Heads up!

Hey,

since I neglected my real life in the last couple of days it all went a lot quicker than I thought, and I already finished copying all the old content to my new blog. It’s still going to take a couple of days until I launch the new blog, I‘m still (incompetently and lazily) working on layout, formatting. etc.
Right now it looks right now I might even post new stuff in November already.

Take care
抗独

After the end

Hey there,

first of all I want to thank all of you who replied to my last post. It’s really cool to read that this blog means something to somebody! Thank you!
Now, for the good(ish) news: I started working on my new blog which you‘ll find at https://kyoukinonihon.home.blog/

But since I could not get the import of this blog to work I will have to re-post all the old shit so nothing will get lost (except for your comments… sorry!). This means it‘ll take some more time until the new blog is up and running, but it WILL come and I WILL keep all the old posted music. Right now the new site is still set to private, but give me some time, I hope I‘ll get it done until December.

Stay tuned (for more rock‘n'roll)
抗独

The End

As was announced in December 2018 blogsport will sadly cease to be sometime in late 2019. Since I still want to continue blogging about japanese punk/hardcore/post punk/gothic and so on, I will have to find a new home. In the last weeks I tried to move this blog to a different hoster, but didn‘t manage to import the backup xml data of this blog. Since I don‘t want to lose the data on this old blog, but am a) incompetent b) a lazy bum and c) gone for the next week or so, it is going to take a while until I have definite news how and where I‘m going to continue blogging.
Those who care, stay tuned!
抗独

The Willard – Punx Sing A Gloria 7“

The Willard’s 2nd 7“, released in 1983. All in all, it is still a bit rougher than their later, anthemic „The Damned go Japan“ style, but the direction is already there. On Side A the opener Soldier Song is fast paced but catchy, while Cos I Live is an aggressive, pounding mid-tempo number with melodic choruses and cool guitar harmonies, and Suicide Romance is quite hardcore in style. Side B opens with their anthem „Punx Sing A Gloria“ and closes with the catchy and melodic Voices. Afaik my version is a bootleg.

Sing A Gloria if you‘re a punk!

Skizophrenia – Don‘t Give Up! 7′‘

Another awesome 7“ by Skizphrenia! Released in 2012 it’s got three tracks of wild hardcore between UK 82, Sweden’s E.A.T.E.R. or the harder stuff by Nyx Negativ, also like their contemporaries like Vendetta and Zetu.

Get it, this is hot shit!

Venuux – 1st Demo Tape

Venuux (although the transcription from the katakana is more like Benix) were a primitive raw punk band from the 2000s. No idea where they were from, how long they existed of what the name is supposed to mean, but I‘ll let the „music“ speak for itself. The longest song on this tape is 1:14, and the band recycled artwork from Protes Bengt (and of Strange Fruit’s Peel Session 12“es) on one of their releases. So now you know what you‘re in for!

Thrash Poisonous Obligation League!

Auto-Mod – Sadistic Dream 7″

Another one by Auto-Mod! Sadistic Dream, released in 1984, only has the title track on Side A and the „karaoke version“ on Side B. The quite „relaxed“ in style, I guess I‘d even go so far as to call it a New Wave rock song, hehe! There’s a „dreamy“ sax, a show-offy guitar solo, lots of reverb on the drums, you know what I mean… But I guess -judging from the title- the lyrics may have been a bit less relaxed.

To the Sadistic Dream!

Crow – Last Chaos LP

Last Chaos, the mighty Crow’s debut album, released in 1987. Musically the songs are still very clearly from Crow’s early phase: very simple, brutal, dark, crusty, abrasive and aggressive. The production is also very raw and lo-fi, very fitting for such a brutal and raw release.
This version here is a recent bootleg, for which the songs were cut from a pretty worn out original. So expect a lot of cracks, pops and additional distortion.

Give up all hope!

D.S.B. – Pure Cultivation 7″

An absolutely raging hardcore 7“! Three wild, fast, thrashing hardcore punk songs, a very clear production, tight playing, anything you could ask for! All in all the sound is a bit similar to their contemporaries Gouka, though DSB were less D-Beat and more thrash. Released in 2002, my version is the Euro pressing on Kangaroo records.

純粋培養

Dead Person – S/T 7“

Another one of those one hit wonders! Too bad, because Dead Person’s sole 1987 flexi 7“ fucking KILLS! Musically it’s fast-paced, metallic hardcore with some thrashing thrown in. It may have been pretty typical of its time, but it’s got that certain something: the production is raw in a perfect, dirty way, the songs are aggressive but still catchy, the band is competent but has the necessary punkrock grime. An almost perfect little record (but still not as good as Zouo’s 7“!).

Get it! That’s an order!

