Entries tagged with: Guitar Wolf
Guitar Wolf at Chaos in Tejas (more by Keith Marlowe)
Break out the pomade, shades and leather jackets, Japan's "greatest Jet rock n roll band" Guitar Wolf have scheduled a set of US dates for March and April with portions of the tour trickling out slowly but surely. From the looks of it, New Zealand's The Transistors will join them on most, if not all dates including at Knitting Factory on 3/31. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale on Friday 2/3 at noon.
All known tour dates and some streams of material by The Transistors is below, the bulk of which is available for FREE at their Bandcamp.
photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts, words by BBG
"I have just returned from seeing Guitar Wolf, the legendary jet rock and rollers from Japan. I have wanted to see this band since I first bought one of their albums at the seminal Wax Trax record store in Boulder, Colorado in 1998.(I think it was the first thing I ever got there oddly enough, along with a Motorhead compilation) So needless to say I was excited. I mean the thundering Link Wray riffs that made you ready to rumble with some Socs, the frenzied two to three minutes of every carnage filled song, and of course the amount of aliens killed in their cult film Wild Zero made me excited to see the men in black this evening.Saturday (AKA day three) had a few options during the day at Chaos in Tejas. Keith & Harriet took full advantage of those. First they caught sets by Tragedy with Mind Eraser (they missed Omegas) at a sold-out Emo's indoors before heading to Beerland to catch The Marked Men (again) with Night Birds. After a lull, the duo went back out to catch a show at Red 7 outdoors, where Guitar Wolf (who the above reviewer didn't enjoy) was playing with Off With Their Heads, Underground Railroad to Candyland, the Mind Spiders, Cheap Time, and the Hex Dispensers (who they missed). Pictures from their whole day are in this post.
And you know what...it wasn't that awesome." [nomoretvparty]
Tragedy fan at Europa (more by Konstantin Sergeyev)
No rest for the wicked. After a grueling weekend of heavy music at Maryland Deathfest (pictures of day 1 HERE, day two HERE, day three HERE, and day four HERE), I am looking forward to a mix of punk, hardcore, metal, crust, d-beat, and indie at Chaos in Tejas in Austin this week! Kicking off on Thursday (June 2nd) the four day festival features appearances from tons notables, day shows, after parties, and in-stores, some for free. Swing down for a blow by blow breakdown of what you should look for every day at the multi-venue music fest.
Thursday, June 2
Ah the start of the festival.... fresh legs and feet, and a hunger for tons of good bands. Thursday will sate your hunger too, as there are tons of great hardcore/metal shows to choose from. Shows tonight happen on both stages at Emo's, both stages at Red 7, at the Mohawk, Beauty Bar, Beerland and the Broken Neck.
Despite the high profile cancellation of Killing Joke at Emo's outdoor, CIT bounced back and added Cro-Mags to an already awesome lineup of rare appearances from strong>Asta Kask (Swedish d-beat), D-Clone (a rare show from these Japanese hardcore monsters), Veins (featuring Mark McCoy from Charles Bronson/Das Oath as well as Ian from Copremesis/Castevet), Double Negative (North Carolinian hardcore greats who released the awesome Daydreamnation last year), Vile Gash (brutal hardcore on Youth Attack), Japan'sThe Slowmotions, and NYC's Cult of Youth (dark folk with a great new LP on Sacred Bones) and Crazy Spirit (excellent hardcore with members of Perdition).
Thankfully, I can use my wristband from Emo's to hit up Red 7, right around the corner, where an awesome metal show will clash with an awesome garage show on the two stages. Finnish doomers Hooded Menace will headline on stage with Denmark's Undergang, crusty death metallers Acephalix (mems of the amazing Vastum), more death metal from Bone Sickness, and local death and rollers Mammoth Grinder. Meanwhile, the second stage will feature The Spits, the Arrivals, Shellshag, TV Ghost, and others. All of this means that I'll probably miss Converge/Title Fight/Touche Amore/Trap Them/Burning Love/the Menzingers at Mohawk and How I Quit Crack/The Indicator Dogs at Beauty Bar. At least I can end the night right with Tragedy and Origin of M at Broken Neck as part of an after-party. Yikes!
the rest of Thursday's schedule and what to do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, below...
