This September in Niigata, a Japanese independent rock festival will be held, with the unfortunate name of “Death Camp.” According to the promoters it’s “The Most Brutal Camp Of All.” Below is a flyer for the event, which I’ve included purely because of the outrageous names of some of the bands that are playing.
Where else could you find bands with charming monikers like “Nice View” or “Patisserie” playing alongside bands called “Illegal Abortion” or “Sex Virgin Killer”? As well as bafflingly-titled groups like “Stubborn Father,” or the rugby-referencing “Scrum Half,” you can also see the frankly hilarious “Little Bastards” or “Enema.”
I want the T-shirts!
Here’s a link to the website: “Niigata Death Camp 2007”
As a taster for the event, here is a cool video by one of the bands who are performing, notorious noise-merchants “Melt Banana.” The video features cheesy English dubbing over the musicians’ voices, and in the tradition of the Japanese hot-dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi, they stuff themselves with lots of hamburgers. The song’s inexplicably called “Sick Zip Everywhere,” and is probably not to all tastes!