Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Ogre You Asshole

I once heard that other than Modest Mouse, there aren't really any bands who sound like Modest Mouse. However, someone had a band up their sleeve; their ace in the hole. They posted links to a few albums by a Japanese band called Ogre You Asshole. Now, I know, more Japanese music but it's what's on my mind right now! I promise more English language music will come.

Anyway, Ogre You Asshole were introduced to me as having a Modest Mouse-y sound. This was incredibly appealing, because Modest Mouse were and still are my favourite band. Isaac Brock's voice is utterly fantastic, kind of unique, and Ogre You Asshole don't have him singing for them. Even if they did have a voice like that, they're Japanese, so I'm not listening to lyrics which is a big part of my enjoyment of Modest Mouse songs. Musically though, I can see what they meant! Yes, indeed.

According to wikipedia the band are heavily influenced by Modest Mouse, who played an interesting part in naming Ogre.
"Arata Nishi saw Modest Mouse bassist Eric Judy on the street near the Hot Lab live house after a gig in Matsumoto during their Japan tour in May 2001. He asked Judy, who was drunk, to name their band. He replied 'I can't' before writing 'Ogre You Asshole' on Nishi's arm." They also credit Fugazi and Talking Heads as influences.

BUT! Ogre You Asshole are fantastic in their own right, so enough of their influences, have a listen.


While I am here, let me also briefly mention Toe, a post-rock band from... what? Japan? Yes, Japan. The drummer is off the hook. Check 'em.

12 comments:

  1. They could use as much uplifting music as possible.

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  2. Great sounding band and it's awesome how they got their band name XD

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  3. I hope they're okay after that shit that just happned in Japan. They sound like old Modest Mouse!!!! They're fucking good.

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  4. I wish I understood what they were singing about

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  5. interesting. never heard of these guys. thanks

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  6. awww man!!! these guys are great! but yeah haha i wish i knew what they were saying haha

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  7. There's some awesome Japanese music, this one is alright

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  8. Instant Follow for posting up Toe...such an amazing band with some passion :')

    Mouse on the Keys are pretty good!

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