on point japanese dreamy stuff, song to make you feel good, like youre in the most beautiful anime in the world on a bike or something even though i can’t ride a bike, or lying in the grass idk. very ethereal, vry perfect.
I’ve been slacking on updates since I’ve been so busy with school. My schedule doesn’t look like it’ll get better anytime soon, so I thought I’d sneak in a quick post since it’s been a while. Due to time constraints, I’m going to have make the rest of this post in bullet point format.
I guess it’s time to post the song that got me into the Japanese music scene initially, Curtain Call by the band Mechanero. I was hesitant on featuring this band at all solely for the fact that I know nearly nothing about them, so this post will be focusing on my personal experience with this song.
I had always been interested in bands like The Pillows and Asian Kung-fu Generation, but as great as those artists are, I don’t think they really encapsulated what Japanese indie had to offer. Instead they served as a kind of beacon to international fans. However, when I was maybe 15 I found the music video for this song and fell totally head over heels for it immediately. Every aspect of Mechanero was what I regarded the perfect band to be like. The lo-fi aesthetic and editing of the video, the acid-washed screentone, and the catchy keyboard break that made this song completely infectious.
After trying for so long to find anything from this band I gave up and eventually forgot about them. It’s always been kind of an odd form of memorabilia to listen to this song and think about the amount of times i’ve (like many others) stumbled upon a band or song I loved through the internet, but had no luck in getting any information about them, or had anyone to talk about them with. It’s that unexplainable feeling of isolation yet excitement you get with songs like this. Anyway, unfortunately I still don’t have any information to share about Mechanero other than the fact that they have broken up and formed other bands. Hopefully you can take this post for what it is and enjoy one of my favorite songs of all time, which ultimately is the reason this blog was started in the first place. Enjoy, this is Curtain Call.
Original post by fuzzbuzzwar: Popping into existence around the time of NME’s big backlash on Britain’s own Scene, came a little band called Paint In Watercolour.
Hailing from Niigata, the cold countryside of Japan facing the Japan Sea, Paint In Watercolour were one of Japan’s first shoegaze bands and represented the more obscure side of the Western-influenced and highly eclectic Shibuya-kei scene.
The original members were Masato Nunokawa (vocals and guitars), Kenichi Sekiguchi (guitars), Manabu Shimizu (bass) and Shigemi Sakyo (drums).
After releasing the six-song mini album “flow” (1991) from Victor’s subsidiary indie label Aja Records, they made a major debut in 1992, releasing the “glare” ep and the album “unknown” in the same year. Their work showed influences from My Bloody Valentine and Ride, but also had Madchester tendencies a la Stone Roses. These influences lumped them into the Shibuya-kei scene along with other UK-styled bands such as Venus Peter, Secret Goldfish, Loco-Holidays and White Come Come.
Later Shimizu was replaced by Masayuki Maruyama, and the band released their second full-length, “velocity” (1993). This album featured Japanese lyrics unlike their earlier material, but failed to make much impact just the same.
The band called it quits and the members have got steady jobs.