button Soul Flower Union
@ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro (12th Jun '04)

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Soul Flower Union
Some bands play good music, and others play good shows; those that can manage both are worthy of our notice. Soul Flower Union proved itself such a posse at its June 12 concert at Club Quattro. This was a rollicking three-hour affair, reminiscent at times of The Pogues, and even of Springsteen, all the while grooving on a foundation of Japanese soul.
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SFU sometimes performs as a folkier incarnation called Mononoke Summit, but on this night the band was in full rock-out mode. The show was replete with loud dance tunes and successful grand gestures; the audience bopped and sang along from first note to last. Occasionally SFU mixed up the pace with longer jams, but, as is so often the case, these semi-rambling improvs proved less memorable that the punchy numbers.

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For Westerners in Japan cautious of attempting penetration into the Japanese music world, a Soul Flower Union show is splendid place to start. Though I have little command of Japanese and came to the show as a SFU neophyte, the universality of the music, the obvious enjoyment and professionalism of the band, and the community feeling of the crowd dispelled any reservations from the get-go. And because much of the band's music has an Irish heart, anyone who favors that green island's sound will quickly find comfort here.

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In terms of live performance, SFU isn't content merely to coast on a catalog of spirited songcraft. This band thinks about its physical impression on stage, and comes to work. At Quattro, sweat-drenched lead singer and main man Nakagawa-san energized partygoers with committed leadership and off-the-cuff cheery banter. A sense of organized chaos native to all good rock 'n' roll ruled the night.
Soul Flower Union SFU's musicianship was tight, featuring a particularly kickass bass. A parade of instruments went to and fro throughout the evening, and the band pulled off a variety of styles without forcing anything. The rhythm section was confident and reassuring throughout, under girding the operation to provide a sense of discipline and consistency.Overall, a ripping show, not to mention, at several thousand yen less than foreign acts charge, great value for money.
report by jab and photo by yegg
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The latest single :

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" 極東戦線異状なし!?"

11 tracks single???
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" シャローム・サラーム"

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