Mystery Mondays kicked off summer with a nite of Japanese punk featuring a fierce trio of bands making headway in the current Tokyo powerpop scene. DJ Harry the Hempstead Heath was spinning a mix of old punk & neo-mods and yours truly, The Stately DJ Wayne Manor crammed as much heyday punk as I could in between sets!
The NERVOUS HEARTS, with Taka6 from The Scar and The Fadeaways personnel Toyozo on lead and drummer Ozawa making his last appearance with the group, took to the stage first. They ripped through a bunch of '77 punk style tunes albeit with a slight 60's punk vibe Toyozo can't seem to shake. All the better for them!
Next up STAIRS came on sounding much like lost NY punk relic with their rough edges and skittish demeanor. While they might be at the front of the powerpop movement these days, I'm glad there's nothing too sweet about their stabbing songwriting and spurring stage presence.
Finally THE LEGS took to the stage, quite an honor since they were a guest at the very first Mystery Mondays! This band plays fast and tight and they rammed through set of sonically riveting powerpop songs that I can't wait to hear again! In fact The Stately DJ Wayne Manor has been invite to DJ their big show coming up this September 24th at the UFO Club which will also feature Stairs along with other Tokyo bands at the top of the pops like Rockbottom, Rangsteen, & Sunsett! More info on this chic party later!
Until next time... Yours truly,
The Stately Wayne Manor