The Ease – Saiki 8“

Seems like The Ease from Aichi were one of countless one-release-and-no-hit-wonders of punk rock, so this three track 8“ flexi disc is all they ever did. The music is mostly slow to mid-tempo punk rock, with some new wave and a little bit of pop thrown it. The sound is somewhat tinny and trebly, which really fits the music: a steady beat, simple but wandering bass lines, arpeggiated (is that the correct term? I forgot!) chords and a high-pitched, sometimes a bit unsteady singer with a really cool voice. The opener Saiki is a cool punk rock song with a marching bass and a rocking guitar riff thrown on top, 時間砂陵 is a great anthem of melancholy and darkness, Hydra Dawn is a beautiful, sad pop number with an organ in the background (and it’s even greater than 時間砂陵!).

Why the hell couldn‘t you last longer and record more? This was some great shit!

Gauze – Equalizing Distort 12“

THE album. Or at least its bootleg with bonus tracks from „Thrash Till Death“ and „A Farewell To Arms“.

THE (!) album.

v.a. 時の葬列 – Selections From Excommunicated Monument

This is great compilation album of japanese mid-eighties gothic, new wave, post-punk and noisy avantgarde stuff. G-Schmitt are frail, beautiful and full of pathos, Madame Edwarda’s tracks definitely surpass the songs of their debut album, Auto-Mod deliver songs of dancable aggression and childlike wanderings (but less funk than on some of their 7“es), and Sadie-Sads‘ tracks on this album are pure genius. And to make it all perfect, the title translates as…

The Funeral Procession Of Time!

The Sexual – The Last Days / Antiseptic – First-Last 12″

Those interested in getting some of The Sexual’s output on vinyl should avoid this LP. Their tracks come from a lousy old copy of „The Last Days“ which skipped like hell, plus one song is missing. There’s also only one track off the Jisatsu Omnibus compilation. So you‘ll have some listening pleasure I didn‘t record the songs off this LP, but I included the tracks off the original compilation and this bootleg. Actually, all of their official releases plus some cool unreleased songs have recently been bootlegged on LP, so one can get them all in better quality than here.
Now for Antiseptic: their songs on this LP were all taken off their only release, 1986’s „First-Last“ 7“. To my ears there’s definitely some Zouo, The Mobs and The Bones in these songs, also loads of quality metal guitar riffing and tapping.

Last Days, First Last – The Antiseptic Sexual!

Glycerin – … From The Depth 8″

Compilation tracks aside, this 8“ from 1987 on AA Records was Glycerin’s only release. They no longer play the noisy thrash like on ADK Omnibus Vol. 2, but changed their style to a slower paced punk with some metallic riffing, thumb-muting and soloing. Fun factoid: the longest song on this 8“ is longer than all of their tracks on ADK Omnibus Vol.2 combined.

That’s arithmetics for you.

紅蜥蜴 – けしの華 LP

Before Lizard there was Benitokage (meaning „Red Lizard“). The band started some time in the early seventies and released two 7“es during their lifetime. This LP and the accompanying flexi 7“ from 1980 were released posthumously and compiled tracks from several recording sessions and live shows between 1976 and 1978. Benitokage were a lot more 70s proto-punk and glam; there’s some great pictures of theirs wearing semi-drag on the web. Musically the album is very diverse, a mix of funky rock, up-beat proto New Wave, some off-beat, some electro (Momoyo going solo!), you name it! Their synth already promises what Lizard were to keep, several of these songs would later be reworked to become Lizard tracks.

I hope I didn‘t fumble too badly describing their music… argh…

Enjoy some first class music after a mediocre description!

百夜 – 百夜独演音曲集一 聖家族 7“

This record is a solo release by Lizard’s singer Momoyo from 1985. It’s not punk, more like minimalist electro stuff. Since this is definitely not my area of expertise I‘ll just shut the fuck up and let the music do the talking. Also the record’s not in very good shape.

Sorry for the Aerosmith quote. That was uncalled for and almost as unforgivable as covering the Beatles. Plus I just found it’s not an Aerosmith original. Oh well. I‘d better go. My planet needs me.

Gomess – Lxx Ix Bx 7“

Why would anybody do such a thing as release a cover version of a Beatles song? Why? That band always was, is and always shall be The Enemy (not the UK ’82 band)! What ever happened to „How brilliant! They hate the Beatles!“?
Here the abomination cover song especially aggravates because I really like the other two tracks on this flexi 7“: Kick Down on side A is a cool, upbeat, melodic punk rock song, Jim Niteshade on side B is even cooler, dark and sad. So why do the unforgivable pay a completely unnecessary hommage to THAT BAND, when you‘ve got enough cool tracks of your own? Damn!

Unaffected Nation in Japan! 1985

Nubile – Spyral Totem Toler Than East Poll 7″

When you compare Nubile’s self-titled 7“ to its 1984 follow-up „Spyral Totem Toler Than East Poll“ (wow, what a name for a 7“), it comes across as almost easy listening. On this 7“ they really seem to enjoy going off the deep end: dark, slow, ominous dirges with atonal bass and guitars, interspersed with noisy outbursts of… what?

This 7“ was their first release on Wechselbalg Syndicate, where they would go on to release a load of EPs.

If I only knew what the title meant!

