Sunday, September 16, 2007

Ruins play Vancouver Wednesday

Here's a shock - Japan's legendary prog-punk twopiece, Ruins, featuring virtuoso drummer Yoshida Tatsuya (or Tatsuya Yoshida, or whatever) and bassist Sasaki Hisashi will play Vancouver this Wednesday, September 19th, at Pat's Pub! Go fuckin' figure - these guys are huge in the weird music scene in Japan, and have numerous CDs on Tzadik; collaborators have included Haino Keiji, Derek Bailey, and Yamamoto of the Boredoms/Omoide Hatoba (actually, I saw Ruins Hatoba once at the Star Pines, I think it was, in Tokyo); still, known quantity that they are - I never woulda known about it if I hadn't bumped into a gig poster this afternoon.
Not sure exactly what they do these days, but they're known for intricate blistering shift-on-a-dime bursts of sonic terror; they DO have a prog element to them, but not in some sucky Yes way. This should be a pretty interesting night of music; drummers in particular should take note - Yoshida's pretty amazing.

Good thing I saw that gig poster.


peter skreeko said...

yeah, just noticed a poster at Main and Broadway the other day... a double-take verified it was for SEPT 19 and not OCT.

hope to see ya there A!

ammacinn said...

Hey, Peter!

Yeah, I'd like to go, though I also have family things going on this week, so I don't know 100% if I'll be there. We'll see!


Christopher O said...

I excitedly texted my roomies about this, to get texts back saying that its a local band called Ruins who obviously don't know to Google their own name. Looking for confirmation on both. Caveat emptor.

ammacinn said...
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ammacinn said...

Christopher got this sorted out - it was, indeed, Ruins - or, somewhat to my surprise, a SOLO Yoshida, playing to canned bass. Amazing night no less (nice to actually meet you, Christopher!). Pics and such to follow - my review will likely be in the Nerve Magazine -- maybe next month or the month after --


ammacinn said...

Wow, there's some amazing footage of Ruins (alone) on Youtube:

Thanks to Robbie of the Nomeansno board for posting that!

- A.