buttonMelt-Banana @ Yokohama Club 24 (9th July '06)

Melting Everything In Their Path

      At half past eight a barrage of guitar noise began to drown out the heavy dance beats at Club 24. All heads turned towards the stage as Melt-Banana made their way out of the darkness. With his face hidden behind his trademark surgical mask, guitarist Agata began to play the intro to "Shield For Your Eyes, A Beast In The Well On Your Hand" from 2003's awesome Cell-Scape. Singer Yasuko O. lowered her head and methodically paced back and forth like a tiger ready to pounce as the intensity level in the blistering track increased. A small mosh pit erupted as she raised her mic and delivered her first bout of feverish, high-pitched wails. Flashing, multi-coloured shapes and images sped across a video screen behind the band, making the song's already extreme impact much more powerful.

      Having spent almost a decade and a half shredding eardrums across Asia, Europe, and North America, Melt-Banana have little trouble driving audiences to the brink of insanity with their chaotic, twisted mix of punk, hardcore, and electronica. Tonight was no different.

      While the last few years have seen the Tokyo quartet focusing primarily on Cell-Scape during live performances, their Club 24 gig saw them digging into their brilliant back catalogue. Vintage cuts such as "Sick Zip Everywhere" from 1996's Scratch Or Stitch and "F.D.C. For Short" from 1998's Charlie sent the mid-sized, exuberant crowd into near hysterics as they wildly bounced and screamed along to the fast-paced schizophrenic sounds..

      There was no time for rest as the band blasted through a dozen songs in just over a half hour. With Yasuko O.'s voice reserved solely for spitting out lyrics at break-neck speeds, banter was kept to a minimum. Turning in extremely tight renditions of each track, all members exhibited remarkable skill and precision. Agata spun around wildly while pulling a mind-boggling array of noises from his guitar. The act's drummer and bassist Rika each pounded on their instruments with calculated fury. Yasuko O.'s animated, unique vocal stylings helped pull all the parts together, creating something truly fantastic.

      After ripping their way through Cell-Scape's "Key Is A Fact That A Cat Brings," Yasuko O. thanked the audience and Melt-Banana quickly disappeared as happy spectators tried to make sense of what they had just witnessed. The band have lined up concerts in Tokyo, Yamagata, Miyagi, Iwate, and Osaka in August. Possessing the ability to unleash a sonic assault like none other, if you're even the slightest fan of loud, fast music you should definitely check them out.

-- Set-list --

Shield For Your Eyes, A Beast In The Well On Your Hand/ Rragg/ Sick Zip Everywhere/ Circle-Jack (Chase The Magic Words, Lego Lego)/ Ether, Twisted/ Hair-Cat ('Cause The Wolf Is A Cat!)/ F.D.C. For Short/ A Hunter In The Rain To Cut The Neck Up In The Present Stage/ Mind Thief/ Lost Parts Stinging Me So Cold/ A Dreamer Who Is Too Weak To Face Up To/ Key Is A Fact That A Cat Brings

report by shawn

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buttonmag files : Melt-Banana

buttonMelting Everything In Their Path : (06/07/09 @ Yokohama Club 24 ) : review by shawn
buttonphoto report : (06/01/24 @ Daikanyama Unit) : photos by izumikuma
buttonphoto report : (06/01/24 @ Daikanyama Unit) : photos by izumikuma
buttonphoto report : (05/09/10 @ Shinjuku Loft) : photos by hiroqui
buttonHalf Hour Of Power : (05/09/10 @ Shinjuku Loft) : review by shawn
buttonphoto report : (04/02/29 @ Shibuya Club Quattro) : photos by izumikuma

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"13 Hedgehogs"
(国内盤 / US import)
Previous works

"Cell-Scape"(US import)
"Speak Squeak Creak"(国内盤 / US import)
"Teeny Shiny"(国内盤 / US import)
"MXBX 1998: 13,000 Miles at Light Velocity "(
UK import
"Scratch or Stitch "(US import)

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