Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Home Blogs Web Features Calendar Listings Artvoice TV Real Estate Classifieds Contact

Melt Banana

Filed under: Uncategorized

Melt Banana

Wednesday, October 30

syt7“I’m looking for the best American beef. Give me 50 burgers,” says former Melt Banana drummer Sodoh Toshiaki, as he pulls up to a fast food window in the music video for the band’s 2006 single “Sick Zip Everywhere.” The band gets their 50 burgers and proceeds to devour them—pickles flying through the air, blood-red ketchup smearing across their faces—to the tune of their own demented grindcore noise-rock. It’s glutonous and violent, the perfect accompaniment to Melt Banana’s music. Led by female vocalist Yasuko Onuki, the Japanese band is known for their extremely fast, disorienting brand of experimental music. Yasuko squawks and yelps into the microphone as guitarist Ichirou Agata saws at the strings of his guitar, eliciting horror movie sound-effects that pummel the eardrums. Since the band formed in 1993 they have released 10 studios albums including their seminal 1995 recordScratch or Stitch and 2007’s uncharacteristically poppy Bambi’s Dilemma. This month the band released Fetch, their first record in six years, which marks an impressive return to the hyper-speed mix of punk, metal, jazz, and electronica that the band made their name with. Melt Banana come to the Tralf Music Hall on Wednesday (Oct 30) with special guests Lesionread.

– cory perla

7pm The Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (852-2860 / $12