Kobe & Kyoto Gig Report

Last weekend (12-14th) we packed our sacks and made our way up to Kansai on the overnight bus to do our 'thang' in Kobe and Kyoto. The bus was pretty good as well as cheap although you do get in rather early but it gave us a good excuse to have a huge buffet breakfast or 'viking' as it is known in Japanamese.

Our first gig was in Kobe at a livehouse called Varit. We were rather surprised to find out that we were to be the first band on of the night. Something that we thought was rather unfair as we had traveled so far and definitely not the norm for a touring band. Still.... it came to stage time and surprise surprise, nobody there. We figured the owner must have been feeling pretty bad at this point as the start time was postponed. Miraculously, in those extra fifteen minutes a decent crowd had filled in and we were ready to go. We played well, the sound was good and although I (Dai) made a few mistakes it went very well. We were followed by The Keys who were kind of like the Bluetones, then the Bawdies which are some kind of Fifties rock n' roll' copy band (very amusing) and then Charlie Brown and the Baseball team from Tokyo who are a great party band. We shifted quite a few CDs and downed more than our fair share of beers and it was a good night all in all. We kipped at Kobe Sauna which we recommend to anyone... brilliant capsule hotel.

Next day we made our way over to Kyoto to play at Kyoto Muse. I really enjoyed the trip over. It was a sunny day and we were sitting right up at the front of this beautiful old train with a view right up the tracks when our driver smashed straight into a swarming hive of bees. Soooooo coooooool. The window was smattered with twitching bee juice. (I killed a whole bee hive with my cousin Matt once)
Anyway, Kyoto Muse. What a great venue. Fantastic. Huge and cool. I couldn't get the amp right that day but again I think it went well and we played with bands that were more 'our style' which was refreshing. We played with Nanbanjin to Russia (coincidence eh!?), 5 count explosion, Reco. who we thought we were great, kind of slowcore edgy.....and the Chairs who we liked too, like a young Quluri. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the last band 'Chromatic Tails (good name) as we had to catch the dreaded night bus back to Nakatsu to get to work on time but thoroughly nice guys.

Thank you Kobe and Kyoto. See you again soon xxxx