Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Japanese Punks Invading East Coast

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor in 1941 and now a bunch of Tokyo-based punk bands are hoping to have a blast in various East Coast cities this weekend.

That’s because a three-day tour called The Japunks Festival will be taking place starting tomorrow (Apr. 21) in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and gives six Japanese punk bands a chance to get Americans strung out on their music.

This year marks the 5th annual Japunks festival and organizer Mai Mai Sakamoto says the participating punkers all have unique styles that differ from the American and British styles of the genre.

For example, Peelander-Z combines music with cue cards and something Sakamoto calls “human bowling” while Ed Woods – which is named for the famous B-movie director – features a naked bass player and lots of bloodstains during the concert.

Most of the bands sing in Japanese but Sakamoto says a group called The Dudoos perform their songs in German and Flemish and use recorders instead of guitars.

Although the bands at Japunks are unusual, Sakamoto is confident the groups have what it takes to appeal to fans of more classic punk bands like the Ramones and Green Day.

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