Geek up your ass gently (?)

2009_11_30_2250A few weeks ago I wrote a post about a band, GEEKS, playing outside Shibuya station who made me stop and listen, a rare occurance indeed.
I contacted them after to tell them about my blog post and several emails later I was invited to the last gig of their recent Japanese tour.

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I make no secret of my disdain for Tokyo’s ‘live houses’ and their music killing policy of charging bands to play but, I’m a sucker for a place on a guest list and a photo pass AND these guys are really damn good at what they do,  so this Monday I found myself at Shibuya Cyclone to watch the Geeks end their “Ougon 黄金” tour.

I was not disappointed, they were everything a power punk quartet should be, loud, handsome and full of energy. Their set was suprisingly short but the crowd (and me) loved it.

Endo (the vocalist/guitarist) is a handsome bastard with a boyish charm perfect for their kind of music and a natural frontman, he is perfectly complemented by Mitsu (the vocalist/bassist) who pulls some truely great gig faces and is fully ‘foot on the monitor in skinny black jeans’ rock star.
Kaol the keyboardist is described on their MySpace page as a Nerdy Otaku disliked by women, that seems a little harsh,  he is clearly a compitent tickler of the ivories, filling out the bands sound in all the right places.
Finally, Taka on drums holds the whole thing together with perfect timing by beating the living hell out of his poor drum kit like a good drummer should never missing a single semiquaver.
All in all these boys are a tight, well rehearsed and charismatic, they deserve to go far.
Oh, and I’ve said it before but, any band whose slogan is “Geek up your ass gently” deserves at least a little of ones time, surely ;-)

I’m pleased with the photos and GEEKS, if you are reading this I hope you are too :-)

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Afterword:-
Many many moons ago, I was a roadie for a (now sadly defunct) English power pop/rock band called Spacemaid and being at the GEEKS gig, my first live gig in way too long brought back so many good memories of the life giving power of loud rock music.
Thanks guys for a damn good night out.

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  • Jrim

    Nicely done. I find that the lighting in most live houses can make it a real bitch to shoot there. Agreed that the majority are guilty of some pretty appalling management practices. Ditto the ones that cobble together line-ups of totally unrelated bands, based purely on whoever was willing to pay the noruma that night. I’ve been lucky in that most of my gig-going has taken me to nights (and venues) with a bit more stylistic cohesion/coherence. I suspect you’d have fun at some of the hardcore venues in town (20000V in Koenji, Earthdom in Shin-Okubo, Antiknock in Shinjuku, etc.), although excessive backlighting and red gels are both a given.

  • Pretty good stuff there geekboy, especially the close-ups. Jrim’s right about the lighting, but even more so the random possibilities that arise (not always great as randomness goes), but looks here that at least 5 people showed up, who weren’t expecting Celine Demon. But wait, you are dabbling again in areas very Un-uchujin…are you sure you want to do this? To prove yourself able and ready to shoot any and every thing out there? Music photographers are a notoriously bitchy lot known to borrow lenses, steal cans of crappy beer and totally bogart the roach, brah…don’t say you weren’t warned.

  • Geek up your ass indeed. Great little story and great shots. Nice coverage. I’m sure they will be pretty impressed with them also.

  • Nice set of images, I`ve done some gig photography in a totally unprofessional way and it is hard, the lighting is difficult but these shots, if you`ll excuse the pun, rock!!
    Damon

  • Rawk out with your cock out!