Monday, February 1, 2010

Azarashi

You'd be hard pressed to find a cooler looking band than Azarashi. I am also quite fond of their angular, spastic, ADD post-punk visual kei yakuza glam thrash. I think this band is somehow related to the seminal Japanese Punk band, The Stalin. I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time.



16 comments:

Moz said...

Woah...I expected these guys to be awful but this is actually pretty rad. Not what I tend to expect from a "visual kei" band

ido said...

Really love these guys. The sort of remind me of Maruo characters come to life. They aren't directly related to The Stalin, more influenced by than anything else. One of the more bizarre punk bands around. Nice and vicious.

Chairmaker said...

Good album. These guys describe their look / aesthetics as 'Showa Romanticism' (the Showa era ran 1925-89 and is the current target of much nostalgia and revivalism in design, music etc...). As far as I know the Stalin connection seems to only extend to their name.

Also, you probably already know them but if early-80's-revival Japanese punk is your thing you should check out the Crow-fronted Kaiboushitsu (also named for a Stalin song).

TMM said...

The Stalin do have a song titled Azarashi.

Jerry Orbach said...

Awesome. Love The Stalin but have never heard this before. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

this really reminds me of the lunachicks. really good

Aesop said...

Thanks for filling in some blanks about this band, y'all.

Darren said...

cheers. downloaded the other day and forgot to say thanks, so THANK YOU! I'm not big on visual kei, but this I really enjoy

Anonymous said...

That was a really good listen. Kind of reminded vaguely of the Flower Travellin' Band. Wonder what happened to them?

Aesop said...

FTB is still going strong.

ArnoldPaole said...

I Love Japan. They Are The Most Extreme. And You Always Bring Me Into New And Exciting Music From The Most Exciting Country. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I downloaded this a few days ago but just now listened to it - it's amazing! Usually I dig the j-punk stuff cause it's all skronk and squeal but this is so focused and purposeful! It reminds me of Philly's Red Devil (RIP) and the singer sounds a good bit like Ivy too...

Anonymous said...

Great stuff, do you know where I can find the rest of their material?

prowler said...

holy crap this rules. i too would appreciate more of their stuff.

dreambrother said...

this album has become very dear to me, as it completely rips shit! thanks dude.

Anonymous said...

Loving it, cheers for all the obscure Japanese stuff.

You ever come across a Japanese viking black metal band called Crifotoure Satanarda? I think they were from Nagasaki... released one hell of a demo with horrifically hilarious keyboards and that was it, I think. :( It's out there on the blogs.