Melt Banana - Classic or Dud?

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Dunno if this has already been done, but - Melt Banana are just one of the best rock bands on the planet now, IMO. They sound like thrash punk from the year 2030 or something. So obviously, I think they are classic. But who cares what I think? Over to you.

Chris Lyons, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

New spathic answers

Chris Lyons, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh dammit there's an old thread where Dave Q nailed this (him talking about the whole of this style of Jap-rock, which I don't go as far as). I get nothing out of them at all - they seem tiresome and obtuse to me. Mind you I've not heard anything since 'Scratch or Stitch' way back when so maybe they've changed.

Tom, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Here we are.

Tom, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I once saw Melt Banana play in a transvestite bar called the Blue Flamingo in Austin, Texas. The club where they were supposed to play (EMOS) had double booked, so they had to move next door. The club was the size a large kitchen. They set up in the corner of the bar (no stage, just the corner). I got up on a side ledge, with my head pressed up against the ceiling. Let me tell you a little somethin' somethin'......I've seen lots and lots of shows, and that particular show was the most motherfucking incredibly beautiful sonic assault on your senses I've ever experienced. The perfect hybrid of fuck-you punk rock, teeth melting noise, and on-time syncopation. And it was obvious that every person there, who could get in, realized how incredible that event was.

So Melt Banana is great. Really really great. And they're nice people, too.

Gage-o, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

And it was obvious that every person there, who could get in, realized how incredible that event was.

I saw them open for Mr. Bungle, and experienced a similar phenomenon. I detect a little chaotic-rock hating here. Too bad, because I'm sure they like Britney too. :)

dleone, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think you're right. The ideas of tiny shows and "fuck-you punk rock" and "sonic assault" by and large disgust me these days.

Tom, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"fuck-you punk rock" and "sonic assault"

The second point is probably a given, but on the first I would disagree. MB aren't really a fuck-you band, in the way early Boredoms might have been. For the most part, they're sort of happy- go-lucky, AFIK, and lyrics are nothing if not cute, in a broken beat poetry kind of way.

dleone, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"cute" and "beat poetry" also repulse me. I'm all about the disgust today, sorry.

Tom, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I had the "Cactus" one but eventually sold it; just not the sort of thing I would listen to much. It's like, I'm glad it's out there, but I just can't connect. The more extreme Japanese stuff I like is a lot less punk and more hippy and/or avante-garde. Are the other MB records considerably different?

Mark, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Works for me, but I don't take that as a sign of absolute quality, since it's not a genre I dig into very heavily. I'm surprised, though, that anyone could like Kid 606 and not like Melt-Banana. Same principles, different contexts.

Nitsuh, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My favourite kid 606 stuff is the NWA remix and PS I Love You - both quite different principles from M-B I think. Besides the textures are completely different surely.

Tom, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, _Cactuses Come In the Flocks_ is early, not-fully-formed stuff-- they're still sort of finding their feet. My favorite is _MxBx 1998 13,000 Miles at Light Velocity_, their live album, which shreds _and_ is completely charming (there's an insane blurt of noise near the end that gradually resolves itself into a M-B-ified "Surfin' USA"). Also fond of _Scratch or Stitch_. The two more recent studio albums are inconsistent, but the high points are very high--"Lost in Mirror," on _Teeny Shiny_, is pretty incredible, and "Free the Bee" is almost a pop song. When's there gonna be a singles comp?

They are one of the best live bands I've ever seen--tighter than a mosquito's tweeter, and aggressive in a _joyful_ way that few bands can pull off. Plus, they're really fun to watch. And their T-shirts are totally ace.

Douglas, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Are the other MB records considerably different?

Yes and no: they sound a lot better (especially Charlie), but the basic idea is the same. MB are pretty consistent.

dleone, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

both quite different principles from M-B I think. Besides the textures are completely different surely

Yes on the textures, obviously. I get basically the same agenda from both, though: gleeful stop-start spurts of chaotic scree, dropping into recognizable grooves every so often, then just as quickly dissolving into bash and clatter. And then they both have Mike Patton guest. Hmm ... if only Patton could introduce them and get a Fishtank project going ...

Anyway, I think what I'm thinking is that Melt-Banana tugs the rock template in sort of the same logistical directions that Kid 606 digs electronics.

Nitsuh, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, but PS I Love You is nothing like that, really, and the NWA is so exciting because it's doing that to an existing template. The Kid606 work that does adhere to the stop-start principles I find fun for the textures sometimes but I can't get anything else from it. The basic problem with the concept of M-B stop-start is that it's using the idea of surprise in an unsurprising way (or "heard one, heard them all" to put it less high-falutin'ly).

