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!

2 Antworten auf „The Ease – Saiki 8““

  1. 1 Fernando 30. Juli 2017 um 12:03 Uhr

    Wow! Never heard (i.e. read) about this band. The record was released in Feb. 1984, discogs says. I read in the back sleeve it was recorded in Hiko Studio so I guess they were from Nagoya or the Nagoya Area (it seems your ‚Aichi‘ means precisely that, haha). Hiko was an ex member of PVLN (a punkish new wave band) in 1980 and then formed Hiko’s and I think the ELL (Electric LadyLand) label was his, and he collaborated with the Star Club and blah blah. But it took me years to find about all this so I‘m not surprised I hadn‘t heard (read) about the Ease since the Nagoya scene seems to be very ill-covered… Gotta check this one, your description sounds great plus I see it has lots of girls in the band and I‘m a sucker for girlbands! :D

  2. 2 抗独 31. August 2017 um 19:26 Uhr

    I got the little info on them from a japanese language site that I can‘t find again right now. I‘ll post it if I can find it again (and if I remember…).

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