A 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.
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 :-)
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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