Cubismo Grafico Five with Sakerock
@ Liquidroom Ebisu (27th Aug '05)
"Some Cubismo Washed Down
With A Little Sake Always Makes For A Good Night"
Mayor McCa, a very talented performer and friend, once sang about how there was "nothing wrong with a liddabidda fun." His words rang true tonight as a pair of top-notch Japanese acts, Cubismo Grafico Five and Sakerock, went all out to ensure that everyone packed into Liquid Room had more that just a little bit of fun.|
Emerging onstage shortly before 8 p.m., Sakerock trombone player Daichi Ito instantly established himself as the main focal point in the group. Dressed in a safari outfit, he received a whole lot of chuckles as he bounded out after his bandmates. While the other three members of the group spent several moments adjusting their instruments, Ito used the opportunity to indulge in a few more comedic hi-jinks. He began by doing some extremely over-the-top stretches before picking up his trombone and pretending to try and figure out how it worked. The sold-out Japanese audience ate up each one of his antics, cheering and loudly laughing along.
Although he went to great lengths to make the crowd smile between songs, when it was time to play Ito and the rest of Sakerock were all business. Coming across like a hard-edged, instrumental lounge act, the quartet's fusion of jazz, pop, and rock had the bulk of attendees swaying back and forth. The tight set of somewhat serious music was nicely contrasted with the large amount of humour integrated into their performance. After each track Ito spent a few minutes talking and showcasing his stand-up skills. Pausing frequently to drink from a plastic thermos hung across his chest, he sang, cracked jokes, and flamboyantly pranced around with reckless abandon.
Cubismo Grafico Five were up next and did a great job of building upon the positive vibes established by Sakerock. Strolling onstage to Funkadelic's "Get Off Your Ass And Jam," the quintet soon broke out their own version of the song. Select members of the audience excitedly joined frontman Gakuji "Chiave" Matsuda while he repeatedly sang "Shit! Goddamn! Get off your ass and jam!" As the energy level in the venue rose, Matsuda picked up a sampler and bounced around while pushing its buttons. Meanwhile, both of the group's keyboardists took their instruments off their stands and lifted them over their heads while playing. Much to the delight of the already ecstatic crowd, without pausing the band launched into a cover of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back". This time the entire audience sang along as the charismatic Matsuda strutted back and forth.
With an opening that powerful, there was no possible way for Cubismo Grafico Five's own material to falter. Making good use of their 45 minute set, the group's soulful, electro-funk had the whole club bouncing along to their infectious tunes. Like Sakerock, the mood onstage was very light. Someone was brought out from the backstage area to answer questions from a laughing Matsuda before taking over guitar duties from 330 Mimio for half a song. The guitarist, obviously relishing the break, sipped wine as he walked around to see how the rest of his bandmates were making out. Keyboardist Syuta-Low "TGMX" Tagami and drummer Akira Tsuneoka used this chance to switch places and try out each others instruments for a bit. They changed back as 330 Mimio strapped his guitar on once again.
The show ended as strongly as it began. Part-way through their closing number, TGMX picked up his keyboard and jumped into the photo pit so that fans crowded up front could play along with him. The other keyboardist lifted his instrument high above his head as he continued to pound on the keys. Matsuda picked up his sampler again and jumped while toying with it. The sea of toothy grins and massive dance party onstage and below showed that just like McCa's excellent song about "a liddabidda fun" there ain't nothing wrong with having a whole lot of fun either.
report by shawn|
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