THE ROUTES – ANGLO-NIPPONESE RETRO ROCKERS INVADE EUROPE
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There’s a huge number of great bands in Japan right now and one of the best is right here, right now. With a sound that’s tough, breakneck yet soulful, there’s also real proper tunes coming from this trio. Yeah, this is freaked-out 100mph fuzz-bucket guitar garage rock’n’roll, and all executed with more than the usual amount of frenziedly primitive zeal, but it’s all delivered by people who actually know what they’re doing, who know how to play their instruments. This is no thrashing around garage-punk-by-numbers.
A review of their debut album (on Irish-based label Motor Sounds) said: “Now, with most garage bands you get the impression that they suffer from a fondness for music equipment porn. Gotta get the right pedals, the right sound, the right mixing desk…not these guys. This is clearly a band with some amps, some instruments and a volume control set to loud. There’s bleed all over the place, the vocals are scratchy (in a punching-the-air way) and the drummer is tight’n’loose. This band is fuggin’ ace. Not only that, but they’re clearly skilled musicians… not in a prog way of course.. that wouldn’t do. But the solos that leap outta each song could easily come from a vintage Yardbirds LP.”
Their debut single on Dirty Water, “Do What’s Right By You”, is a big crunchy blues punk stomp that got the old garage-rock fans as well as indie kids new to real rock’n’roll foaming at the mouth. A truly raucous romp of frenziedly frazzled greasy rhythm’n’blues wailing racket that cuts through all other current bands like a razor blade through butter.
With the sheer number of great bands coming out the Land of the Rising Sun right now, we could be seeing all things Japanese becoming the next big thing. You’d do well to jump on board now, grab your cool cred points, and be able to say, “We told you about ‘em first!”
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club’s name is derived from The Standells’ 1966 hit ‘Dirty Water’ which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers (from the Cramps), The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 188.8.131.52’s, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original ’60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.
THE ROUTES TOUR DATES
Jueves 3 Dic. Lounge Bar. Lisboa.
Viernes 4 Dic. Barreiro Rocks festival. Lisboa.
Sábado 6 Dic. Discoteca Alternativa. Castelo Branco.
Lunes 7 Dic. Mardi Gras. A Coruña.
Miércoles 9 Dic. Lata de Zinc. Oviedo. + Bobkat65
Jueves 10 Dic. Black Bird. Santander.
Viernes 11 Dic. Hell Dorado. Vitoria. Presentación Green Fuzz Festival. + Lie Detectors
Sábado 12 Fun House. Madrid. + Off moths and stars
About Dirty Water Records
Dirty Water Records is a London-based record label (and club, the Dirty Water Club) specializing in contemporary bands playing ’50s- & ’60s-inspired original r&b, beat, garage and punk music.