Tom, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I should really buy PS I Love You, then. My commentary's based mainly on Down with the Scene.

Nitsuh, Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised, though, that anyone could like Kid 606 and not like Melt-Banana. Same principles, different contexts.

Nitsuh, you answered your own question! ;-)

Clarke B., Tuesday, 11 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I meant "fuck you punk rock" like as in intensity. Punk rock that shakes your bones. Not like Punk Rock that you put in Car Commercials.

And I did say they were nice folk.

Gage-o, Friday, 14 December 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
I just saw them tonight, and geez was it classic. The best Japanese noise band I've seen. THe guitarist was crazy, crazy good!

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 05:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Absolutely, mind-numbingly good live. At the Boston show last month they already had me floored, when they suddenly pulled out their cover of My Generation. I've been a Who fan since the late 70s, but that was the best rendition I've ever heard. If you don't like convultion-speed punk, obviously you're not going to like them. If you do, they're one of the best examples of the genre.

Dave Fischer, Tuesday, 19 November 2002 06:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Just saw them last night at the Knitting Factory and DAMN classic all the way for making grindcore pop songs a reality.

original bgm, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 17:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

THE COVER OF THE SPECIALS' "MONKEY MAN" = BEST SKA COVER EVER!!!

Jonathan Williams (ex machina), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 17:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it's funny, the 2nd time i saw them the crowd was so mesmerized (or confused) that no one moved a muscle for the entire show it seemed. i wonder what the band thought.

gygax!, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 17:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, there wasn't much movement at the show last night either. Though, the crowd DID errupt when MB went into "Free the Bee". The Teeny Shiny songs work much better live, I'm thinking.

original bgm, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 18:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. Wonderful. They put on some of the best shows I've ever seen. My girlfriend hates them, though. Dragging her to a Melt-Banana show leaves me open to weeks of naggy guilt-tripping. It's worth it. That said, listening to their records always feels like I'm vainly trying to recapture the live experience, not enjoying them as music.

adam (adam), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 18:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"there wasn't much movement at the show last night either"

I've never been to a Knitting Factory show where there has been lots of movement. The Philadelphia crowds are always more fun and exciting. Having said that, Mondays show had the crowd going crazy the whole time. They did 3 encores, and people were still chanting for more.

A Nairn (moretap), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 18:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

classic if only for that superbly wonky-assed intro tape as featured on "cactuses... & pigeons on my eyes (which once again is the stretchheads!(or may as well be)

bob snoom, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 20:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Wasn't much movement"? Where were you? I was on the fringes of the PIT. Yes, a mosh pit at the Knitting Factory. That doesn't happen very often.

They were great last night, but better six weeks ago. I told my friend (who'd never seen them before) "they've been on tour for six weeks straight, so they seem a little low-energy." She turned and boggled at me. They did rev up all the way for the encore, though, inc. "My Generation." And I think my friend may be going to see them again in Montclair, NJ tonight.

Douglas, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 20:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Wasn't much movement"? Where were you? I was on the fringes of the PIT. Yes, a mosh pit at the Knitting Factory. That doesn't happen very often.

Well, if you're going to go and compare things to the average enthusiasm of a Knitting Factory show, sure, things got intense. Bigger pit than at the Low show, even! But compared to what I was expecting for a MB show...

original bgm, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 21:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Their ongoing refusal to come through Iowa chafes me utterly.

J0hn Darn13ll3 (J0hn Darn13ll3), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 21:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Opener MC Tracheotomy should be publicly castrated, also.

original bgm, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 21:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

MC Tracheotomy? is that a different from White Vulture. Maybe that name wasn't on the bill, but If it is the guy who called himself Puff Dada and had a white jumpsuit and did a cover of Ice Ice Baby, I agree.

A Nairn (moretap), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 23:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sounds like the same guy, tho I didn't stick around long enough for the Ice Ice Baby cover. And even if he isn't, it's a safe bet that they could both use a public castration!

original bgm, Thursday, 21 November 2002 05:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'll second the Live album as being their best; although Charlie has some varied textures and interesting production. One of the best bands I have seen live, but their new drummer (maybe he was just there for this tour?) can't hack it.

Ryan McKay, Thursday, 21 November 2002 05:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What? You talkin' about grind superstar Dave Witte? Listen to his Discordance Axis album, man! WHOOSH.

original bgm, Thursday, 21 November 2002 05:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ok that "WHOOSH" was stupid even for me.

original bgm, Thursday, 21 November 2002 05:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Opener MC Tracheotomy should be publicly castrated, also.

