Back in the early days of this blog, there were a few postings of this band, basically from bootlegged cds in limited circulation. The comments concluded with that "we defiantly need more Rallizes posted!!" Indeed! So here is a continuation, from a concert in 1979. Over the last six months or so, altogether six concerts have appeared on the Dime network, covering the 1976-1987 period, all courtesy of "fyk fyk", who seems to keep good track of events in the Japanese musical underground. Some of these other posted sets are huge, but hugely valuable, too, for those of us interested in Fushitsusha and the wacky Shibusashirazu Orchestra, which I was lucky to witness in full flight back in 2000.
What to say about the Rallizes? A lot has been written about the band, about its mystique, its far- left leanings and its reputation for ear-shattering feed back, the latter certainly in evidence here. The basic formula is a rock-solid rhythm section of guitar, bass and drums laying down a steady riff which leaves main man Takashi Mizutani to overlay vocals drenched in reverb and to spin guitar solos that frequently disappear in a white wall of noise. An inspiration for Keiji Haino, for sure, but possibly for Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, too? In any case, innovators in their time, but largely neglected by the general rock audience outside Japan. Their loss, I guess. If this catches on, we'll have more Rallizes here.
Les Rallizes Denudes
Shibuya Yaneura, Tokyo, Japan
Lineage : Trade CDR > HDD > WAV > flac > u
AUD source : 88min
1.Enter the Mirror
7.The Last One
Please fill in, if possible.