SHUGO TOKUMARU トクマルシューゴ- Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Amazing gig and such a friendly atmosphere (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧ !! More than in France for once. Because English audiences are less warm than French audiences in general but yesterday, woowww, lovely atmosphere!
Before the concert started, they played an album I listened a few days before and I was really upset because I couldn’t remember the name of the band. Then I saw the girl in front of me using whatever smartphone application to get the name of the song and I could see the artwork cover on her phone but still couldn’t remember the name ARG ಥ‿ಥ . Luckily I have a Grooveshark account that reminds me what I listened (it was Youth Lagoon’s the Year Of Hibernation).
Klak Tik was cool! They had a viola (just for one song though) and it made me miss my violin once again (╥_╥) 。Some nice Beirut-like vibes with a trompet as well.
Shugo Tokumaru was awesome and I was amazed by his drummer’s skills omg, the guy went mental! Seeing him live made me realise how many crazy rhythm changes there are in his music, I didn’t really pay attention to it before (because I’m a melodic person rather than a rhythm one). I had a dumb reflex that was to try to compare his music with a european/western band I’d know and all I came up with was something in between Psapp and a cuter version of Animal Collective. I don’t know why one always have to compare bands with each other, that’s annoying, I’m annoying myself. But it’s sometimes useful when a friend asks “what’s his music like” you can say other band names instead of “uh-pop…folk…indie?” (but what if they don’t know Animal Collective or Psapp — you sound silly and say uhpopfolkindiewtvrs). But most of the time people don’t really care, they just ask to be polite. Ok. Rant over.
The accordeonist was brillant as well (made me miss playing accordeon as well fffffuck what I am doing with my life I miss playing music so much), and she played a lot of other cool and cute instruments or toys ｡◕ ‿ ◕｡. I took a picture of her playing with a puppet doll which played the drum with my disposable, I hope it’ll be good.
I didn’t realised Shugo was such a good guitarist as well(◕‿◕✿). They moved on effortlessly and really fast from song to song and it seemed like he didn’t even sweat… No eyecontact as well with the crowd (yeah 1 or 2 thank you and a sudden heybtw “My name is Shugo Tokumaru” in the middle of the gig - oh really?(─‿‿─) )no small talk, just music, GOOD music!!!
Oooh and they played a very sweet cover of Video Kill the Radiostar, ukulele version (｡♥‿♥｡). Everybody sang! I was surprised because some people knew the japanese lyrics of a few songs. I think there were some Japanese people in the crowd but I’m not sure they were the one singing!
I bought myself a t-shirt and enjoyed my way home in the rain and wind because (◡‿◡✿).