In May 1978 at S-KEN Studio in Roppongi (Tokyo) was held the first japanese punk gig featuring five bands: Friction, Mirrors, S-KEN, Lizard, and Mr. Kite. They called themselves 東京Rockers (Tokyo Rockers). Here’s an excerpt from documentary movie “Rockers” with the beautiful Emiko “Jean” Misaka of Mr.Kite.
This is pretty awesome. They seem to have put out a compilation with the film too. Need to check out more of these bands, and Japanese post-punk in general.
Classic jams from these industrial pioneers from the album Auto Da Fe, which is probably my fave album of theirs (really close with leichenschrei and Infromation Overload Unit though). What I like about the album is that it has songs like this that are more off kilter post punk songs right beside the more abstract noise and experimental tracks, it’s pretty great. That kind of really weird diversity is something I appreciate a lot, it’s why TG’s 20 jazz funk greats is one of my fave records.
But yeah, if you dig abrasive jams, you probably can dig some SPK.
Whoa, I guess this is a band that Cynthia Sley from Bush Tetras and a member of the Voidoids was in in the last 80s. Kind of new wave leaning stuff and nowhere as good as bush tetras, but it’s pretty interesting for historical reference.
Sparse intense post punk jams from Seattle, seemingly sometime in the 80s. Sounds a little like Metal Box era Public Image Limited, good stuff. Up front sax sqeals and manic as fuck vocals. Will try to check out more from these folks. I guess most of this band became members of Ministry later on.
4 song EP by Nerve Beats. Really solid minimal post punk noise rock jams. Kind of have a raw jagged Gang of Four / Contortions energy mixed with 90s noise / math rock like Slint or Six Finger Sattelite. Good stuff, check it out.
I’ve posted some Ludus jams before but not this song. They were a really interesting post punk band from the uk with a unique off kilter sound, fronted by the artist Linder Sterling (also just known as linder). They were able to blend jagged no wave shredding with odd jazz melodies in a unique way. Good stuff, been meaning to listen to more of them for quite some time.
Whoa. So I’ve been meaning to listen to Betty Davis for awhile now. Shoulda done so sooner. Fucking awesome funk rock with intense vocals that are really in your face, very punk. Really good stuff, kinda feels almost like foreshadowing of what a lot of post punk bands would be doing in a few years. Good stuff! If you haven’t heard her, get on it.