Crow – Who Killed Dove 7″

Since I‘m not rich, this is only the recent bootleg of Crow’s first 7“. A lot rawer, more primitive and more direct than their later output, but already with the same darkness and despair.
I had already posted these songs on this bootleg compilation, but the 7“ comes in the original artwork with fold-out poster.

Yeah, I know that I recycled that lame joke about not being rich.

Deef – Real Control Tape

Deef were a damn noisy, thrashy and chaotic hardcore band from Sapporo/Hokkaidō who only released a couple of tapes and tracks on tape compilations. This here is a recent bootleg of their second demo tape from 1984, 20+ minutes of tape-hiss and loads of atonal and chaotic noise.

What’s not to love?

Anemone – S/T 12“

Sadly this 12“ from 1986 seems to be the only record released by Anemone. 4 songs somewhere between soft New Wave and Gothic, it’s not unlike some of the stuff Zelda did, a bit less adventurous, but nonetheless very cool.
As far as I know there is no connection to Das Gemeine, whose singer also happened to be called Anemone.

Sadly no songs about carnival on this record…

Crude + Grass – Hakodate City HC 7″

Oh yeah: this 7“ from 1996 on MCR Company contains the very first songs by the mighty Crude. Their songs are already very much in the style of what was to come later on, just a little bit less refined. Grass were a lot rougher: aggressive, lo-fi hardcore with a lot of screaming and shouting. So lo-fi in fact, that one channel kind of fades in and out during the songs. As far as I know they didn‘t release much more than this ep and compilation tracks.

Hakodate City HC!

The Stalin – Fish Inn LP

I have to admit, of The Stalin’s four regular studio albums, Fish Inn is the one I listen to the least. This is definitely not because I don‘t like it, or because it’s any worse than its three predecessors. Fish Inn is great, it’s just that I really have to be in the mood for its uneasy, darker, more atmospheric and less bluntly punk/hardcore songs: by its release in 1984 (this here is the re-release from 1986) both bassist Shintarō and guitarist Tam had left, so I guess it’s only natural that Fish Inn is vastly different from trash*, Stop Jap and Mushi.
Though the music itself cannot really be compared, the change in style reminds me a bit of the Dead Kennedys releasing Frankenchrist as the follow-up of Plastic Surgery Disasters.

I wouldn‘t want to stay in a fish inn. Once more: hahaha.

D.O.N.D.O.N. ‎– Skulls. EP

D.O.N.D.O.N.’s first 7“ from 1989: four tracks of absolutely relentless, lo-fi thrash with singer Yoshikawa’s recognisable barking, followed by the five minute epic „Last Supper“ (which is also mostly relentless, lo-fi thrash). Drummer Mokichi must have been a metronome, since the thrashing in all 5 songs is basically the same tempo. Wow, what an EP! It’s only fitting that „dondon“ is a japanese onomatopoeia for knocking, drumming or similar noises (like automatic gunfire, hehe…).

Skulls. Period.

我殺 Crime Fighter – Rude Beat 7“

Rude Beat is Gasatsu Crime Fighter’s first 7“, released in 1984 on ADK (for real this time! I checked! :p ), following their tracks on the Neo Punk Disordery / ADK Omnibus Vol.2 7“. The songs on this 7“ are pretty similar to the compilation tracks: punky, sometimes catchy, minimalist hardcore in typical Penta Studio sound (at least I guess so, there’s no studio mentioned on the sleeve).

Get it (if you wanna)!

v.a. Suck My Life, Suck My Death Compilation EP!!

Another one of the countless compilations by the prolific MCR Company! Released in 1998, The „Suck My Life, Suck My Death Compilation EP!!“ featured four young thrashy hardcore bands: Lego, Razors Edge, Fishy and Food. Razors Edge are still active and have a shitload of releases by now, Fishy and Food had a couple more releases, while the tracks on this comp seem to be Lego’s only release.

Fishy Food, hahaha.

Madame Edwarda ‎– ヒステリックな侯爵夫人 LP

Madame Edwarda’s debut LP, „The Hysteric Marchioness“ from 1984 on City Rocker Records, sadly remained their sole vinyl full-length album; later they would release one more album on tape.
In my opinion the tracks are not as great as the three masterpieces on this 12“, but it is still a great piece of gothic rock.

To the hysteric marchioness!

Kyah – S/T 7“

Kyah’s S/T 7“ from 1984 on R.B.F. Records is chock-full of greatness: its four tracks bounce to and fro between snotty punk rock, new wave, almost-hardcore and post-punk (pretty much like their songs on the R.B.F. 1984 8“ compilation). A really cool 7“, interesting and with a lot of attitude!
The cover’s inner fold-out didn‘t scan too well. It’s printed on reflecting paper, which came out as solid black. I had to improvise, the end result is a bit dull and blurry, but at least you can read the lyrics now.

Btw: the cover of the 7″ opens like an envelope. I love that kind of stuff!

Judgement – Haunt In The Dark 7“

After their first two 7“es which were recorded with Crück’s singer Nori, Judgement recorded their third one with the mighty Bastard’s Tokurow on vocals. His voice really fits these songs, which sound a lot more blunt and direct when compared to their first release. „The Mad Dog“ on Side A is a fast stomper with a cool stop-and-go verse, and „Haunt In The Dark“ on Side B has one of the most recognisable and well-travelled riffs on punk’s history.

Watch your back, you degenerate, there’s a Party in Paris today!