Feeder and ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION—two names we had no idea would come crashing together is every 90s’ anime fan crossed with grunger’s wet dream. It’s a very niche group of fans, but I assure you that they very much exist, please see example—me.
ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION has visited Europe multiple times, but the first tour is back in 2013 when they planned a simple schedule consisting of London, Paris, and Cologne in the summer before they went off to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Now it is 2019, and ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION is supporting Feeder on both nights to help them promote their new album, Tallulah which came out on August 9. We were attending for ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION so we’ll be covering their set in this report.
On the drizzly Saturday evening, the famous circular venue in Camden Town warmed itself up to one of Japan’s biggest bands, made famous overseas thanks to early anime theme songs.
Starting at seven on the dot, the crowd formed of mainly a local audience, slowly trickled in as the song Senseless warmed the people and the space under the visually and architecturally spectacular roof of the Roundhouse.
Stepping into another encouraging radio-friendly tune, Standard, and Sleep gently nudged the knob up as the audience approached the stage with a cold beverage to enjoy something new to their palette.
What made my eyes widen and heart flutter was the echoing rings of guitars and the clacks of cymbals at the intro of Siren which threw me back a decade to the first-ever album I bought from them, Sol-fa. Standing there, my mind focused on the voice of Gotch and I felt as though I was the only one in the crowd. It’s not often a feeling I would have for bands I’ve seen before or stopped listening to, so it was an incredibly wonderful trip back in time. In a hot room of people and lights, my entire body felt strangely cool whilst shivers ran up my sides and arms over and over.
Easing to the end of the set with Boys & Girls, the big smile of the frontman beamed as he thanked the crowd for their attention.
During Feeder’s set, vocalist Grant Nicholas points up at the balcony where you would find the members from their supporting band from Japan. “They’re a great bunch of people, thank you, thank you for sharing a stage with Feeder”, then continued to encourage the crowd to attend ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATIONS’ show at Dingwalls the next day.
November 22 setlist
- Angou no Waltz
- Boys & Girls
November 23 setlist
- Ima wo Ikite
- Boys & Girls
Feeder – Tallulah