Nagasaki, Japan’s Guitar Wolf took their “Alien Action” tour through 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on April 8th, 2012 and impressed me so much that I traveled to Fargo, North Dakota with some friends to catch them again on the next night. I had seen their sound described as “loud, fast, dirty punk rock” and I can say that’s quite an understatement. From the first songs of their 7th Street Entry set, which saw front man Seiji come out spitting (literally hocking loogies on the stage) and chugging entire tall-boys, to the 3rd-encore human pyramid of bloody moshers in Fargo, they were performing at 110% the entire time they were on stage, impeccably clad in leather pants and leather jackets sporting Link Wray and Joan Jett buttons. The three-piece Transistors (from Christchurch, New Zealand) and Japanese Minneapolite two-piece Birthday Suits opened quite capably on both nights, although I sadly missed out on Birthday Suits (one of my favorite live acts in the Twin Cities) the first night.
So, how was the show? Insanity. It’s easy to see why Matador Records was quick to give these guys a US contract after seeing their live show in the mid-90’s. After a busy weekend, I was simply too exhausted to even stick around for their whole set in Minneapolis. It might not have been a wise idea to jump into the mosh pit, gear and all, for a few songs early in the set but man, was it fun. The next night in Fargo I wasn’t disappointed. The absolutely chaotic crowds in both Fargo and Minneapolis – two cities not exactly known for getting crazy at gigs – reminded me of precisely why I love live music. These photos help illustrate why, even if I only managed to capture a fraction of the bedlam.
Transistors (at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN on April 8th)
Guitar Wolf (at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN on April 8th)
Birthday Suits (at The Aquarium in Fargo, ND on April 9th)
Transistors (at The Aquarium in Fargo, ND on April 9th)
Guitar Wolf (at The Aquarium in Fargo, ND on April 9th)