Converge at Santos Party House (more by Paul Birman)
After a pair of mega-announcements (first and second) which included names like Larm, Kreigshog, Hooded Menace, Youth of Today, Autopsy, and many esteemed others, Chaos in Tejas (June 2 - 5 in Austin) has expanded even more with a third batch of bands recently added to the ever-growing list of awesome. Newest additions include Converge, Guitar Wolf (who play NYC on 5/13), Mind Eraser (side project Innumerable Forms also on board), Cult of Youth, No Statik, Touche Amore, Hatred Surge, and many more.
Full Chaos in Tejas additions, some video and current Chaos in Tejas lineup (more announcements forthcoming) is below.
Guitar Wolf at Santos (more by Keith Marlowe)
Guitar Wolf will return to the US for announced dates in NYC and Chicago in May. No word on if these dates will lead to a full-blown tour, but luckily for NYC we know we can look forward to seeing the Japanese garage punks on May 13th at Knitting Factory with Cheap Time. Tickets are on sale.
The last time Guitar Wolf played NYC was with the cartoonish and superfun Peelander-Z. Peelander currently has no NYC dates (they recently played The Studio at Webster Hall), but will hit the road for a string of dates with Anamanaguchi directly following, and including SXSW, and then they're going on Warped Tour.
All dates, and some videos, below...
Guitar Wolf photos by Keith Marlowe, Peelander-Z photos by Harriet Roberts
Most Guitar Wolf Fans express their feelings with words like "awesome!" and "bad fuckin' ass," and with good reason: Their music just doesn't lend itself to measured critical reflection. This was clear as soon as they came out in their signature black leather and sunglasses. Drum Wolf and Bass Wolf established a rhythm first, and the crowd was getting rowdy before Guitar Wolf (aka Seiji) began playing. Seiji has as much rock star charisma as it's possible to imagine, and impressed us with his heroics, aiming his guitar at the crowd like a machine gun during "Machine Gun Guitar." His stage patter, although difficult to make out, was also entertaining: "Motherfucker ... [inaudible] motherfucker!" ...Guitar Wolf's US tour included an appearance at Matador 21, a stop at Santos Party House on 9/23 for date with Peelander-Z, and a stop at Gonerfest 2010 where they met up with Oblivians, Ty Segall, So Cow (who played NYC last night with The Thermals), and many many others. The above review comes from Gonerfest, but the below belated set of pictures come from the madness that ensued at Santos Party House.
Seiji's Ramones- and Link Wray-inspired playing is amazing, but the band's overall guitar tone is perhaps the most distinctive aspect of their live performance -- a crushing, ultra-distorted rumble not quite like any we've heard before. -[Nashville Scene]
More pictures from Santos are below...
today in NYC
* Digable Planets @ SOB's
* Venomous Concept @ Europa
* Reggie Nicholson @ The Stone
* Times New Viking @ the Meat Locker
* Kordan, Fantasmes, Mitten @ Lit
* Field Music, Motel Motel @ Littlefield
* John Legend, The Roots @ Terminal 5
* Valient Thorr, Junius, Howl @ Southpaw
* Atari Teenage Riot @ Gramercy Theatre
* These Are Powers, Gatekeeper @ Union Pool
* Basia Bulat, The Acorn @ Mercury Lounge
* Landlady, Translations, Hospitality @ Coco 66
* Guitar Wolf, Peelander-Z @ Santos Party House
* Mike Krum, Honor By August @ Mercury Lounge
* The Posies (play Blood/Candy) @ The Rock Shop
* Twilight featuring "Ensemble Durations" @ The Stone
* Stanton Moore Trio, Anders Osborne @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Pavement, Endless Boogie @ Central Park Summerstage
* LCD Soundsystem, Sleigh Bells @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Merzbow, MV Carbon, Philip White @ Issue Project Room
* Murder By Death, Samantha Crain, Ninja Gun @ Maxwell's
* Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set), JDH & Dave P @ Santos Party House
* Tera Melos, Anamanaguchi, Pterodactyl, Fiasco @ Death By Audio
* The Fundies, Cal Folger Day, Jason Anderson @ Pete's Candy Store
* Laurie Anderson (performing Delusion) @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Kyle Bobby Dunn, Happy New Year @ Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts
* Ra Ra Riot, North Highlands, We Barbarians @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Juan Wauters, German Measles, Honey Dos, Easter Vomit @ Shea Stadium
* Richard Lloyd (of Television), Band of Outsiders, Deans Of Discipline @ The Bowery Electric
* Christmas Island, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Big Troubles, The Babies, Family Trees @ Glasslands
* Comedy Below Canal™ with Kurt Braunohler, Jiwon Lee, Ben Lerman, David Angelo and Todd Barry @ 92YTribeca
STREAM tonight's special Roots/John Legend show on YouTube:
American Express announced today that music sensations Jennifer Hudson, Common, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, and CL Smooth will join John Legend &The Roots as special guests from Terminal 5 in New York City on September 23rd for the "Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express" live-stream concert, directed by filmmaker Spike Lee (Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing). The performance will be live-streamed Thursday, September 23 at 9:00PM/ET at www.youtube.com/johnlegendvevo and coincides with the highly anticipated collaborative album release, Wake Up!, from Legend & The Roots, which is available now.--
Merzbow is playing two sets tonight at Issue Project Room.
