button BOOM BOOM SATELLITES @ Shibuya AX (29th Apr '05)

The Little Things

Using dozens of sheets of wrinkled plastic, Boom Boom Satellites managed to turn Shibuya AX's massive performance area into a much smaller, intimate space. Tarps were draped along the sides, top, and back of the stage framing the band and giving the appearance of a really cool, live action diorama.
bbs Sauntering out just after 7 pm, the Tokyo group's electro-pop goodness had the capacity crowd grooving up a storm throughout their 15 song set. A barrage of blinding strobe lights ushered in "Rise And Fall", the lead-off track from the recently released Full Of Elevating Pleasures. Masayuki Nakano bounced along to the electrifying beats being created with his sequencer and several other gadgets. Meanwhile, his partner in crime, guitarist Michiyuki Kawashima, filled the room with his effect enhanced vocals.

Focusing on Full Of Elevating Pleasures, Nakano, Kawashima, and drummer Naoki Hirai showcased the energetic and innovative musical stylings that have helped establish Boom Boom Satellites as one of the top acts in Japan. Mixing elements of drum and bass, electronica, house, pop, rock, and punk together to form an intoxicating and highly danceable sound, the band had little problem winning over the legions of exuberant fans packed into the venue.

Although each of the epic tracks was well received, "Let It All Come Down" and "Fogbound" stood out from the rest. After a long bout of heavy dance music, the psychedelic, brit-poppish "Let It All Come Down" provided a nice change of pace and allowed the sweaty masses to cool down for a few moments. "Fogbound" saw Nakano and Hirai being masked under a thick haze of flashbulbs as they worked with their respective instruments. Kawashima, who had disappeared backstage for a few moments, re-emerged about half way through the number. His guitar playing added impressive sonic diversity to the fantastic rave-like environment being created by his bandmates.
Having performed in countless clubs and at many large scale domestic and international events such as Fuji Rock, Summersonic, and the legendary Glastonbury festival, few would question the group's abilities in a live setting. While the band was in top form as they ripped through their electro-infused show, it was the little things that elevated their performance. Nakano walking to the front of the stage to cheer and dance along with attendees during "Fogbound", the draped off stage which looked almost like the band was being surrounded by aluminium foil, and a brilliant live show are just a few of the items that helped boost the overall intensity of the concert, making it much more memorable for all involved.

After selling out both the Liquid Room and Shibuya AX, a third Tokyo date has been added to end Boom Boom Satellites current round of gigs. The show will be taking place on May 19 at the Liquid Room in Ebisu. It'll be interesting to see what extra things the group adds to their set to complement their awesome musical skills and ensure that the "Elevating Pleasures" tour wraps up on a high note.

-- set list --

Rise And Fall/ Ride On/ Dead Shot/ Dive For You/ Spine/ Let It All Come Down/ Rout For Exile/ Back In The Night/ Under Dog/ Fogbound/ Moment I Count/ Dig The New Breed/ Dress Like An Angel/ Light My Fire/ Ghost And Shell

report by shawn and photo by saya38

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buttonmag files : Boom Boom Satellites

buttonThe Little Things (05/04/29 @ Shibuya AX) : review by shawn, photo by saya38
button楽しみはこれから (05/04/29 @ Shibuya AX) : review by nob, photo by saya38
buttonphoto report (05/04/29 @ Shibuya AX) : photo by saya38
buttonAn Ongoing 8 Year-Old Reality Of Superfluous Elevating Pleasures... Boom Boom Satellites Christen Their Latest Most Welcomed Hedonistic Chapter (05/04/07 @ Ebisu Liquidroom) : review by michael
buttonこれはロックンロールですよ (04/11/30 @ Daikanyama UNIT) : review by joe, photo by saya38
button「コンピュータが作った音」なんて存在しない (03/12/24 @ Shibuya Club Quattro) : review by nob, photo by hiroqui
button音楽による未体験ゾーンでの戯れ.. (03/12/22 @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro) : review by nob, photo by hiroqui

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the latest album


previous works


(US import / UK import / 国内盤)

"Spine" (MAXI)
"アップルシード オリジナル・サウンドトラック"(通常盤 / 限定盤)
"Sloughin'" (MAXI)
"On The Painted" (MAXI)
"On the Painted Desert" (US import)
" OUT LOUD" (国内盤, US import, UK import)
" Push Eject(MAXI)" (国内盤, UK import)
" ジョイライド"
" 7 Ignitions : Auto Rebirth" (UK import)