This is URGENT AND KEY.

adam (adam), Thursday, 21 November 2002 06:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Tracheotomy sucks. If he *had* a tracheotomy and sang through it, *maybe* he'd be bareable, but....

Dave Fischer, Thursday, 21 November 2002 10:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have one of the records he did with Human Remains (maybe the only one they put out?), and his contribution is admirable. Still, he simply could not keep up with Melt Banana; nor did he have anything near the time-keeping/dynamic/propulsive abilities of Oshima. His attempts at Charlie-era material were painful to those who saw Oshima in action. Witte was pretty good I suppose, but he didn't have the inhuman capabilities of his predecessors. Even at his most energetic, he made a lot of their songs come across as being sloppy, even sluggish.

Ryan McKay, Friday, 22 November 2002 04:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He was like a machine when I saw them.

Dave Fischer, Friday, 22 November 2002 04:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ditto

original bgm, Friday, 22 November 2002 05:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
Revive for Cell-Scape love! I think it's their best album yet— they continue to dial back the all-out thrash a bit and play things that I'm able to recognize as riffs and melodies. And Agata's guitar sound just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

Nick Mirov (nick), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 17:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Their show in Denton on Friday was the bee's knees. God help anyone caught in the middle of that crowd though.

dleone (dleone), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 18:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not too hot on Cell-Scape, though I haven't listened that much. Some of the electronics are so cheezy, and not in a good way. I love Melt Banana, though now that I'm into more noise rock stuff, I'm not quite as blown away. But I still hero-worship their guitarist.

NA. (Nick A.), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 18:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
http://www.parkcity.ne.jp/~mltbanan/USA_tour.htm

Uk please also thx

itchy bits (itchy bits), Monday, 28 February 2005 00:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
In answer to my question above: there is NOW a singles compilation! "13 Hedgehogs," it's called--the "Hedgehog," "It's In the Pillcase," "$10 a Pile," "Wedge" and "Dead Spex" singles, and their sides of the split EPs with God Is My Co-Pilot, Discordance Axis, Pencilneck, Target Shoppers, Stilluppsteypa, Plainfield, Xerobot and Killout Trash. 56 songs in all.

Saw 'em tonight at Dante's in Portland--as always "RRAGG" was the third song they played--I somehow think that's kind of hilarious. (Maybe it's because they also like looking at the crowd right after it to see who's never seen them before, because they're the people who have expressions on their faces like "did they just do that?") They also pulled out a cover of Devo's "Uncontrollable Urge." If there's a guitarist who uses pedals more expressively these days than Agata, I don't know who it would be. And I am very sure there's not a better English-language lyricist whose native language isn't English than Yasuko Onuki.

Douglas (Douglas), Sunday, 15 May 2005 07:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Cell-scape is awesome!

latebloomer: the rebel sound of grits and bacon (latebloomer), Sunday, 15 May 2005 07:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i saw them on my birthday a year or so ago. best show EVAH.

nathalie's baby (stevie nixed), Sunday, 15 May 2005 08:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Tom you should have read some of their website back in 1996 or whatever. I've never knowingly actually heard them but it was some of the best shit I'd ever read. It made me want to hear them so bad. I may have been unconsciously avoiding them ever since because I was afraid to ruin what their promo material had provoked in my imagination.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Sunday, 15 May 2005 08:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

last time was just overwhelming really. i spotted the poster in a shop window today from the top deck of the bus and our Joel couldn't understand why I was getting so excitable until we got home and I played him some Cellscape.

e.e. cummingstonite (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 9 May 2009 21:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh, the hugs would all be affectionate, but one would be laced with more than a twinge of outright adoration, were i the hugger, just sayin'

cellscape is massive but christ almighty it barely prepares you...even being told that they replicate EVERYTHING live isn't quite enough...they're like some sort of tidal wave

sorry for british (country matters), Saturday, 9 May 2009 21:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

i have an awesome us maple/melt banana poster that says minneapolis is in michigan

Domm P))) (M@tt He1ges0n), Saturday, 9 May 2009 22:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

That was better than last time, if anything. Dunno if the stage divers* added anything.

*Strictly speaking you can't dive from the Adelphi stage. It's more about clambering upward and booting people in the ear.

Dom P's Rusty Nuts (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 14 May 2009 23:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

I hope I get to see them in Brighton on Monday.

warmsherry, Friday, 15 May 2009 00:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

How come no one on the internet has found or talked about the Saturday Night Live sketch from like 2001 where Horatio Sanz was Iann Robinsonn there was a japanese band called Crush Papaya featuring Poehler and Maya and them? And they played really short loud abrasive songs and then said all quiet.. "thankyoo."

