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By: Michael Lara

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“Let’s get it on…Let’s get it on…Let’s get it on… Come on! Come on!” Well now, PUBLIC ENEMY effortlessly rule as they forever are one of the world’s cultural biographers and duly encapsulate this delightful terrordome assorted before the “turn me loose” global elation of Obama’s election days later. And well, I must wonder where Barack was when Chuck and company delivered this ’89 classic…

Pink Joppelin (click to enlarge)
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Regardless, Halloween is always good fun in any major city or university town worldwide and in this massive metropolis, it holds its own in assembling an army of revelers determined to project their dark or light side of themselves from dusk to dawn. And Shibuya, the center of Tokyo’s vitality, provides the perfect and most reflective concoction of how Tokyoites embrace this holiday adopted from their temporary hosts from the other side of the Pacific.

While all unravels relentlessly throughout the city, within the famed seedy Dogenzaka district of Shibuya, Tokyo’s ALLIES AND ACES hold their record release party on the 31st titled BALLS PARK. As this notorious night of debauchery gets flavoring in full with compadres PINK JOPPELIN, a pillowcase beyond full of treats are to savor before a changeover to club operations at 11.

Harnessing the savory storm coalesced this night, PINK JOPPELIN bring it as this trio of Hajime Kawauchi (vocals, keyboards and acrobatics), Masao Katagiri (vocals, bass) and Akira Nagahori (drums, vocals) deliver a devilish delightful dish that Colin Clive, Dwight Frye and Boris Karloff would approve wholeheartedly. Just as their immaculate costumes, the thunderstorm they eternally possess unfurls effortlessly to reanimate all present through ‘Faces,’ ‘Heaven’ and more. These three amigos bring all, costumed or not, to courageous experimentation in full amid smiles.

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Continuing matters, the unrelenting reanimation ensues seamlessly with ALLIES AND ACES. Alongside the magnificent monster already created, mad scientists Leo Sakamoto (vocals), Daisuke Fujimoto (guitar, vocals), Kenji Usui (bass, vocals), Dean Kessler (guitar) and Tre ‘3’ Packard (drums) make their own “Mr. Successful” for all to devour in full.

Releasing their debut FULL CIRCLE ORBIT in front of costumed guests and not, the voltage goes beyond 11, with all deliciously shocked into full animation with the epic swath of “Mr. Wazanski,” the menacing lean and mean “Wild Blue” and the piercing “Full Circle” giving gleeful operation to all within P.

With no tricks, only treats to be had here beyond, omnipresent wide smiles give a verdict to be fully felt for these native creations that give a full on rebirth.



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