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Thursday, March 27, 2008
Detroit 7: Playing at SXSW is killer!
Detroit 7 are one of Tokyo's most explosive bands, a tight trio blasting out raw, Iggy Pop-inspired garage punk and dripping with showmanship. At their performance at South by Southwest's Japan Nite on March 14, singer Tomomi Nabana drawled her lyrics in a deep husk, thrashing her left-handed guitar like a demon as bassist Nobuaki Kotajima prowled the stage and Miyoko Yamaguchi battered her drum kit to shards. The crowd, of course, went wild.
Just hours before this, their debut U.S. live show, the band sat down for a chat in the lobby of their villa-esque hotel.
Miyoko Yamaguchi: "Austin's hot!"
Tomomi Nabana: "It's hot, but it's not as hot as the summer in Japan."
M.Y.: "Yeah, but it's only March. We arrived late at night two nights ago, so we didn't realize how hot it was, but this morning I was bowled over. And we're playing three times in two days! Tomorrow's going to be killer."
Nobuaki Kotajima: "It's too much, really. It's gonna be full-on from today."
M.Y.: "But at least we had a relaxing day yesterday. I walked around a bit. Every venue has another venue next door, and you can hear them all out on the street."
T.N.: "But you won't hear anything else when we're playing (laughs)."
M.Y.: "We went to Japan Bash (an outdoor show featuring Japanese bands Ketchup Mania, Avengers In Sci-Fi, Toddle and Peelander-Z) yesterday. That was fun. The bands were working hard to speak to the audience in English."
T.N.: "I studied before we came here. I listened to language CDs that are supposed to help you learn English really quickly. But I stutter a lot when I speak English. It's not so smooth yet."
N.K.: "I've been practicing saying 'please' and 'thank you.' The rest can be translated for me, as long as I can be polite."
M.Y.: "We're playing at Japan Nite tonight, so all the bands are Japanese. But each band is completely different in style. And anyway, at tomorrow's shows I think we're playing with American bands, so we'll get to do both. It's our first time to play in the U.S., so it's a good start."
T.N.: "I've no idea whether the Japan obsessives will like us! But they probably will."
N.K.: "We'll make them like us!"
T.N.: "They'll probably like 'Mahou Tsukai Sally,' because it's a cover of an anime theme song. We originally covered that for a compilation in Japan and we always play it in our set."
N.K.: "It's a killer tune."
T.N.: "After SXSW, we're going on tour around the U.S. I'm thrilled! We're playing every single night; it's just great to play in so many places. And the sky seems huge in America. You can't see the sky so well in Japan."