button Limited Express (Has Gone?)
@ Yoyogi Zher The Zoo (2nd Apr. '06)


      Too much modern music is boring and depressing. Music is meant to express a range of emotion, including sadness and anger, but it just seems like a big chunk of new mainstream music focuses only those two feelings. Thankfully bands like Limited Express (Has Gone?) are still around to entertain the masses with their energetic sounds.

Cave In      With a new drummer in place for the recently departed Koji Narazaki, the Kyoto trio tore through their half-hour performance with unabashed glee. Bassist Yukari and guitarist Jinichiro Iida set the tone early with big jumps, kicks, and a lot dancing. The small, appreciative audience followed suit, bouncing around and cheering the band on. With two acclaimed discs and a handful of singles full of splendid, angular, noisy pop to their credit, the act had little trouble finding enough quality material to present.

      Yukari handled the bulk of vocal duties with Iida joining in from time to time. When not singing, Iida unveiled a plethora of arena-worthy stage moves. He whipped his guitar around, shook his head, pumped his fist, and fell to his knees like a man possessed by some kind of wonderful punk demon. Constantly moving, Iida went so crazy that his glasses completely fogged up and stayed that way for the bulk of the concert. If that's not fucking rock n' roll, I don't know what is. His lack of vision didn't faze him. In fact, not being able to see seemed to make him get even more creative while twisting out Limited Express' unique sounds.

Cave In      Dressed in a vintage green dress and a pair of deadly, boxing style high-tops, Yukari was more than ready to match her bandmates' genki-ness. Singing in a high-pitched voice, her animated vocals added another level to the act's fiery indie rock. Possibly inspired by her apparel, she displayed footwork skills that would have made Ali proud. Equally impressive with or without her bass, her relentless enthusiasm and penchant for striking poses that begged to photographed made her a favourite of the Japanese audience.

With huge toothy grins across both of their faces there was no doubt that Iida and Yukari were having a ball. Their vigor and passion infected all the spectators in Zher The Zoo. After just 30 minutes with Limited Express it's easy to understand why they are so revered at home and abroad. In addition to being innovative and catchy, their music is most importantly loads and loads of fun. .

report and photos by shawn.
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The official site
Limited Express (Has Gone?)
- http://www.limited-ex.com/

the mini album

Limited Express (Has Gone?)

"生け贄のJesus Child"

the previous works

Limited Express (Has Gone?)

"Makes You Donce!"

"Experimental Express Explorer" (split with Experimental Dental School)
"Flowers of Error" (国内盤)
"Fine Time A Tribute to New Wave" (国内盤 - compilation)
"功夫少女 - カンフー・ガール - " (国内盤 MAXI)
"Feeds You! " (国内盤)

check the albums?



buttonFull CCCIIIRRRCCCLLLEEE : Cave In (25th Mar. @ Shibuya Club Asia)
buttonThe Perfect Storm : Mono (18th Mar. @ Shibuya O-Nest)
buttonSchool Of Rock : The White Stripes (6th Mar. @ Zepp Tokyo)
buttonFar From Extinct : Dinosaur Jr. (27th Feb. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonVintage Valentine : Showa Genroku Crazy Tangoku feat. Thee 50's High Teens, Salome no Kutibiru, The 50 Kaitens & The Captains (13th Feb. @ Shimokitazawa Club 251)
buttonWalk The Line : Afrirampo (29th Jan. @ Higashi Koenji UFO Club)
buttonEvery Girl's Crazy About A Sharp Dressed Man : Kaiser Chiefs (23rd Jan. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonAll That And Looks Too : Tristan Prettyman (22nd Jan. @ Shibuya AX)


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buttonBrothers In Arms : Bloodthirsty Butchers with +/- {Plus/Minus} (4th Dec. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonThis Is Rock N' Roll : Oasis (20th Nov. @ Yoyogi Daiichi Taiikukan)
buttonShake Your Rump : Rovo (5th Nov. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonMajestic Doves Battle Evil Spirits In Tokyo : Doves (30th Oct. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
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buttonNeeds To Be Seen To Be Believed : Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra (16th Oct. @ Yokohama Thumbs Up)
buttonShimmy Shimmy Ya : Zilli**Sweet Oriental Dance Show feat. Zilli, Eshe, Ken, Shinshi, and Mananbu (8th Oct. @ Shibuya Udagawa Cafe)
buttonSomething Old And Something New : Time Bomb Records 15th Aniversary Feat. Blind Beast (Thurston Moore+Jim O'Rourke+Yoshimi), The Evens (Ian MacKaye+Amy Farina) with Ruins alone, Tamio Inoue (18th Sept. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonHalf Hour Of Power : Punkrockers Bowl Vol.11 Feat. Razors Edge, Melt-Banana, Wrench (10th Sept. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonA Mind Is An Awesome Thing To Blow : Fantomas & Zu (5th Sept. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonWith A Little Sake Always Makes For A Good Night : Cubismo Grafico Five with Sakerock (27th Aug. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonCool Sounds From The Underground : "What's That Sound?" Feat. Four Tet, Caribou, Mugison (20th Aug. @ Laforet Museum Roppongi)
buttonExpect The Unexpected : Metalchicks with Kiiiiiii and Asa-Chang & Junrei (16th Jul. @ Shibuya Lush)
buttonAll The Young Dudes : Jude (10th Jun. @ Yokohama Blitz)
buttonThe Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades : Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden (6th Jun. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonThe Life Aquatic With Yo La Tengo : Yo La Tengo (28th May. @ Laforet Museum Roppongi)
buttonThe Little Things : Boom Boom Satellites (29th Apr. @ Shibuya AX)
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)
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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)

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