Shouldn't that be like LOL OMG Noize D00d supermeme 4 alltime? But there's no trace of it anywhere on the internet :/

― Whiney G. Weingarten, Sunday, July 27, 2008 11:27 PM (9 months ago) Bookmark

THIS:

http://snl.jt.org/detail.php?i=2002040612

warmsherry, Friday, 15 May 2009 00:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

I hope I get to see them in Brighton on Monday.

Hey, I was there! So, so good. Too bad the guitar player has the swine flu.

Enemy Insects (NickB), Tuesday, 19 May 2009 18:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

New LP. "MELT BANANA - Lite Live Ver 0.0" . with added electronics.

http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=236333

oh, it's old songs (based on my sample of 3), done live, with synths.

koogs, Friday, 30 October 2009 13:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just been added to spotify, I'll hopefully give it a go tonight

http://open.spotify.com/album/5wxbpJgu7YrHSQqXh8gqeq

I'm Still Stanning (onimo), Wednesday, 11 November 2009 15:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

played Monkey Man by the specials last time i saw them. ruled.

Jamie_ATP, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 15:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Why have I never gotten into this band before? They're just incredible, and on tour:

http://www.myspace.com/AZAP
http://www.songkick.com/artists/152850-meltbanana/calendar

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 22 July 2011 18:03 (six years ago) Permalink

SO GOOD live

Trip Maker, Friday, 22 July 2011 18:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Melt Banana/Daughters(not so much)/Lightning Bolt still ranks in the best shows I've ever seen. That was about 7 years ago too.

kkern, Sunday, 24 July 2011 01:40 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

new lp

http://www.geocities.jp/azaplink/mb/mxbx.html

koogs, Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:59 (three years ago) Permalink

bah, frames

http://www.geocities.jp/azaplink/mb/i_az009.html

koogs, Tuesday, 10 September 2013 16:00 (three years ago) Permalink

whoa, geocities

so, who's in the band at this point?

original bgm, Tuesday, 10 September 2013 16:03 (three years ago) Permalink

just the two of them judging by the bit i just read.

sample here:
http://www.tinymixtapes.com/chocolate-grinder/premiere-melt-banana-the-hive

interview here:
http://ghettoblastermagazine.com/2013/from-the-horses-mouth-agata-and-yako-melt-banana-on-fetch/

north american tour dates:
http://www.geocities.jp/azaplink/mb/i_2013tour.html

koogs, Tuesday, 10 September 2013 16:12 (three years ago) Permalink

that new track ain't bad. sounds like melt banana alright.

original bgm, Tuesday, 10 September 2013 17:52 (three years ago) Permalink

Hooray, I was wondering when their next thing would be out

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 13 September 2013 17:27 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

whole album streaming:
http://www.spin.com/articles/melt-banana-fetch-a-zap-records-interview-album-stream/

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 28 September 2013 19:04 (three years ago) Permalink

"now touring as a Sparks-gone-grindcore spazz-pop duo"

Aw... I'll miss the rhythm section. The bassist was great and I saw them with their original drummer and also with Dave Witte filling in. Always a great show.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 28 September 2013 22:11 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

everyone's on the internet are saying the album is great.

now i say that too.

nostormo, Thursday, 24 October 2013 17:34 (three years ago) Permalink

this album reminding how much Marnie Stern owes to MB. Not even sure it's a conscious thing w her, but so much of this sounds like tighter, no-nonsense (and less pop, but that's not really where I'm going w this) takes on what she does

Dominique, Thursday, 24 October 2013 18:37 (three years ago) Permalink

how is the show these days? missed the gig last night due to my car getting towed and being overdrawn, so somebody say they are not as good in 2k13, thx

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 24 October 2013 18:42 (three years ago) Permalink

they are not as good in 2k13, thx

(never saw them, just to make you feel better)

nostormo, Thursday, 24 October 2013 20:05 (three years ago) Permalink

I've seen them about ten times over the yrs and last night, while certainly different, was still great and as awe-inspiring in its way as the "classic" line-up. It was insanely loud, almost too loud, approaching Sunn-levels. When I read about "crazy" dance music or electronic music or what have you, it never sounds particularly crazy or intense to but MB was very crazy and intense last night.

