TsuShiMaMiRe, Quorum, the Fin., Zariganis, Bo-Peep, Samurai Dynamites | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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TsuShiMaMiRe, Quorum, the Fin., Zariganis, Bo-Peep, Samurai Dynamites 

When: Sun., March 22, 7:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $15, $10 in advance
If you’re like me, it’s been years since you’ve recognized a band by name on one of the touring packages that periodically travel the States under the name Japan Nite. But it’s worth your while to do a little research—you might stumble into something fun. Tokyo group Samurai Dynamites remind me of early Gogol Bordello, first in their fondness for four-on-the-floor rock rhythms and their rowdy, ramshackle, vaguely ethnic stampede of largely acoustic instruments—in this case upright bass, fiddle, saxophone, accordion, electric guitar, drums, and percussion. (In a live video from 2009, I saw a woman with a frame drum hanging from a shoulder harness, fitted with a small gong and a brightly colored parasol; in a 2012 video, a man had taken her spot, with a second smaller drum attached to the first and a set of tonglike metal castanets.) The leader of Samurai Dynamites, an accordionist and vocalist who goes by Tossy, favors brash, unpolished, slightly hammy talk-singing, much like Gogol Bordello front man Eugene Hutz. He’s more about rhythm than melody, and he can be pretty casual about, you know, notes—he doesn’t use vibrato so much as a wild drunken wobble. The EP that Japan Nite’s organizers sent me, Shiro Sawa (Rebeat), includes a track called “Lets Go Party Music Come On!!,” and Samurai Dynamites’ farrago of punk, funk, rockabilly, and regional folk (they cite enka ballads and Bon festival dances) are basically drinking songs for people who’ll try anything with booze in it, whether they can read the language on the label or not. If I have a complaint, it’s that the Dynamites don’t have Gogol Bordello’s gift for towering, sentimental choruses—but on the wistful, frisky “Kizakura,” they get close. —Philip Montoro



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