I haven’t been to a show in a while. The last show I was planning to rock out to was Floor a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t able to make it. Last night, my girlfriend and I got a chance to see Japanther, Ken South Rock, Filthy Savage and Flashlights at Will’s Pub. The show started at 9pm, but as always, I arrive fashionably late because my girlfriend and I took some time to grab some dinner at a small, hip Mexican/Asian/Indian fusion place on Mills Road called “Tako Cheena“. Yes, the food was great!
We arrived at Will’s Pub around 10 p.m. and missed the local opening act “Flashlights“. However, we walked in just as the next band, Bronx, NY natives “Filthy Savage” was setting up the stage. Now, I give all music a chance. Well, maybe I’m a bit of a music snob, and maybe I don’t listen to too many new bands, and maybe I’ve been listening to the same Dinosaur Jr. CD in my car for the last 6 months, but let’s face it: music from the last 15 to 20 years or so pretty much sucks. Radio is dead, MTV ruined decent music in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and that station doesn’t even play music videos anymore. MTV had to make another channel, MTV2, which did play videos for a bit, but now, uh nothing… What the fuck happened to MTV, and why the hell do they have MTV Video Awards when they don’t even play videos anymore? I’m lost.
Anyway, I’m not sure where Filthy Savage went wrong, but this band was fucking terrible They had a very small pit going, which just proves to me that The Dead Milkmen were right. The lead singer was screaming in what seemed to be Spanglish with a New York accent. He was all over the place, flinging his body in to the small, and amped up crowd. Okay, I have to say that I know I that I listen to both good and bad music, and when I listen to bad music, I know it’s bad but for some reason I like it. This band I just couldn’t like. After seeing them play it made me remember why the only “savage” things I ever liked were Randy “Macho Man” Savage, and the Savage Dragon. I should mention that when I met them after the show, they were all really nice guys.
The next band was called Ken South Rock. This is a two member band with just a drummer and a guitarist (the same arrangement as Japanther). The guitarist is from Tokyo, Japan and the drummer is from Brooklyn, New York, with vocals in both English and Japanese. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure what to think about this band because they pretty much had the same set up as Japanther, but when they began to play, they blew me away! The guitarist is a fusion of Jimi Hendrix and Ace Frehley; he is a total show man, and always at warp speed. The drummer is just as awesome! Fast and furious on the skins, these guys made one heck of a dynamic duo, and last night I found my new favorite band.
After their set, I asked them to do an interview and they were totally up for it; the interview will be posted in the next few days. We spoke for a while, and these guys turned out to be two of the coolest dudes that I had met in a long while. Great, fun, dudes who play some awesome music! Also noteworthy, Ken (the guitarist) is a huge kaiju fan (more on that when I post the video from our interview).
The last band was Japanther, the headliners of the show and the band that everyone was waiting for. The room swarmed with fans as the band began to play, and I could barely walk in to the room to take pictures. Japanther is a smooth, melodic duo, but it seemed like I expected so much more. They are a great band, but some bands are either good live, or not; Japanther (at least to me) is one of those bands that sound better on an album, after all the tracks are mixed and ready.
Don’t get me wrong, from what I saw they put on a good show, and I love that they sing into phones instead of mics. How original is that? I’m sure that all they did was take apart the phone, probably insert a mic in to it, and strap it to the mic stand, but it sounded amazing. Also, I underestimated Japanther’s popularity; Will’s was jam-packed with people. If they blow up, they’ll be heading to shows like The Warped Tour or one of those outdoor, all-day or weekend shows. It has happened before: small band makes it big, and then you go from buying a Japanther CD to Japanther Guitar Hero for your XBox 360. I see it coming; don’t say I didn’t warn you.