Exhilarated with sake and cherry blossom, mountain top temples to the great goddess Amaterasu (creator of living things especially whales and dolphins), hot dark brown volcanic springs and japanese bath houses, noodle bars sushi trains and endless alleys full of colourful paper things, amazing decor......each place an unexpected adventure.
PROWLING FEVERISHLY ABOUT ON A LARGE QUEENSLANDER COLONIAL STYLE VERANDA, BEING SOOTHED & STIMULATED BY MOTHERLY FRIENDS: MAXIM & MIZBAH. EMOTIONALLY WIPED.
I LOSE TICKET AND MISS PLANE. (e-ticket that ate osaka). MUST FINISH OBSCURA COVERS WITH TOBES, JAMMING ELECTRONIC MIND WITH BRISBNE ALPHA OMEGA CREW FULL MOON HIGH.
MONDAY MORNING 9AM GET TICKET FOR 3PM FLIGHT. I MISS FIRST 3 GIGS.
Airlines messed up Daevid's ticket so he missed first three gigs but arrived at full strength for the Pepperland gig on Tuesday. Meantime for first three dates, a semi acoustic set came together, followed by Makoto's solo set, then the final set, band altogether. The acoustic set had Josh on Ukelele, Atsushi on l2 string guitar, Hiroshi on synth, Makoto with glisses and his cello-like instrument played with a bow, Gilli with vocals and lyrics. Lyrics were simple, had some words in Japanese, and lots of singing. It was intricate musically and really fun, innovative from the unexpected instrumentation.
The audience reacted fervently to gilli's whale song, and it is evident that many people in Japan are opposed to whaling.......and to war, the "no war means no war of any kind" chant correlated with public unrest about having troops in Iraq, in the midst of the hostage drama. This continued as opening set after Daevid arrived with the whole band playing the second set.
ARRIVE TUESDAY 6TH MORNING
MAKOTO BEAMING & AVUNCULAR INTRODUCES AMT DRUMMER GODSPEED OKANO & SOUNDMAN HITOSHI OKUNARI WHO LOOKS A BIT LIKE A BLEND OF ZUBIN & MARK ROBSONG & HAS THE CUTEST WEE DAUGHTER NAMED...um
MAKOTO HAS ORGANISED A SECOND OSAKA DATE FOR OUR LAST DAY IN JAPAN.
OFF TO PEPPERLAND CLUB IN OKAYAMA REMEMBERED FOR A FASCINATING QUESTIONS & ANSWERS SESSION TWIXT DAEVID GILLI & CLUB OWNER & AUDIENCE AFTER A DOUBLE SOLO GIG IN 1996.
VASTLY ENJOY JEF BELL'S EMPTY ORCHESTRA SET.
HIGH FREQUENCY SENSITIVETIES, A VEIGNED BRAILLE OF CEREBRAL NODES & ORGANIC INTELLECT. GLUTINOUS LUMINOUS BLOBS FLOP DOWN ALL ROUND US AS WE LISTEN, BOUNCING & BOWLING ABOUT ON ECCENTRIC TRADJECTORIES. CONFRONTINGLY TACTILE.
JEFF IS THE INVISIBLE MAN. BANDANA, SHADES, HEAVY BEARD...WHO IS THIS MAN? IS HE YOU TOO?
OUR TURN, MY FIRST GIG FINALLY. BIG ENERGY PENTUP VERSUS CURSE OF CONTAINING LOUDGUITAR AMPS IN A SMALL SPACE.
I AM SITUATED IN A BERMUDA TRIANGLE OF HUGE FENDERS.
banana ananda say:
SURRENDER & YOU FIND ENTRY TO A NEW DIMENSION OF HEARING, FRESHLY & HARMONIC FREELY INVENTIVE & SURPRISING. ALL RESISTANCE WILL FEEL LIKE PAIN. FEEL FREE TO LEAVE even if nobody else does.
today starts with Atsushi saying sorry he cant play bass on autumn tour. I am sad. Somehow I will persuade him.
Long bullet & local train haul.
Hot tea from coin machines this i like!!
YAMAGUCHI INDO-YO CLUB TONIGHT.
Gilli begins with her incredible string & whale band followed by Makoto & Cotton & i as GURU ZERO. Fun to be playing with these two again. A stimulating dialogue on many different levels between us.
Psychedelia suggests multiple dimension music. Midnight guitar riders take their space in a flailing hailstorm/springtime & bird language synthesizer thunderstorm named Cotton Casino.
Cotton is happy with Bill.
THURSDAY 8TH APRIL
In Tokyo its packed.
LONG NIGHTMARE JOURNEY 8 HOURS NO FOOD ON FIVE TRAINS.
TONIGHT THERE IS LOADSA VOCAL INTERACTION. ESP WITH ATSUSHI BASS WHO IS A BIRD WATCHER & MOUNTAIN WARDEN. CLIMAXING WITH A VOCAL VERSION OF PINK LADY LEMONADE WHICH MADE MY TOENAILS TWINKLE. IT WAS A GIG TO REMEMBER.
This tour was organised bythe Acid Mothers Temple themselves, who also took good care of the band, and everywhere warm and friendly promoters and club owners. Travelled everywhere (with pass) on trains, from endless spotless subways to the 300mph Nozomi Express. Concluded that the Japanese have the highest life expectancy in the world because they walk so much.
FRIDAY 9 APRIL
Nagoya is AMT hometown base. Good crowd. Good food.
Friday night in hometown Nagoya...club booked out, two or three English! football fan type people in front annoying Hiroshi by pulling at his synth, falling over etc., he towering over them like a "berserk" Viking on the edge of the stage, long hair streaming out wildly, and the whole evening was wild.
LAST NIGHT & SECOND GIG IN OSAKA AT THE BRIDGE.
Last night, Saturday, at Osaka "Bears" club, very energised by week of gigs, always different... experimental.
Next morning after little sleep, return to Australia, laden with gifts of sake and rice cakes.
Pass the Magic Hat