Over the weekend Julie and I drove to Tsugaru City on the Western side of the prefecture for an all day rock festival.
We mostly wanted to go because one of our favorite bands from Japan was scheduled to play in the afternoon: Eastern Youth. Eastern Youth strike a nice balance between noise and melody. Their music is cathartic but very listenable.
They played a great set — a nice mix of old and new material. The highlight for me was “Into the Sandstorm,” which was the first Eastern Youth song I’d ever heard and is still one of my favorites.
The other bands we saw were also fun to watch and listen to.
Not pictured: the King Brothers. During the last song of their set, the lead guitarist climbed the scaffolding of the stage, about twenty feet off the ground. He then jumped off, not into the crowd, but back onto the stage, did a ninja safety roll, and immediately picked up his guitar and began playing music again.