lent the room a sort of dark, trippy tension that I rarely see anymore outside of metal shows. By the time FTB took the stage, I was ready to have my mind blown.

You see, FTB has been playing since the late '60's, and though they were set to open for The Rolling Stones during their 1973 tour, visa issues prevented them from entering the United Sates until now. Their particular brand of psychedelic rock is delightfully heavy and strange, emphasized by the fact that they have abandoned the electric guitar in favor of the hugely complex, wide-necked sitarla. Vocalist Akira "Joe" Yamanaka's voice is jarring and alien, but somehow suits the band's style quite well. I don't often think of this sound as having thrived across the world in Japan, but FTB's extensive discography says otherwise." [JDub Records blog]

The band's second-ever US show was Saturday (3/14) at the Studio @ Webster Hall - tonight Flower Travellin' Band plays Washington, DC, before heading to SXSW for a March 19th Knitting Factory showcase at Smokin' Music.

More pics from the Knitting Factory show below...

Knife Hyts...

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Comments (21)

Long Live Knyfe Hyts

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:49 PM

I heard from all account it was pretty terrible, a let down.

Posted by BARRY FROM BROOKLYN | March 17, 2009 1:49 PM

haha looks awful,yet fun.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 2:13 PM

that guy has elephantitis of the guitar neck

Posted by Bella LaFlossy | March 17, 2009 3:13 PM

I saw FTB at Webster Hall's The Studio on Saturday and was pretty disappointed. They played, what I assumed to be, stuff from their new album. It took until the last song of the set to play anything from Satori. They played with energy and certainly haven't lost any talent, but someone needs to get these guys to do drugs again.

Posted by Preston | March 17, 2009 3:31 PM

I thought the show was amazing. FTB sounded incredible. Knyfe Hyts were fun and played really well.

Posted by Lori | March 17, 2009 3:36 PM

it wasn't terrible, it was just a little cheesy -- but wasn't that to be expected? take it with a grain of salt, these are OLD dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:46 PM

KNYFE HYTS!!!

yeah i heard it sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:51 PM

That guitar just blew my fucking mind.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 4:02 PM

I'm curious. What was their set like on Friday's show?

Posted by preston | March 17, 2009 4:25 PM

knyfe hyts, COME WTH YR FCKING CD-RS NEXT TIME! ive been looking for those forever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 5:12 PM

common guys, if they weren't japanese you would've
ripped them apart. KF show was horrible,
nothing less.

Posted by danny boy | March 17, 2009 5:13 PM

also... NO FUZZ GUITAR SOLOS?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 5:20 PM

heard they were terrible in philly last night. man.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 5:28 PM

SERIOUSLY @5:12 -- i wanted a cd so bad and they came empty handed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 6:10 PM

<3 shitty music! Horrray!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 12:49 AM

i don't know what the rest of you wags expected, but the music they delivered on friday night was 60's psychedelic sounds frozen in amber and thawed out for those who understand... the flower's sound is that of 60's psych, which was grounded in rhythm and blues, soul and funk... which many bands used as an ornate frame for what everyone loved in the 60's, the guitar solo, and Hideki Ishima delivered the goods, great tone and fluid runs... in the middle of the show they played a traditional electric blues tune and it was like being at the fillmore with the electric kool aid flowing...Hideki sent the initiated into the stratosphere... he delivered goods, he tore off a ripping blaze of riffs, the man is a master player... the icing of course was held till the end, satori and Hiroshima... with drums, bass, guitar and keyboards... and a great soulfull singer... they've got it all... they would fit right in at Bonaroo... they never toured america, nobody knew who they were and still don't, perhaps a showcase at sxsw will finally wake people up to the lost treasure these guys represent... it might not be your thing... but they are a jam band, but they were doing it before there was a "jam band" label... it was just how bands played in the 60's... solid psychedelic blues jamming... they were great, are great... you just don't understand what you saw or what you missed...
play on brothers... play on band...
peace

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 2:58 PM

knyfe hyts was the worst band I have EVER seen in my life. i was upfront and nearly vomited.

ftb was amazin.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 8:39 PM

anon who posted @ 2:58, you represent what I saw going on at the show, that's awesome :)

Posted by Lori | March 19, 2009 12:43 AM

Great post 2:58. Wished I could've been there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 2:21 AM

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