so for anyone who cares, i’ll brief a small moment of this weekend. i met yumemi nemu, she instantly recognized my maltine shirt and we talked really briefly about the label and tomad (who she said would love my hat because it was seapunk). i asked if she knew of my music, and i gave her a cd. once she saw it and read the name she went “oh! meishi smile!” and i’m like VERY sure she knew who i was. anyways, another 2013 goal crossed off.
Yeah, definitely! They’re another one of those groups who I unfortunately don’t listen to as much as I used to, but they’re the first “true noise rock” band I got into. I just remember picking up Scratch or Stich at some dingy ass record store I had never been to and making my parents listen to it in the car. I was so happy the first time I got to see them live, I was like 15 or 16 and I got a picture with Agata and my pals, which may still be on an old hard drive somewhere… Agata was like my Kirk Hammett as a teen lol.
This is one of my favorite live videos from when I was listening to a lot of Japanese noise and experimental rock, something which I look back on and miss being so engulfed in. I think a lot of me just associates that period of time with a lot of loneliness and a lot of negativity, although the music is still so amazing.
I think groups like Gaseneta really embody a “rock” band for me, a sort of strange unfiltered chaos, yet there is still this binding, both rhythmically and even melodically for me. It’s absolute noise, but at the same time it’s really not. I guess that’s the sort of common explanation you’d hear for them and bands like say… Les Rallizes Denudes, High Rise, etc.. Those bands were rock bands, yet they pushed the limit into territories both aesthetically and musically that easily lumped them with a lot of common Japanese noise groups. I guess it takes similar appreciation to enjoy groups like this as well.
It’s really fun watching these videos, even from a standpoint where you aren’t a fan of such music. I used to show my friends videos like this all the time, along with Gero and Hijokaidan, just because they stir such immediate reaction. Even if they thought it was complete shit, they’d still enjoy watching it to some degree because I don’t think you can deny either the passion you see in videos like this, or the extreme adherence to ones own aesthetics and artistry.
Performances like this take an extreme amount of bravery and knowing oneself. It’s about knowing that your limits have no limits and separating the self that is perceived normally, and the self that is perceived through performance. The self that is perceived through performance is either nothing, or it’s everything. It’s complete regression, or complete realization.
You realize that you’re apart of yourself as much as you are apart of everything else that’s around you.
At least that’s how I used to feel when doing noise shows and whatnot. It’s a really unique feeling and I think everyone should engage in something like that. Not necessarily doing “noise” music, but being able to submit themselves to something where they’re able to reach a higher plane of self-conscious and realize that you don’t only make art, you feel it and perform it. The art is who you are.
I think watching videos like this are important because it lets you live vicariously a bit. You feel the energy just a bit, and you realize that what you see and what you hear right in front of you is very important.
One of the creepiest things that has ever happened to me that I still think about from time to time was around the time when people started to just use SoundCloud.
This person who had no followers, no history whatsoever, they sent me a remix that they did of one of my old ambient tracks.
It was really good actually, so I messaged them back telling them I was flattered. I had written out what I was going to say on a Facebook post, and then before I posted it, I glanced at my feed to see that somehow, under my username, the song had already been posted a minute ago, using a description in a tone similar to mine.
I’ve tried looking back for the person’s SoundCloud, but I recall it being deleted a few days later. The person would never respond to my messages either.
I’d want to think it was a joke, but there would’ve been no one back then who had an idea what my password is, or if they did, would’ve known of my ambient music since I didn’t really show that many people that, let alone people were musically inclined enough to do such a remix. Yeah.
During these few months
he hid his porn in his lincoln park cd