Sunday, August 30, 2009

DSB at Shinjuku DOM and interview

The first time I heard DSB would have been the "No Fight, No Get" 7" around ten years ago. Copies made it around over here since Wedge (Inmates/9 Shocks etc) had a hand in releasing it. Stand out thrash stuff, but I think they really found their power on the "Wings Continue To Strive..." LP (Bloodsucker) and the "Radical Sharp Shot" 7" (Overthrow). I saw them around that time in 2002 at Nishi-Ogikubo Watts. We arrived on a Saturday night, got right off the plane and went to Boy to see if anything was going on that night. We managed to find the live house after getting directions at what might have been a recording studio (???). Padlock played and we all bought copies of their demo (all the songs were redone on their first CD), Crossface played as well, and I think Colored Ricemen headlined, but we left after DSB to catch the last train. DSB started solid but gained momentum with every song and by halfway through the set were unstoppable. I didn't see them again until 2005 at Shinjuku DOM. I think this was sort of their come back show after the singer and bass player left. Yo took over vocals and Heat joined on second guitar, and for a couple years they had various friends fill in on bass. This time it was Kaoru from Assault, who was sadly killed in a motorcycle accident not long after. Having met him briefly and as a biker myself, this shook me up quite a bit, and it's still sad to think of. But back to the show, there was no telling that this was the first show with the new line up, they came out blazing (after using the Princess theme from Braveheart, which inspired my wife and I to use it in our wedding! But that's a whole 'nother story...).

I heard DSB had a limited tape for the Europe tour. What was this tape?
That's the rough track demo tape for the tour.  Ask another Andy(Sista sekunden,INSTIGATE record)

When is the "Useless System Abuse" record release?
We finished everything to do.  Just waiting.  Ask JIM(Vex records)

Your myspace says a split ep will be released. Who will it be with?
You'll know it soon.maybe out next month.  With the band from Denmark.  And they'll tour USA in October.

It sucks that you could not tour the USA. Will you ever try to play here again?
We wish to do that!!! do you know any tricks to come across the border without passport?  We're looking forward to hang out with some friends from USA at VARNING FROM MONTREAL,instead!  Be there!

(I told him I filmed a little of their set at Shinjuku DOM in April 2005, and asked him if I could put it up here)
Yeah,thats a important show for us.the first show with our firiend,KAORU. no problem upload videos on your blog.really interested in it!
DOM and Watts closed because of troubles with neighbor.they opened new houses called
EARTHDOM,Zone B.the guitar player of Assault started the band named should check it!


Monday, August 17, 2009

Paintbox "Trip, Trance, Traveling" CD

The long awaited third album from Paintbox, and sadly the last to feature Chelsea on guitar. I believe recording started in 2001 and the sessions also yielded the Cry of the Sheeps and ゲンセキ eps. A long saga of closed studios, incarceration, presumably nearly endless overdubs and orchestration, and finally Chelsea's passing in 2007 delayed its release until now. Its hard to believe that it has already been two years since his death. I was fortunate enough to see Paintbox for the first time at Shinjuku DOM in 2004, and they were one of the most technically proficient bands I've ever seen. It was almost weird seeing musicians of such high caliber playing in a basement punk club, but I think that part of what made Paintbox so special was that they didn't "progress" to playing jazz or heavy metal. Instead, they pushed the limits of their hardcore punk sound and explored freely which gave their music a depth few others can touch. At sixteen songs and over an hour, this record is a lot to take in and will definitely be one to go back to repeatedly as time goes by. Despite the length, it's very listenable. I like to think of it in four song blocks, as the upcoming double LP on Prank will probably be divided into. Each block has a previously released song re-recorded and these serve as familiar anchors to keep the listener from getting lost in uncharted territory. Whenever the frantic pace and trumpets and blazing, singing solos almost get to be too much, there is a more mellow song to bring things back down for a few minutes. I remember the final song (出発) being played over the PA at the end of the Chelsea memorial show in February 2008, and it has a feeling of excitement, uncertain future, and departure, a perfectly fitting end. These are first press copies in a nice mini gatefold with a big booklet. If the booklet gets blown up to full size for the LP, its going to be very cool, lots of pictures including many from their US shows.