Geeks in Shibuya

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Geeks guitarist and vocalist ‘Endo’

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Geeks bassist and vocalist ‘Mitsu’

A few days ago I was changing trains in Shibuya and before I even got to the down escaltor from the Inogashira line I could hear raucous punk pop blasting out from somewhere, not unusual really for a city that brings a whole new meaning to the term noise polution, but this sounded different, not one of those god awful sound trucks advertising the next release from some sterile manufactured J-pop loser, more raw, more fun!
As I came down the escalator I could see an unusually large crowd of people gathered around the source of the music, so although usually I don’t stop, this time I thought I’d go take a look.
Turned out to be a good decision.
The band in question are called GEEKS, a power punk 4 piece, and despite not being my usual cup of tea music wise, they were bloody great, bursting with energy and personality and damn good musicians. Plus, you cant fail to love a band who play in front of a banner that says ‘Geek up your ass gently’ :-)
I hung around for a while taking some photos, actually pretty difficult as the large crowd seemed to contain quite a lot of hardcore GEEK fans, who weren’t very happy about me pushing in front of them to take pictures.
After they finished I spoke to the singer , Endo, in my best Japanese and he answered in flawless American English drawl.(turns out they had recently played at SXSW)
I gave him my card and said I was going to post something about them here.
They won’t be everyones cup of ocha but if you like power punk pop in a ‘Green Day’ vein then you will definitely enjoy GEEKS.

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They are currently touring Japan promoting their first album ‘Magical Vox Paranoia’ details of which can be found on their myspace page:-

http://www.myspace.com/geeksjapan

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