|The ‘After-Show’ shot!|
We were invited down to play a local event at a small practice studio located just a few train stops from Yokohama Station. The show was hosted by our old friend and killer bassist Yuji, and his band mosimo. We first met Yuji and mosimo about four years ago at our very first show in Tokyo, although at that time Yuji was the bassist in another band. (The music scene down south is very tight…) Long story short, we were getting to play with everybody for the first time in four years, so there was a lot of catching up to do and we were excited to see everyone.
We arrived in Tokyo the night before the show, I met up with some friends downtown and then made my way to a Manga Cafe for some sleep. (They’re surprisingly comfortable, and more importantly cheap!) The next day I met up with my band-mates in the afternoon, but before we headed to the venue we had to get our ‘Omikuji’ (fortunes) from the local shrine!
特に何の盛り上がりも見せなかったおみくじクラブです！！！！！ pic.twitter.com/aKjXtRb55E— 葉緑体クラブ (Youryokutai Club) (@youryokutai9) January 12, 2020
The studio itself was like a hidden treasure. It’s an old location, someone told me they’ve been open for about 30 years or so, and the building and interior definitely had a retro ‘Showa-Era’ feel. Walking from the closest station, you have to turn away from the busy shopping district onto a street of old houses and apartments, walk a bit down the block and then suddenly on your right you see this:
|Not as easy to spot as you might think.|
|Youryokutai Club rockin’ out|
CHATTER BOX, a post-rock three-piece band with a tight sound and dream-like vocals and guitar. Definitely recommend them if you’re into that, you can check out their music here on soundcloud.
After the show we spent the night killing time around Tokyo station before taking an early-morning bus back to Narita Airport for our 7:30 am flight home to Sapporo.
|I am a banana. At Narita Airport.|
We arrived early and, after a little nap at home, I headed to the local venue “Sound Lab mole” for our second show! We played at their FSR event, a long-running seasonal show that features a ton of local bands over a two-day period. The venue is actually in an old movie theater building so there’s enough space for four stages, two food booths, a bar, and a merch area. The stage is huge, and the sound and lighting staff are super talented and friendly. We played during the evening, and while we were all a bit tired I think we played pretty well!
葉緑体クラブはいい— カゲ稲荷(KAGE&INARI) (@kageinari1) January 13, 2020
And thus ended our mini-tour weekend. Lots of wonderful music and wonderful people to share the time with. Can’t thank Yuji and mosimo enough for having us down for the event, and thanks to mole for always giving us a great spot in FSR!
And thank you for reading! While on the trip last weekend I wrote up my blog entry for January 10th, but I couldn’t figure out how to post it while on the road. So I expect that will be out sometime in the next few days. It’s a look back at the making of my last album, and maybe a bit technical and composition focused, but I tried to make it interesting for everyone!
Also, I wanted to mention that I’ve been working on a personal website over the past few months, so if you have some time please head on over to emiliobuonanni.com and let me know what you think! I’m still in the process of adding content, so if you have suggestions or want to see something on there send me an email or leave me a comment here!
In the next blog: I’ve got an exciting trip planned for this week, so I’ll be telling you about that. AND I’ll be introducing a new music recommendation series that I'll be starting up.
Stay creative - E