Shinjuku Live Freak June 2, 2012

Bijyomaru Sakagawa at Shinjuku Live Freak June 2, 2012

I have been really spoiled for three nights in a row now!!

Miyavi at Shibuya Quattro on Thursday, then Okahiro and DENIAL Friday night at Shibuya Star lounge and now Friday night Bijyomaru Sakagawa.

Three great guitarists in three nights…. Think I’m in paradise!!

I want to add though that, yes, there are less good guitarists and musicians here in Japan, as there are anywhere in the world. However, I have been very lucky and found some guitarist gems and well…
I just happened to hit a grand slam this week!

So yes it is a dark video, due to poor lighting, but if you watch it in full screen it is a tad better!

OK so now when you listened you want to know more….
Bijyomaru has a homepage here:

http://www.bijyomaru.com/

and you can buy his music here
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B001RPNK18/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bijyomarucom-22&linkCode=as2&camp=247&creative=1211&creativeASIN=B001RPNK18

Percussion

Fair should be fair… didn’t get a very good shot of Okaji-san tonight, but here is a video from HeavensDust live at Ikebukuro Black Hole February 3, this year.
This was an awesome percussion ‘dialogue’ with Ajo-san and Okaji-san

Also when I got home I found this…
HeavensDust had uploaded an ‘Okaji-san Video’ m/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-Ks-Rf394c&feature=colike 

I will however soon post a photo of DENIAL’s bassist Toshi…

Okahiroさん

Okahiro-san and me after DENIAL’s LIVE at

渋谷 ライブハウス

Rarely do I post photos of myself but I will make an exception here because I do want this photo up of Okahiro-san!

I had never been to a LIVE with DENIAL before this evening and didn’t know what to except. I have heard the drummer Okaji-san before, and knowing he is an awesome drummer, I knew it couldn’t be bad.
The reason is because Okaji-san also plays drums in HeavensDust.

Every gig I go to I tend to the feel the music as a whole, but also listen to balance, genre, and over all composition of songs.
Sometimes a band can have a great guitarist, and even be ALL skilled, but still I just don’t like their style.
Sometimes I really like their music but can feel that there is something lacking, or a stage presence just isn’t there.
Sometimes …..it is like tonight….
…at DENIAL’s Live it was like this in my mind:

WOAH what a great drummer, but wait the bassist is really really good too… and then came the guitar and the guitar solos and yes I was floored… WOW!
Add to this evening a bunch of wonderful people, friends of my friend Atsuko-san, that all were so kind to me and  really made this evening a wonderful one!
We had some language issues, but music really breaks all barriers!

DENIAL’s music is filled with great rhythms, and everyone on the Star Lounge floor just had to move, to dance and be one with the music that filled the room.
Then as I said, Okahiro-san is a great guitarist, and when a great guitarist plays awesome guitar solos.. I’m totally sold!
Add to it he has a contagious smile and good looks…and I’m speechless!

Toshi-san played bass like a god, and a few songs were rather complicated rhythmically, and I must say I was impressed!
They also played a few songs acoustically and that too they managed with great skill.
It was rather fun to see Okaji-san sit on a box and drum on it!

So when a great drummer, gets together with a bassist who can really handle his strings, and a awesome guitarist, who is all smiling and charming on stage, all while playing music that I really like (because I like to move)
then…
there you have it … a great band! 

I really hope I will be able to hear them LIVE again!

DENIAL has a blog here:
http://www.denialand.com/ 
There music is here
http://www.denialand.com/sound.html

Shibuya Star Lounge was a very pleasant and nice Live house as well. Not the dark basement kind, nor the Shibuya Trump Room style, but somewhere in between.
The lighting was good and the sound and volume just perfect, so yes a great evening indeed and a intimate live concert in Tokyo when it is at its very BEST!

Thank you  ありがとうございます  ALL –  DENIAL, Atsuko-san, all Atsuko’s wonderful friends and the DENIAL fans and audience !

A late edit:
LOVE it when I get this kind of feed-back after someone reads this blog (sent to me elsewhere):
“ Listened to DENIAL and they sound great!!  ”