The band most typically associated with noise rock is Sonic Youth, but theyre yacht rock compared to Japans Melt-Banana, who have been specializing in full-on sonic floggings for nearly two decades. Dont worry too much about getting lost in translationlead singer Yasuko Onukis frenzied vocals (if you can understand them) are actually in English, which might explain why Melt-Banana is more popular stateside and in the UK than they are in their native country. What really makes their unrestrained musical chaos work is guitar whiz Ichirou Agata, utilizing a host of far-out guitar effects and providing endless energy on stage. Readings this, youre probably thinking this is one of those bands I have to see live! Well, go for it.
Tue., Dec. 15, 7 p.m., 2009
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