Thanks to Phil Catalano for this footage of Tokyo's amazing Koenjihyakkei (aka Hundred Lights of Koenji), making their very first performance outside of Japan right here in WFMU's studio:
The group is led by Tatsuya Yoshida, drummer extrordinaire from the duo known as Ruins, and this larger band is a somewhat more expanded exploration of Ruins' clear fixation for all things Magma (while not actually being a Magma cover band!). Hyper-precise prog blowouts, hairpin curve changes, wailing operatic vocals in a made-up language, it's also a definite trainwreck between ELP, Queen, and Melt Banana and who knows what else. The band has plays tomorrow night the 18th at the Festival Actuelle in Victoriaville, Quebec, and May 20th at the Rough Idea in Toronto before heading home. You can check out the two songs of the WFMU session on Brian's show in Real Audio here. Oh yeah, as amazing as she is, vocalist Aki might want to watch out for this up-and-comer who might steal her gig someday!