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buttonInterview : Insanely Brilliant : Les Savy Fav (30th Apr.)
buttonOrganized Chaos : Shibusa Shirazu (17th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonSocially Aware And Ready To Party : Asian Dub Foundation w/African Head Charge (10th Apr. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonNice And Simple : Jimmy Eat World (4th Apr. @ Shibuya O-East)
buttonNothing A Few Sweets Couldn't Fix : Lemon Jelly (29th Mar. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonGroove Is In The Heart : Tabla Kwaiesa (6th Mar. @ Yokohama Silk Road Buto-Kan)
buttonInterview : Constantly Evolving : 90 Day Men (13th Mar)
buttonIt's Party Time! : The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Benevento/Russo Duo (28th Feb @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonWeekly Service : The Chemical Brothers (12th Feb @ Shibuya AX)
buttonTattoos and a Whole Lotta Hair : EXTREME THE DOJO Vol.12 feat. Every time I Die, As I Lay Dying and Shadows Fall (7th Feb @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonGeography At Its Best : ISIS (5th Feb @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonTo The Extreme : The Shins (31st Jan @ Harajuku Astro Hall)
buttonCD review : "Panopticon" : Isis (27th Jan)
buttonWinter Be Damned : Ash (17th Jan @ Shibuya AX)
buttonInterview : Peaceful, But Far From Quiet : Mono (20th Jan)
buttonCD review : "The Nein" : The Nein (13th Jan)


buttonCD review : "Christmas" : Old Man Gloom (28th Dec)
buttonMusic Soothes the Savage Beast : eastern youth (20th Dec @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonAnd to all A Good Night : Shonen Knife (19th Dec @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonExciting Music for Exciting People : illreme (6th Dec @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonExpansive Rhythms : Tabla Kwaiesa (4th Dec @ Cozmo's Cafe and Bar)
buttonIt's In Their Hands Now : Franz Ferdinand (29th Nov @ Shibuya AX)
buttonLights, Camera, Action : Brahman (15th Nov @ Ebisu Liquidroom)
buttonMostly Business : The Stills (8th Nov @ Ebisu Liquidroom)
buttonScare The Rock Right Outta Ya : Halloween Ball 2004 feat . The 5,6,7,8's, Gasoline, The Woggles (30th Oct @ Shiomkitazawa Shelter)
buttonThree More, Two More, and Take it to the Left : Hawaiian6/ Idol Punch (11th Oct @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonBusting Eardrums : Mogwai (5th Oct @ Ebisu Liquidroom AX )
buttonMedical Breakthrough : The Most Notorious Vol. 18 feat. Melt Banana and K.K. Null (25th Sept @ Shimokitazawa Shelter )
buttonGrey Skies Are Going To Clear Up... : HUSKING BEE (5th Sept @ Shibuya AX )
buttonno title : V∞REDOMS (8th Aug @ Ebisu Liquidroom )
buttonCD review : Andre Ethier With Christopher Sandes : Andre Ethier


buttonCause Music Must Be Magic : Mayor McCa (21st Dec @ The Casbah,Hamilton, Ontario )
buttonMake It a Double : EVANESCENCE (28th Jul @ Shinjuku AX)
buttonGetting Knifed in Tokyo : Shonen Knife / bloodthirsty butchers(12th Jul @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonHail Hail! Some of Japan's best come together to pay tribute to San Diego's finest : TRIBUTE TO ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT feat. John Speedo with Jet Boys, Retro Gretion, and KEMURI, (21st June '03 @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonThe Canucks are Coming! The Canucks are Coming! : Simple Plan & GOB (26th Apr @ Akasaka Blitz)
buttonno title : Banda Bassotti with Doberman, Oi Skall Mates & Rude Bones (12th May @ Kawasaki Club Citta)
buttonThe Enchanting Sounds of Summer : KEMURI (31st May @ Shinjuku ACB Hall)
buttonAbsolutely F**king Brilliant!! : The Coral (21st Apr @ Shinjuku Liquid Room)
buttonno title : Short Circuit w/ Asparagus (24th Mar @ Shibuya AX)

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