Eddie Japan own whatever stage they step on or floor they commandeer.
I hinted at it after their show at The Middle East Downstairs and I’ll say it clearly now: Parlour Bells’ new material is sounding tr… tr.. tr… What’s the word I’m looking for? Oh, right. Truly fantastic.
Goddamn Draculas were the most consistently great band of the 2014 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble. With the perfect mix of punch, polish, humor and harmonies, they left their mark. Goddamn Draculas are the 2014 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble champs! Everyone gets a hug!
This is Eddie Japan, one of the finest bands in the land. They write incredibly nuanced pop songs about the human condition. Their performances are inspired. Most importantly, they managed to fit eight people on the stage at Great Scott. OK, that’s not really the most important thing, but it is impressive.
P.S. – Eddie Japan is playing The Daykamp Poster & Photo Show Night #1 at TT’s in October. You should definitely check that out.
It’s no secret that Eddie Japan is one of my favorite bands in town. Their run in the 2013 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble showed exactly why that is. Their wasn’t a single moment during any one of their sets in the year’s event where I thought they were anywhere but at their best. From the songs to the showmanship, the folks in Eddie Japan refused to let each other down. This was their night. This was their year. Eddie Japan won the 2013 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble.
Synthy falsetto goodness! Space Cranes (aka Chis n Kate) have a single out called “Apricot One.” It sounds like The Bee Gees, Bananarama and Beck throwing a party in your basement.* This is the song that gets played a little later in the evening, when everybody’s head is spinning but no one is ready to call it a night. It’s a well crafted pop song with a mid-fi aesthetic.** The high-pitched vocals float along on top of a retro-syth drum beat and a slightly fuzzed out bass line. Throw in a distorto-freakout in the middle and a couple of heavily processed dialogue samples in the outro to put the whole thing over the top. I can’t wait to hear more.
Where to get it:
* Or maybe at Moe’s Lounge in Radio’s basement, where the duo can often be found holding court as part of the He Said She Said series.
** In that way it reminds me a bit of The Folk Implosion.
Did you know that Radio has a downstairs lounge? They do. Chris n Kate (from Kingsley Flood and Just Rice, respectively) were the first people to perform down there.
The first show in Radio’s other performance area was like hanging out in a basement with friends, drinking beer and listening to music. There’s wood paneling. It works.