Godspeed added two more NYC shows.
an official video for Times New Viking song "Teen Spirit In Hell", below...
On November 20th the colorful group will return to the same exact NYC venue as a headliner, with support from Starscream, and Japanase girl group TsuShiMaMiRe who they'll be ending a month-long tour with. Tickets are also currently on sale for that 2nd NYC show.
"Food is a noticeable subject in [Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re's] lyrics. In the rap-rock title song from no-miso shortcake (brain shortcake), lead singer Mari invites the listener to eat her brain. In Kamaboco (Fish Cakes), all three girls play the roles of food ingredients in Japanese hotpot, with fish cakes (Mari) feeling rejected and lonely because she is never added to hotpot. In their very first single, American Hamburger, an upbeat pop song, the singer describes herself as fat and food-loving but beautiful; the first line is, "I'm a pig so I eat pork." (Actually, all three band members are usually quite svelte.)The US tour is in celebration of Peelander-Z's new LP P-TV-Z, out on September 28th. The LP features guest appearances from members of Riverboat Gamblers, The Octopus Project, Foot Patrol, Atash, and Black Joe Lewis' Honeybears horn section. Download the band's version of "Old MacDonald", "E-I-E-I-O", above. Dig on the new video for the same song, with some recent live clips, the full album tracklist and cover art, and all tour dates below...
Some of their most powerful songs address death and its inevitability. In Na-mellow (Nameru), the singer plays the role of the young daughter of a fisherman, who gradually realizes her father will never return from a fishing voyage. In Manhole, the singer speculates about where manholes in the street might lead to, perhaps to the land of the dead.
Another common theme is sex, which is frequently juxtaposed against the squeaky-clean stereotype of the innocent-looking Japanese girl. In the title song from Pregnant Fantasy, the unborn baby of a pregnant teenager asks why her mother will bear her when she is not wanted. In World Peace & BOU, the singer appears to be speculating that world peace can be brought about by a cartoon penis." [Wikipedia]
Matador's 21st birthday fest will be happening in Las Vegas October 1st-3rd. For it, they've pulled the cream of the indie-rock crop. Previously speculated headliners Belle & Sebastian and Pavement will be there - on top of that, Guided By Voices will be reuniting to play, "in the band's "classic '93-'96 lineup!" The most recent show for GBV was New Year's Eve 2004/05.
In addition to those three, the lineup includes Sonic Youth, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, New Pornographers, Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Guitar Wolf (who also play NY), Chavez, Girls, Fucked Up, Harlem, Cold Cave, Shearwater, Kurt Vile and Jeffrey Joe Jenson. More will be annonuced July 5th.
A flyer is below...
Guitar Wolf is a Japanese garage punk power trio founded in Nagasaki, Nagasaki in 1987. The band is known for songs with piercing vocals and an extremely loud style of noise-influenced punk which emphasizes heavy distortion and feedback. They coined the phrase "jet rock 'n' roll", which they also use to describe their musical style - an energetic cross between the Ramones, rockabilly, 77 punk, and garage rock. -[Wiki]Break out the leather jackets, Guitar Wolf are back in the USA at Santos on September 23rd. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 19th, 10am. The band recently dropped Jet Satisfaction, a five song "mini-album", a follow-up to their 2007 LP Mars Twist. The band currently have no other US dates, though I would imagine more will pop up on the radar.
Current dates and some videos below....