Topic: Polysics 2/14 Review
Note: There is an audio recording of this show floating around the net.
Polysics fired out another high energy chaotic set last night at the Middle East. Although the doors were at 8:00, the opening band did not start playing until 10:30, which resulted in alot of the people who showed up scratching there heads and waiting 2 and a half hours for the opening band.
One thing that I noticed which I thought was extremely interesting was the free giveaways to those who bought merchandise from the band. Usually when bands play in Japan, they usually have incentives for people to buy merch at the show. On there US tour, or at least at the Boston stop, the band were giving away free promotional booklets from Myspace Music, which had a little essay on the band, as well as a diagram relating to all the bands that influenced Polysics. On top of that, the band also included two stickers, one being the Polysics badge logo from there KArate House era, as well as a smaller sticker with the Absolute Polysics artwork. This fact kind of made me wish they had more stuff for sale, because I really wanted more stickers.
The opening band was rather bland and confused alot of people in the crowd. There style was indie acoustic music, and no one expected this at a Polysics show. However, the set was short, so they were pretty much on and off the stage in about half an hour and Polysics began setting up the instruments.
About half an hour goes by, and the stage manager (Who I remember being the manager during the Now is the Time!-era, which was the last time I saw them) came out and gave the regular speech about how cameras and audio recording were prohibited, and then the band burst onto the stage.
The show was only 1 hour long, however the band managed to squeeze in 18 tracks. This pretty much allowed no rest in between songs, which kept the energy level high. However, the security at the Middle East can pretty much piss off, due to the facts that a.) They decided to stand in front of half the crowd, which wouldn't matter but they were quite tall. and b.) when it came time for the encore, one of the guards was seen with his finger up to his mouth, saying "shhh, I just want to go home." Other then these minor annoyances, the show was perfect.
Quite a few Japanese fans made the trek to America for various shows. It was interesting seeing the Japanese fans' reactions to not only the band, but the venues and audiences. Since the show I attended was a relatively young crowd, there was a mini mosh pit, if you can even call it that. And since alot of the Japanese fans were located in the front, they really had no idea how to react to such a rowdy crowd (usually in Japan, the crowds are alot more subdued and focused on watching the band). However, when it came to the synchronized parts of the performances (the interlude in Young OH! OH!, the clapping in Baby Bias and the Hand waves in Rocket), it seemed that not only the Japanese fans knew how to react, but a large portion of the American fans knew what to do as well (I am guessing from various live performances on Both youtube and DVD).
As the night came to an end, the crowd was just as exhausted as the band. Since it was a late show (like I said previously, the doors were at 8 and the show didn't start till 10:30), alot of the crowd had forfilled there goals of meeting the band prior to the set, and quickly made an exit so they could go home and pass out or, in my case, barely catch the last train to get home. However, no one left disappointed, and many fans left with anticipation of Polysics' next visit.
Young OH! OH!
Peach Pie on the Beach
New Wave Jacket
I My Me Mine
Saiminjutsu de GO
Kaja Kaja Goo
Coelakanth is Android
Electric Surfing Go Go