The singer’s name is Baba and he’s the Japanese Iggy Pop — when he was young and spritely. Baba’s just smashed his head into a speaker, and blood from his nose splashes over the kids spilling onto the stage at a packed Shinjuku live house. In return, they offer him a similar rock ‘n’ roll sacrament — half-spilled glasses of beers. He quaffs ’em down, tosses ’em aside and with a maniacal screech hurls himself into the crowd to be held aloft like some bloody messiah, which, for these kids is precisely what he is.
Behind him a guitarist, bassist and drummer unleash a primal psychedelic-punk noise that’s like The Stooges and The Doors getting their heads bashed together by a soccer hooligan from Japanese media hell. It sounds and looks fantastic. It is Kubikarizoku — Headhunters in English — and they have the name, the look, the energy, and the raw rock ‘n’ roll sound that perfectly encapsulates garage-punk — the “next big thing” in rock music.
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