Dark The Giant gets its ass into gear after 22 years!

Here’s an interview with Dark The Giant, a band that’s toiled and suffered and worked their asses off in every kind of shitty situation for over two decades. Well… to be honest, I think they were busy or doing other things? (sorry, Keisuke!) But last year they got a human infusion of rock and roll called Masaya and now they’ve put out their first single on Stay Free Label. The interview was done by Tsune from Young Parisian and appeared in a Japanese punk rock magazine. 

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There’s nothing like punk and power pop based rock and roll that hits you with a blast of power and melody that’s over-the-top catchy and not even trying to hide its love of US and UK rock from the 90s to today. The band I’m talking about is Dark The Giant, a “rookie” band of 22 years that’s now, way too late, putting out its first single. The single features four scorching rock and roll tunes whose production was overseen by Firestarter’s Fifi. It’s a great first release that’s better late than never.

 ―Thanks a lot for sitting down to… (K-suke is slowly pulling a pile of CDs from his bag)… What are you doing?

K-suke – Just in case you asked me about our roots (laughs).

―I’ve interviewed people for a long time and this is a first (laughs). Let me start by asking you, you’re the guitarist of Firestarter, but you’ve also been doing Dark The Giant all along, right? Continue reading

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Dark the Giant releases first single “Diamond”

Dark the Giant’s single is coming out! Original post is here.

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Dark the Giant takes 70s punk and power pop and twists them into a whole new sound that’s both powerful and filled with sweet melodies. Their first single “Diamond” (7-inch with download code) came out on March 8 and they’re playing a free release show on Friday, March 16.  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.

The members were Continue reading

Sayonara, Shinjuku Jam

At the end of 2017, Shinjuku Jam closed its doors. This was a place many a Tokyo rock freak spent many a night shouting incoherently with their fists in the air while their favorite band played at max volume on the stage.

My personal fave memory there is when the Dogs played and I lost my shoe in the mosh pit. After the song was over, Loren said into the mic, “Anybody lose a shoe?” while holding up my bar floor goo covered Converse, which somehow got passed back to me goo covered but fine. This is Nakagami-san’s post about Jam from the Target Earth blog. 

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In the days leading up to Shinjuku Jam closing its doors at the end of 2017, it had a series of shows that devolved into wild parties to send off the iconic Tokyo venue. I organized one of those shows and I want to write here about Jam and my show there.

Jam opened in 1980, originally as a rehearsal studio. Many people know it for that, but for me and my friends, we know it as a rock club where we saw some of our favorite bands play over the years. It closed Continue reading

Tweezers ”Already” remastered and reissued with bonus tracks!!

These guys are friends of mine…

New from Timebomb Records!

A remastered edition of the Tweezers “Already” is set for release on August 18 on CD and LP, along with a new previously unreleased 7″ EP!

Twenty years after the release of the band’s sole full-length, “Already” has been remastered and is hitting stores August 18. The Tweezers Continue reading

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.

We just did the 13th anniversary memorial show for Billy Continue reading