Asobi Seksu @ Brooklyn Bowl, 10/1/11
There’s something about the oddness of the Brooklyn Bowl that just works, with the sound of strikes and spares being made against the sound of a great rock band kicking it on stage. You’d think the two sounds wouldn’t make for a pleasant experience, but it does. The same could possibly be said for Asobi Seksu’s mix of gritty, industrial shoegaze with lead singer Yuki Chikudate’s angelic, pure voice. It doesn’t necessarily make sense, but it really does work.
After experiencing several mixing and “technical difficulties,” opening band White Birds eventually got things figured out and the show rolled on smoothly from there. Between the swirling rainbow and strobe lighting, which felt a lot like Asobi Seksu’s current video for “Perfectly Crystal,” and the screaming intensity of the guitar, the band’s set really did manage to grab the audience and send them into another realm of psychedelia and good times. The band sampled from each of their five records and even played a cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Never Understand,” which got a rave response from the audience. Though at time almost overwhelming from the sensory overload, a good time seemed to be had by all.