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Japan Nite 2011 Spotlight: Music Review of Akirameruka? by Lolita No.18!
Akirameruka? is the latest offering from the Japanese all girl punk rock outfit … Lolita No.18. From 1989 to 2001, the original line up made a name for themselves by touring extensively and creating a lengthy discography. In 2002 after the rest of the band had moved on, lead singer Masayo recruited new members and began the next phase in the band’s odyssey.
Current band members:
- Masayo … Vocals
- Kick … Guitar
- Takochi … Bass
- To-Bu … Drums
Despite the changes in the band’s make up, Lolita No.18’s trademark sound, a mixture of squeaky cartoon-ish vocals and old school high energy pop punk, remains the same.
Unlike many Japanese bands Lolita No.18 continues to perform mostly in their native language. The album track listing is in Japanese as well, but they are Romanized here with some thoughts …
squeaky cartoon-ish vocals and old school high energy pop punk
1. Recording Violence, time … 0:41
A short frenzied audio burst = your wake up call.
2. Saraba, Seisyun No Setsuna, time … 2:52
More poppy than the rest of the tracks, with an extra helping of bass and a “bye bye” in English at the end.
3. OK People!!!!!, time … 2:31
A jaunty high speed sing-along tune.
4. Your are the weapon, time … 3:54
Best opening … 1, 2, 3, oi! Cool talking over music starts at 1:59. Title not a typo.
5. Daria, time … 3:17
Heavy bass Peter Gunn type intro, bratty background vocals.
6. Blue, time … 3:39
Would make a great cartoon show intro theme.
7. Kids! Can you hear this?, time … 3:10
Punk anthem with well crafted hooks.
8. Shippai Shonen, time … 2:00
Hardcore punk Lolita No.18 style.
9. Horyo Shyuyojo, time … 2:28
Think that there are some “F yeahs” in here, goes mad tea party starting at 1:48.
10. Kokoro No Bouz, time … 2:49
Infectious beat, hard not to tap along to.
11. The Great Rock’N’ Roll Sunshine, time … 5:22
Way too long, but a solid number. Ends well.
12. Last Song, time … 3:00
Slow country type acoustic number with a nice bit at the end.
RiceburnerFM recommends Akirameruka? by Lolita No.18.
Not sure what the title “Akirameruka?” means, (possibly some mix of Akira and America?)
but RiceburnerFM will translate it into “a lot of punky fun!”.
photo courtesy the benten label