Zelda – S/T LP

After their first two independently released 7“es Zelda were signed by major label Philips, where they released their S/T debut album in 1982. The album has still quite a lot of punkrock’s energy and snottiness, but is already very much a new wave album. It’s sometimes bouncy, sometimes melancholic, dancable, and -most of all- very good.

I love it.

Sperma – Come On Tonight 7“

Come On Tonight was Sperma’s 2nd 7“, released in 1986 on Beat Crazy Records. While their first 7“ had been more on the punkrock side, Come On Tonight has more of a rock‘n'roll/hard rock/heavy metal vibe. The songwriting is good, the band knows what they do, but it’s not quite my bowl of nattō.

Mmmm, nattō!

Extinct Government – S/T 7″

Another one of those „incest bands“ whose members also play(ed) in a couple dozen more big and not so big bands. This late 90s release has simple, tight and somewhat catchy hardcore punk, kinda UK 82, with the emphasis (imo) being a little bit more on the punk side.

Get it!

The Nurse – ‚‘Discography'‘ 1983-1984 LP

Nurse, one of the best japanese all-girl hardcore bands! They only released two 7“es in 1983 and ’84, the second on Tam’s ADK records. Their music was mostly very simple and fast paced with an amateurish charme thanks to the -on the first 7“- a little bit wobbly drumming. By the time of the 2nd 7“ they had changed their line-up to include male (boo!) members of Gastunk and The Execute, and had also matured their sound. This LP isa recent „discography“ on La Vida Es Un Mus.

Why the quotation marks?

Swankys – This Is My Lifestyle! 7″

After changing their name back from Gai in 1985, and releasing their first tape as The Swankys, this is their first vinyl, also released in 1985. These songs are still pretty close to Gai’s style of ultra distorted and fuzzy raw punk, in fact several songs were lifted straight off Gai’s Damnation cassette.
My version is not the original, but a pretty recent bootleg.

Get it!

v.a. 死国 Shikoku Raw Punk Compilation – 2004 – 7′‘

The title of this 7“ compilation pretty much says it all: a raw punk compilation, bands from Shikoku, released in 2004. Of course, the mighty Disclose are the best known band on this comp, but Micro Film, Godfree Ho (what a great name!), Circle Flex, Nonsense Human Project and Conga Fury are no slouches either. This is a raging comp, distorted, fuzzy and wild. Btw: the name Shikoku normally translates as four provinces. But the way it is written on this compilation translates as…

Land Of Death! Yeah!

ゴメス – Unaffected Nation 8“

Like their debut flexi 7“ from the year before, this 8“ from 1986 has three tracks of melodic, mid-tempo (and on the last track somewhat melancholic) punkrock. For some reason the a-side -“Unaffected Nation“- starts out with the wedding march as its intro, and the b-side’s catchy opener -called „To Hell“- has some chants of „Oi! Oi! Oi!“. A nation unaffected by weddings? To hell with Oi? Is that the meaning of this? I guess not. What’s a bit strange about this ep is the lengths of the songs: the first and the final track last more than 5 ½ minutes each, which is a bit much for simple punkrock.

Btw: no Beatles on this one!

Paintbox – The Door + Provided Railroad 7“

Paintbox’s 2nd 7“, released in 1999, is testament to their creativity and uniqueness. The Door is a fast and driving piece of powerful hardcore punk with Chelsea’s trademark guitar leads, but the real kicker here is the intro supported by a fucking brass section, which also gets to play a solo with dual harmonics. Provided Railroad is somewhat slower, but gets to feature a harmonica, congas (bongos?!), a flamenco guitar solo and another brass solo. I‘m not sure if I need to mention this, but ALL of these crazy musical excursion sound absolutely great!

Anybody wanna top that?!

Mobs – Gypsy On Journey 7“

Gypsy On Journey, another release with a title that’s no longer the preferred nomenclature, was the last 7“ by The Mobs. The guitar lead of the title track -a fast, melodic and somewhat melancholic hardcore song- bears an uncanny resemblance to the Asta Kask song Demokrati. The second track is a wild ride with a slap bass intro (with lots of chorus) and a really crazy synth. The last track is the most powerful one on this 7“, with metallic guitar leads and some nutty, almost clean guitar parts in the chorus/bridge/whatever.

Vi har demokrati så visst är du fri!

Endless Chaos – ST 7“

So far, their self-titled 7“ from 2016 is the only vinyl release by Endless Chaos (there’s also a live CDR). It’s got four simple, fast, driving and energetic hardcore songs. A little bit like Think Again maybe (Endless Chaos are a power trio as well!), though not quite as wild and insane, or maybe like a tighter but less melodic and catchy Exhale. Anyway, this is a damn cool 7“ and I sure hope there‘ll be more to hear of them some day.

Get it!

