Tokyo. The booze takes hold, but Japan's deep gulp swallows you in. Businesses stacked on one another towering over you, you wonder if you'll ever have a handle on a single percent of it. With this heavy drinking, booze soaked trip nearly behind us, we do what only real sensible idiots would do : schedule four shows in Tokyo in 2 days. Why not?
First up, a show that was slated to begin at 10AM at Shinjuku Jam. We barely drag ourselves up (at least, myself) at noon and head out. Shinjuku jam is already lit. We're talking red-eyed, heavy breathing drunk. It's amazing. There's a gigantic fellow yelling in a mic in the corner. There's some sort of bald-cap wearing crazy shit happening, and everyone's laughing, but I'll never understand it. Rock bands. GUIGUISUISUI. Noise Arcade. Just another morning...or...afternoon, in Tokyo. I'm not sure I even know what time it is anymore. It doesn't matter, anyway.
Gamuso Chroma with Android Beach Party. An expat led surf rock band with Korean players he guides and writes everything for. They're fun. Mana Hardcore. There's a baby running around during GUIGUISUISUI, and I have to wonder what is going on in this little kid's head. Must feel like a bad acid trip to the little fellow. Noise Arcade seeps into my brain more and more with every set. I'll have some sort of David Lynch style nightmare about it some day, I'm sure.
A last minute show at Moon Palace sets us in an alley, waiting for the thing to open. It's some sort of whiskey bar, and in the mean-while, I start bothering a J-Pop star who's been stuck inside with a legion of fans eagerly waiting in the alley, merely a few mortal feet away. He comes out, and I act like I'm interviewing him. Really I'm just hungover, and all the girls are laughing, taking photos. I asked around to the people hanging on, but nobody could give me a clear answer except "he's famous." How do I get on that tip, Japan? Suntory, give me a ring.
Tomorrow : DOM Studio. The final act.