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!”

Everybody
“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

Haunted – the history of The Evil Hoodoo

The Evil Hoodoo is getting back together to play at this year’s Rock-Ichi Rock-Za at Shindaita Fever on September 3 and I’m excited as hell. Definitely one of the garagiest of the garagey garage punk bands, and plenty dark and noisesome to boot. Here is a history of the band by Masao Nakagami just published on the Target Earth blog.

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Although the Evil Hoodoo are considered to be a band in the true tradition of garage rock that plays music faithful to its 60s roots, they were never really part of Tokyo’s garage scene. Their existence was like an air pocket, and like an air pocket in the sky, it caused some turbulence. Continue reading

The heady aroma of a duke’s armpits – an interview with Texaco Leather Man

 

I don’t want to rave too crazily but I first saw the force of nature that is Texaco Leather Man my first weekend in Japan at the 2004 Back From the Grave Halloween Ball at Shimokitazawa Shelter and I think that was the moment when I let the gods know that they could kill me now and everything would be fine and dandy. Glad that didn’t happen because a whole ton of cool shit has happened since then, but when they took the stage, I knew I’d made the right choice in coming to Japan even though I worked for Nova, the shittiest among shitty eikaiwas and each day was a living hell until the weekend. For those who don’t know, Texaco Leather Man are a perfect example of a Japanese mutant punk rock band that takes everything from the Monks, Keiji Haino and thrash metal and twists it all into something wonderfully weird that you’ve never heard before. And singer Mokkos is swinging a sword at you.

This is an old interview from 2003 when they released their LP “Duke.” The translation’s a little shitty in parts but I couldn’t give Fuck #1.

Texaco Leather Man is one of the greats of Tokyo garage punk along with Guitar Wolf, Mad3, 5,6,7,8’s, and Jackie & the Cedrics. Finally, 15 years after their formation, they’re putting out their first full-length. Including new versions of previously recorded songs, it’s a masterpiece that really showcases well their unique style. Texaco Leather Man’s style isn’t just garage rock, but also incorporates elements of psyche, punk, hardcore, metal, and noise, greedily gobbling up genres and spitting them back out into a new, mutant form. Known for their excessively loud and unruly live shows, they’re a band not to be fucked with.

Interview by Taneyuki Shiina

──I don’t think this is an album that fits into the category of”long awaited.”

Mokkos: No, it just happened that way. Basically, recording has never really gone well for us. That’s all. We never felt a great urge to do it.TXCO

──But you always wanted to put out a full-length, right?

Mokkos: I guess we thought about it maybe every five years or so.

Osama: We recorded stuff before but partway through, things would always fall apart. At the end of the day, we were never that serious about putting something out. It’s on principle, kinda. Continue reading

Frantic Stuffs – punk is a toy that kills

The mighty Frantic Stuffs from Osaka, Japan. Here’s an interview with one of the baddest-assed punk rock bands in Japan today.

After rockin’ for 15 years, Osaka punk band Frantic Stuffs is finally putting out its first LP “Last Wave,” on Episode Sounds.

Armed with nothing more than a raging passion for the music they love, the ‘Stuffs have unleashed a record upon the world that’s a stew of the style they’ve developed over the last decade and a half. If you ask them, they’d say they just play the good ol’ straight-up punk rock of old, but it’s not some boring purist nostalgia punk act. When you see the frenzy they whip up at their shows, the artificial lines between “punk,” “rock and roll,” “hardcore,” and etc. etc. fall away and that’s their unique charm.

There are a lotta bands around these days flying their “proto-punk” influence flag (espesh in the US of A) but the ‘Stuffs have been doing that all along and they stumbled upon it naturally. They’ve developed their style time, slowly absorbing the influence of their favorite rock and roll, and then letting their own mutant brand of punk rock and roll ooze out naturally.

“Last Wave” is a collection of 10 songs that condense all of those punk rock influences from the 70s to today with all of its blood, sweat and other bodily fluids it’s best not to acknowledge or name.

(Interview by Tep / Photos by Yada)

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What kind of bands have been the most influential on Frantic Stuffs?

Naoki (guitar): I guess I’d say so-called “proto-punk,” Detroit rock like Continue reading

Tweezers bring the rock to Osaka

Some bands wax philosophical and go on long speeches expounding the true essence of rock and roll and what it all means in these interviews. The Tweezers don’t, not in this one anyway. This quick interview was done before they went and played Osaka at the end of last year. None of that philosophy crap here, pal. Just talk about rockin’ and partyin’ and havin’ a good time.  

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Joe Zip: Please introduce the band.

Fifi: I think we got together around 1994. We were hanging out after a show drinking and the booze brought on the whole “let’s start a band” discussion. We broke up around three years after. Four years ago, we got back together to play a friend’s wedding party and we’ve been playing ever since.  Continue reading