RAP – Trap 罠 7“

Trap 罠, released in 1986 on Dogma Records, was RAP’s 2nd 7“. It’s got three powerful tracks of mid-tempo to slow punkrock, all of which have a dark, melancholic and somewhat gloomy edge. I guess I prefer this one to their first 7“, which was more melodic and upbeat. A great release!

And again: no literal rap on this record, but another lame joke as the link’s title.

Liberate – Worth Of Living 7″

Liberate, another band made up of scenesters who all seemingly play(ed) in dozens of bands. Liberate played extremely tight, driving and fast hardcore. The songs on their debut 7“ from 1996 are definitely not melodic, but some are still kind of catchy. The third track „Surely“ on the other hand almost reaches D.O.N.D.O.N.’s levels of speed and hoarse atonality. Definitely a damn cool and powerful 7“.

Get it!

The Star Club – Hello New Punks LP

Although The Star Club (more Beatles references, haha!) had been active since early 1977, Hello New Punks from 1984 was their first studio album. Granted, that was after a live album and a load of 7“es. Most of the songs on this album are still mid-tempo punk rock, but sound a little less adventurous than on their early 7“es (especially Club Take One had some interesting shit IMHO!). Also the sound is tougher, and Hikage’s voice is kind of nastier than before .

Any new punks around in this day and age?

Auto-Mod – 遠い声 7“

1983’s 遠い声, the faraway voice, has two of my favorite tunes by Auto-Mod. The title track is a straight, dancable new wave number with an extremely catchy chorus, while the b-side (Enemy No. 3) kills everything with its funky bass and its Killing Joke allusions. No more of my useless babbling, just get it!

They‘re the enemy of the third world people (or something like that…)!

遠藤ミチロウ – Terminal 12“

During and after The Stalin Endō Michirō released tons of records with tons of other bands. On 1987’s Terminal you can still find lots of punkrock, albeit in a wild mix of synth-laden psychedelia, new wave, rock and post-punk. A bit like on Transformer’s Manoeuvre, Terminal’s heavier songs sometimes remind me of PIL’s album. Also, there’s a terrifying reworking of trash*’s 溺愛 (smothering love, one of my favorite songs by The Stalin), which seems even more choking and oppressive, with its monotone and somewhat atonal piano „melody“. None of all the songs‘ lengths are below 4 minutes, with three songs cracking the 9 minute mark. The production is clean with prominent drums pounding out the same static, mid-tempo rhythms -sometimes without any variation or fills- for minutes on end. All in all a very dark and strange album, but also a very satisfying listen if one is open to all its twisted weirdness.

Oh, Marx!

S.H.I. – S/T 7“

The Struggling Harsh Immortals aka S.H.I./死 (meaning death, of course) are a present hardcore „supergroup“ of sorts, with Zouo’s and Danse Macabre’s Cherry on Vocals, Keigo of G-Zet (and many others) on drums, to name just two of their prominent members. Their style of dark, sometimes plodding hardcore is not dissimilar to some of e.g. Danse Macabre’s stuff, but the added noise and samples give it another level of twisted sickness. This was their first 7“, released on Crust War in 2013.

Get it!

Sheena & The Rokkets – #1 LP

Here comes Mentai Rock legend Sheena And The Rokkets‘ 1979 debut LP, appropriately titled #1. The music is of course less punk than new wave rock (here too with a bit of a 50s influence), but the opener Highway Of Tears is such a driving, stomping and heart-thumping punk rock number you just wanna put on a moth-eaten Oxfam jacket, bounce around your room and gob at your parents! No wait, that would have been the UK… No idea what the punk kids in Fukuoka did.
This version of the LP is a later pressing from the mid-eighties with a different song order and one extra track.

Enjoy!

Warhead + ORdER – Don‘t Give‘n To Any Pressure!! + Space Junk 7“

I don‘t think Kyoto’s absolute hardcore monsters Warhead really need any introduction; OrdER are another of those long running bands who had a revolving door of former band members (did I use that metaphor correctly? Fuck it.) over their years. Warhead’s song is an overdriven mid-tempo stomper, while OrdER’s Space Junk is catchy and driving with a little ecclecticist weirdness thrown in.

Sorry, but I just can‘t come up with a better description today.

ガセネタ – S/T 7“

Gaseneta were among Japan’s earliest punk rock bands, but never released anything during their short existence. Their style was markedly different from most of their contemporaries, going more into a direction of hard, yet garagey noise rock. All of their surviving recordings are either from live shows or from rehearsal studios, and the four tracks on this posthumous 7“ from 2017 were recorded in early 1978 at Meiji University in Tōkyō.

Get it!

Kriegshög – ST LP

Hell yeah! Kriegshög, the grandmasters of absurdly distorted d-beat in our time! After 2 demos, two split 7“es and one 7“ e.p. they dropped this bomb of a debut album in 2010. The album was repressed in 2016, this here is the 2010 european version without the obi.

Are these Kriegshögs nuclear armed?



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