Topic: VOLAPOLYLOCALS @ Shibuya-AX 15/09/07
I've just got back from two weeks in Japan, I thanks to good timing I managed to get a ticket to one of their gigs while I was there!
It was really a completely different experience to all the times I've seen them in the UK (about 10 or so in total), and even though it was a joint headline show with Vola & the Oriental Machine and Spartan Locals, they were second on and clearly the most popular band...infact there were tons of fans dressed up in orange boiler suits and even the official glasses!
The set they played was really good, and they played amongst more popular songs, more unusual ones like 'Rack Rack' (which Kayo actually plays guitar on!?!) 'Polysics or die!!!' and 'Rocket', and I think there was a few more unusual ones but I cant really remember. I always got the impression that Polysics weren't really that popular in Japan, but the were sooo popular, and everyone knew and did all the dance moves in each song!
The other two bands didn't really interested me at all...but at the end all the bands came out and did a song called 'Tokyo' or something together, and Polysics came out in their marine costumes! Hiro, Kayo and Fumi also sang with the lead singers of the other bands, whilst Yano quite awkwardly danced with a tambourine...
Overall, it was definitely the best time I'd seen them since the first time back in 2004, and it was such a different atmosphere than any gig in the UK. I also managed to buy loads on the merch stand, including a towel and various other crap, and even managed to get the two videos I've been looking for for aaaages, they even gave me something signed by the band, probably cos I spent so much! They did have the glasses, but at 15,000 yen (around 75 pounds) I couldn't afford them!!
Oh, I also did manage to take any photos, as they didnt let you use cameras in the venue, but if your interested here's a video of 'Rocket' from the gig off youtube: