So on Saturday I worked in Miyoshi in the morning and then headed back to Okazaki for lunch and my second job of the day up by Higashi Koen. That job over, I ran home to get my stuff and hopped on a train back to Nagoya for
I'd never heard the Three Lights Down Kings before, and, unfortunately, my job ran late, so I had to miss at least half of them. Still, what I saw was awesome, and I'm totally psyched to check them out again at Freedom Nagoya 2012 this weekend.
Up next was Rookiez is Punk'D - it was my third time seeing them, and, as usual, they were amazing! Possibly even more amazing than usual, because they actually played "Eggmate of the Year," which is my favorite song by them.
They also played stuff from their new album coming out July 25 - I'll definitely be getting my hands on that.
Last up, REAL REACH! If you read about me seeing them at Sakae Spring 2012, you know how much I love them. They were, of course, amazing! And the guitarist is such a fast talker that it also managed, I think, to be good listening practice. Though there were still some things I didn't understand. :-(
They also had a new album out mid-June, and as soon as I have money again - yeah, it's totally mine.
So when the AMAZING concert ended, I met up with Steven and hopped on a night bus to Tokyo to spend the next day at
This was an all day outdoor music festival - it started at 10, and I didn't get home until about 9 PM. With a sunburn, despite the enormous amounts of sunblock I applied, and happiness from a full day of awesome music! In total, *23* bands! (would be 24, but I missed For A Reason while searching for water)
Let's do this by ratings:
BEST BAND OF THE DAY: Electric Summer
They were also the last band of the day.
It was super late, and I was super exhausted, so I was kind of hoping they would be bad, but when they came out with the singer dressed as a dragon and one of the dudes in a Devo hat, suddenly all of my energy came right back!
Sorry, my picture taking skills aren't the best.
Steven didn't like him because he said he didn't like the singer's voice. I totally loved the singer's voice. And everything else about them!
Now, let's do all the rest of the rankings as if Electric Summer weren't there.
BEST PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN BAND OF THE DAY: Tie between Mr. Jingles and S.M.N.
Both were totally punk rock and totally awesome, and I totally couldn't stop myself from dancing around like a crazy person the whole time!
I can't find a Mr. Jingles video. :-(
BEST PREVIOUSLY KNOWN BAND OF THE DAY: Secret 7 Line
Sure, I'd heard these guys before, but nothing could have prepared me for how awesome they were going to be live! They rocked some kind of hardcore!!
I really hope I get to see them again, to do a full live!
RUNNER UP FOR BEST PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN BAND OF THE DAY: Tie between TNX and St. Elmo's Fire
TNX is just plain ole punk rock, and they are awesome! They even did a cover of the Offspring's "What Happened to You?" While I've never been a huge Offspring fan, their version was awesome!
St. Elmo's Fire is a little harder, but still - just plain ole punk rock that makes pogo and head bang like it's nobody's business.
BAND I LOVED BUT WAS EXPECTING TO LOVE MORE: The Cherry Coke$
I saw them last year at Haziketemazare (which I apparently never wrote about - weird), and they were beyond awesome then! Celtic punk, in the vein of Flogging Molly. They were totally awesome this time as well, but for some reason, maybe because I was tired and sunburned and needing water, I had trouble getting into them as much as I thought I would.
Still, I highly recommend you check them out!
MOST SURPRISING THING: There were SO MANY PEOPLE WITH TATTOOS! When I first got to Japan, I knew that Japanese people don't get tattoos as much as westerners. Still, I though that might be different in the punk community. In Nagoya, though, you really just don't see them that often. So I was surprised.
I've been to punk fests now in Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo, and I DEFINITELY like the Nagoya atmosphere best. There's something almost innocent about it. It just feels like it fits me.
MOST HILARIOUS MOMENT: At one point, this guy climbed up to the top of one of the tall lamps and was hanging around and flying around like a monkey. Then he pulled his pants down and mooned the whole crowd. I tried to get out my camera to get a picture, but was unfortunately too late. :-(
OTHER PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN BANDS THAT WERE AWESOME: (with my notes I made at the concert written to the side)
Bassui - OKAY!
The Sensations - ska, good fun!
Skallheadz - great, fun!
Matter - Operation Ivy cover was totally awesome!
Buzz the Bears - quite good, but their sound seemed off. Think they could have been better.
Hakaihayabusa - alright
F.I.B. - water run during them, but what I heard was great!
OTHER PREVIOUSLY KNOWN BANDS THAT WERE AWESOME: (with my notes I made at the concert written to the side)
Dradnats - great!
Shank - yay!
Four Get Me A Nots - good, but not as good as I remembered
Country Yard - AWESOME!
BANDS THAT DIDN'T DO IT FOR ME: (with my notes I made at the concert written to the side)
Hardcore Fanclub - not my style
Velocity - voice a little too emo for me
Meaning - okay sometimes, but in general not really my style
Fight It Out - alright, but really too hard for me
A.O.W. - totally not my style
The next day I took the bus back to Nagoya in time for work. Crazy busy weekend of non-stop PUNK ROCK! I really just don't know if I could ask for anything more.