The fuzz, the blood and the beer – an interview with Go Devils, Acid Eater and the Baitones

This is an old interview but a good and fun one and anyway there’s no new content for me to translate (SEND ME STUFF…). Well, as per usual, the shit I love isn’t popular so nobody’s interviewing, reviewing, blogging about, or otherwise obsessing over the coolest bands I’ve ever heard… and so it ever goes. But I have a few “historic” interviews and things like this one lined up. This interview is from around 15 years ago for the release of the comp/3-way split “Demonic Freak Scene,” put out on Timebomb Records. The interview was done by Tsune from Young Parisian. It was originally published in a chopped-up form in Doll magazine but here’s the whole thing. 

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Welcome to the Psychedelic Jungle

Time Bomb Records is proud to announce the release of “Demonic Freak Scene,” a compilation with three of the best freak-out bands from Osaka’s psychedelic jungle, the Go-Devils, the Baitones, and Acid Eater. Here’s an interview with the Go-Devils’ Momo (vo/g) and Angie (b), the Baitones’ Dai (vo/g) and Miwa (d), and Acid Eater’s Mazo Yamazaki.

– Let’s start with the Go Devils.

Dai: I first saw them about ten years ago. Go-Devils were the Continue reading

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Jumping in the night – Rock and roll in Fukuoka

This is Nakagami-san’s blog post about a trip to Fukuoka with Ruler. The original Japanese post is here

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In early January, for probably the first time in like then years, I went to Fukuoka. The last time was probably with Rockbottom. Over the last few years I’d set up some shows with Hirashima in Fukuoka for Raydios, Tweezers and Beat Caravan, but Continue reading

Pushers Forever, Forever Pushers

Here’s a blog post from Target Earth Blog about yet another cool Tokyo band from twenty years ago that you’ve never heard of but should. Their recently reissued CD on Mangrove Label is available here

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The Pushers were together for about a year around 1994 and they only played about ten shows. Now, their demo cassette, the only thing they ever put out, is getting an official release 23 years later and they played a show to commemorate the occasion.

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Don’t Look Back – Daddy-O-Nov’s Guitar Wolf story

Daddy-O-Nov is the promoter behind Emotional Market and Back From the Grave, events that put the Tokyo hardcore and garage punk scenes on the map. He also runs the Radio Underground label and makes custom badges. If you want one, contact him at daddyonov_radio_u@ybb.ne.jp.

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Well, Mods Mayday is over and now it’s summer and it looks like it’s gonna be a long one, “Long Hot Summer,” just like the Tom Robinson Band song. But seriously, those guys work hard to keep those events running, events like Mayday or London Nite Xmas, the ska-billy events and all of that. There are tons of people I only ever run into at those events, year after year, it’s like a class reunion or something.

I hope people feel that way about Back From the Grave. Shit! Speaking of BFTG, I gotta get my ass in gear and start booking bands. It’s almost June! This year’s Halloween Ball will be October 28 and 29 at Shinjuku Loft, so put it on your calendar. Hope to see you there.

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Tsukemen Of Death – an (old) interview with Supersnazz

Folks, with Supersnazz playing our last show on May 20, I dug out this li’l interview we did right after we put out our record “Get Down” in 2008. Enjoy!

At the time of writing, July 16, 2008, Supersnazz is eighteen years old. They’re putting out their seventh album, “Get Down,” on Meerkat Records (Vivid Sound). The album is infused with the energy of its new member, Greg, and its new label and it doesn’t have a second of filler. The day after they finished mixing, I sat down with the band to talk about the album and a whole bunch of other random stuff.

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Interview by Haruko Shiozawa

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“Congrats on finishing the record!”

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“Thanks! Cheers!”

(Glasses of beer, oolong tea and Black Hoppy are raised, cheers’d and glugged)

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“Whew… we’re done.” Continue reading