Concert Review: Asobi Seksu, El Mocambo, March 3, 2009

10 bones can get you a pretty big boner in this city.

Case in point, ultimate babe Yuki Chikudate made her way through the El Mocambo last night for an all-out noise-fest with shoegaze darlings Asobi Seksu (you know, the band that was backing her–the three white guys). Asobi Seksu is one of New York’s most prominent indie rock acts right now it’s easy to see why…Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser and  MBV’s Kevin Shields could pass for their long lost music parents and Chikudate could pass for a Japanese spokesmodel.

But c’mon now, it’s not always about how pretty the lead singer is, is it? It was maybe Yuki that left us all slack-jawed, silent, and motionless throughout the show. At least that would explain why the applause had the viscosity of cold molasses–didn’t notice if it slowed down after she stripped down to her tanktop though. Anyone? Anyone?

More noisy than ethereal, I would say the ElMo (or any small venue for that matter) is sort of the last place you want this type of shoegaze to be played at because no matter how ambient your guitars sound you can envision even Grandpa Simpson’s eardrums exploding. More than a few people ran for the hills once the set started and even seasoned show-going veterans could kind of feel their ears’ cilia hairs dying. This is not to say that it wasn’t beautiful music–the gentler, dreamier stuff off 2006’s Citrus sounded lovely, particularly Thursday…it was just that much of the noisier stuff off Hush, which I have yet to listen through, seemed much too loud for a club show.

One last thing…I might be alone on this one but it felt like the pace at which they tore through their set was unprecedented. I think what they were going for was a seamless sound without audible transitions from song to song–a noble shoegazey intention that ended up sounding like it was just another day at the office, at least to me.

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15 Responses to Concert Review: Asobi Seksu, El Mocambo, March 3, 2009

  1. Ricky

    definitely a hottie.

  2. Allison

    I know it’s like comparing apples and oranges but I still can’t get over how good that Deerhunter show was back in November at Lee’s. I think I will be forever comparing everything to that, and I fully admit it..

  3. sully

    Not huge into the Azns myself. Impressive voice, though.

  4. Allison

    Trust us, she was hot shiz. The prettiest front woman working today.

  5. Bryan

    Did you catch the opening bands? I’m trying to figure out who the band Bell is that is touring with Asobi Seksu right now.


  6. Ricky

    No we didn’t, one of our peoples was hungry so we went to Red Room for some Pad Thai

  7. Allison

    Hey Bryan,

    It looks like Bell is a New York based band…

    Looks like you can sample them here:

    They sound interesting to say the least. I like how everyone in the Brooklyn band scene seems to know each other.

  8. Ricky

    The Humphreys would approve.

  9. Allison

    That dress is hideous. It looks like a ruffled bubblegum lampshade, only worse, much worse. This dress manages to dwarf her breasts and widen her small frame into mumu-proportions on the bottom.

  10. Josh

    I like the dress and the Pad Thai was definately better than what the Bells sound like on their Myspace page.

  11. Allison

    Josh, your taste in music puts your taste in women’s fashion to shame.

  12. Ricky

    that girl is 14!! josh, you ped!

  13. Allison

    To Josh’s credit she looks at least 16.

    “The Criminal Code does not now criminalize consensual sexual activity with or between persons 14 or over, unless it takes place in a relationship of trust or dependency, in which case sexual activity with persons over 14 but under 18 can constitute an offence, notwithstanding their consent. Even consensual activity with those under 14 but over 12 may not be an offence if the accused is under 16 and less than two years older than the complainant. The exception, of course, is anal intercourse, to which unmarried persons under 18 cannot legally consent, although both the Ontario Court of Appeal(3) and the Quebec Court of Appeal(4) have struck down the relevant section of the Criminal Code.”

  14. Jaimie


    I just went to Asobi Seksu’s concert at UCSD. It was great, but do you guys know the name of the opening band? The three white guys? Thanks

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