Glad I went.

chr1sb3singer, Thursday, 24 October 2013 20:35 (three years ago) Permalink

I can confirm that they are brainblastingly good in 2K13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66nVdjVHs48&hd=1

a hard dom is good to find (Edward III), Sunday, 3 November 2013 09:23 (three years ago) Permalink

Nice clip! I'm excited to see them for the first time this week.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 3 November 2013 13:04 (three years ago) Permalink

that was like the 3rd and 4th song of the set, things got crazier from there. kind of impressed with a vocalist and guitarist keeping up that kind of energy level over an entire set with just backing tracks.

a hard dom is good to find (Edward III), Sunday, 3 November 2013 16:49 (three years ago) Permalink

My first show is tonight. Got roped into working the door but it still should be amazing. And now free!

EZ Snappin, Friday, 8 November 2013 23:55 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Just bought the new album and it sounds great but I probably missed a tour? Did they come to glasgow last year?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:05 (three years ago) Permalink

don't think they've played in the uk in the last 3 or 4 years or so

they are playing london in may though.

koogs, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:39 (three years ago) Permalink

can't remember if i missed them last time or not - haven't heard the duo stuff, don't know if i fancy seeing them in that format

rock nobster (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:40 (three years ago) Permalink

They're touring over there soon.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:46 (three years ago) Permalink

london date, 28th may 2014: https://babayaga.ticketabc.com/events/baba-yagas-hut-pr-20/

koogs, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 15:00 (three years ago) Permalink

Played Supersonic in 2012, I think? Set of two halves, first set was in the style which has ended up being 'new' Melt-Banana, and second set was the full band 'old' Melt-Banana.

Ian Glasper's trapped in a scone (aldo), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:57 (three years ago) Permalink

Forget that, must have been an earlier year than that because they played in the pool.

Ian Glasper's trapped in a scone (aldo), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:59 (three years ago) Permalink

2014
20/05 Colchester Arts Centre
21/05 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
22/05 Glasgow Mono
23/05 Newcastle Cluny 2
24/05 Manchester Fat Out Festival
25/05 Birmingham Rainbow Warehouse
27/05 Sheffield Queens Social Club
28/05 London Heaven
29/05 Norwich Arts Centre
30/05 Bristol Fleece
31/05 Cambridge Portland Arms
01/06 Southampton Joiners
02/06 Brighton Green Door Store

koogs, Saturday, 1 February 2014 12:59 (three years ago) Permalink

(from facebook)

koogs, Saturday, 1 February 2014 12:59 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Finished listening to the album. It might be the best one I've heard yet (still need 3 or 4 of the early albums) but definitely the most consistent I've heard, quite a bit heavier I'd say. Really brilliant.

Bought a ticket to their upcoming show. It will be my second time.

Does anyone sit and read the lyrics? Really difficult to follow.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 8 March 2014 22:04 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"Candy Gun" showed up in my Spotify discover playlist, thank you for introducing me, Spotify.

:wq (Leee), Monday, 3 August 2015 22:07 (two years ago) Permalink

that may be my least favorite song on fetch but it's still great!

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 4 August 2015 01:26 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Woot!

Saw melt Banana at the garage with DJ scotch egg. Always meant to catch then again. That was 2005 but tonight is the night.

They are doing their own merch. They scare me, slightly.

koogs, Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:31 (two months ago) Permalink

are they still playing as a duo?

sleeve, Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:49 (two months ago) Permalink

xp I also saw Melt-Banana at the Garage in 2005 but it was the other night with Narcosis/I'm Being Good/Bullet Union. I saw them a few years ago as a duo around the time Fetch came out. Think that was the 3rd time I saw them? Was thinking of going to see them in Brighton on this tour but timing wasn't good.

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 15 June 2017 22:08 (two months ago) Permalink

it's so hot my banana definitely feels like it's melting today

i n f i n i t y (∞), Thursday, 15 June 2017 22:09 (two months ago) Permalink

xp to self in fact this is documented upthread back in 2005

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 15 June 2017 22:11 (two months ago) Permalink

just the two of them, yes. agata with the facemask and guitar and yasuko doing everything else via midi(?) and that controller thing she uses (one-handed) that looks like a playstation portable.

they were loud and bright and pixel perfect again last night but something didn't click for me and i was paying less attention to what they were doing than to how they were doing it. and the obvious hard work they've put in and all the practice (neither put a beat wrong) just detracted somehow. the 300 other people there seemed to be really into it though.

they were on the merch desk until the support band finished and then spent the interval sorting out their own gear. a minute after they finished agata was back on the desk and yasuko was breaking her stuff down. made me wonder whether the entire tour was just the two of them doing everything on their own (and how lonely that would be).

koogs, Friday, 16 June 2017 09:08 (two months ago) Permalink

(it's a Numark Orbit - https://www.facebook.com/NumarkOrbit/posts/638933552825050 )

koogs, Friday, 16 June 2017 09:11 (two months ago) Permalink


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