Thursday, April 13, 2017
Saturday Night Karaoke Japan Tour 2017 Journal Pt III
March 11th 2017
We actually had to be at Hill Valley Studio to gear up at 2.30 PM but we stepped into stupid crap at Inokashira Park. We got trapped watching stupid gaijin playing cheap magic tricks and he asked Tsubasa to be the volunteer and he just wouldn’t let Tsubasa away. We just stood there for like almost an hour and the gaijin just kept us there until we decided to run away. Stupid shit.
So we got off from that stupid magic show and went back to Shinjuku. The Felix! guys had to go to Hillvalley first to set things up. So we just decided to take a small break at our BNB before show time.
This show was pretty special since many people that I’ve met at previous shows actually came again to see us –or maybe to see other bands, I mean, come on, my band sucks. Right before the show I got to hang out with Tatsuro& Yasuda from Kritical Hit, but it ended up so fast because they needed to set up. They played first. Shit, I didn’t realize that time flew so fast that it was showtime already.
The Hum Hums was up next! They started their set with Back To Front and people started moving here. I got to listen to their 2 new songs for their upcoming 7” release. The songs were beautiful. I noticed they changed their playing style a little, their new songs sounded pretty power pop I gotta say, kind of different with their previous albums. Still, Maruko never fails me with his great songwriting and harmonies. So anyway, I got to play I’m Gonna Miss You with them here. With a guitar too. It was a scary yet exciting experience, even Maruko said that it was their first time to ask someone to play together like this. So yeah, I’m officially cool by doing that with them. I love you guys!
I finally got to see Felix! live here! They were great and they played many of my favorite songs, like Moe’s Tavern, I Saw The UFO even the new stuff like Job & Pop Punk Records. It was pretty cool that I finally saw them live after a long way of “friendship”. They also played the SNK cover for their last song. That song sounded a whole lot better when they played it haha!
At the middle of the karaoke madness session, Ogane from The CCS came to join the party! He was probably like the only one who was sober enough haha! So we ended the day by eating ramen together and waved goodbye. Because it was like the last time I would see Maruko & Ogane. They couldn’t come to the Yokohama show tomorrow. I was very grateful that I was able to hang and talked to them personally and made friends with them. I just can’t wait to see them again in a near future. Much love for them.
March 12th 2017
After a good morning laugh of dick and balls, we cleaned up a bit and the Felix! guys also packed their stuff because right after the Yokohama show, they had to fly back to Sapporo. So off we went to Yokohama, we hadn’t ate anything from the morning so we decided to get some snack and eventually, lunch as soon as we got off at Yokohama.
We got off at the Yokohama China Town and ate meatbun but we were still hungry haha! Kazuki wanted to eat yakiniku but it was too expensive for the rest of the guys we ended up at an all-you-can-eat Chinese Restaurant. It was fantastic. After that great lunch time, we went straight to the local train to reach our last gig spot of the tour, Olive Studio. Here’s a little fun fact for you, the place is owned by Asparagus’ drummer. How cool is that. Little by little, my punk rock dream could be fulfilled!
Olive Guy : I can’t believe that you actually listen to Captain Hedge Hog. Sachou (boss) must be surprised if he’s talking to you now
Me : Haha no way
Olive Guy : So I guess it must be you who took a picture with Shinobu a couple of days ago at Shimokitazawa Shelter right?
Me : Wait, how could you know that?
Olive Guys : Yappari ne, it was you. Everyone at 3P3B was talking about it. Shinobu told about it to everyone and they were blown away. They couldn’t believe there was an Indonesian who came to their show. You’re probably like the only Indonesian who talked to him and knows about many bands on 3P3B
Me : No way
*Seriously no way. I just couldn’t buy his words easily. But fuck it, the fact that Shinobu talked about me to his peers is cool haha!*
Felix played first. They really played a short set because of the time rush. They needed to get to the airport on time. Still they were great. They played efficiently. Even the crowd asked for an encore but they couldn’t do it because of time! Haha!
Grill Chicken played next, they played really energetic and fast. Some people said that they’re legend and they’re good. It was true they were good! Glad to see them!
Witchcraft Act was up next! This band shredded! I love how they played punk rock with traditional Japanese melody! So freaking cool. The lamps on the guitarist pick up was also a spot on! I wanted to buy their record but they said it was out of print so instead I traded some of SNK stuff for their only one-in-the-world shirt haha! It was like really printed for fun and it was only one. Now I have it!
By the way, from this point of time, there was this guy who always yelled YUFUUUUUUUUU everytime a song ended and always danced in a rock n roll way. It was the best moment of the show! Me and Kazu couldn’t hold our laughter everytime YUFUUUUU got into the air hahahaha!
After them, the almighty Sunny Branch was next! They rocked hard! Sounded similar to the record! I couldn’t help myself to sing when they played She Is Cute! My life rules sometimes! Also thanks to Shin for being supportive to me and SNK as well! Sunny Branch rules!
So the show was over, we hung out and talked a little more. I got to talk with Shin and Mii from Sunny Branch, they never thought that Indonesia had a band like SNK and even could communicate with them in their own language. They said that was great because not many bands from outside of Japan could pull out that kind of thing. I was very grateful to know that. So before I left the place, I hugged Hisashi and thanked him for caring about SNK music since the start. Thank you sensei!
We went home by train and it was quite a pack, Yoshi, Shin, Maeda and Kazu were along the way. On the train, I couldn’t keep myself from thinking that I just didn’t wanna the tour to end. But then again, it was that kind of feeling that always makes a tour is memorable. The arrival and the departure. Meeting new friends and people. Playing music every night. Get some silly things going on. Get annoyed once in a while. Touring is the most important part as a band, at least for me. And my ultimate dream of playing music had just ended.
We dropped at Shinjuku Station and said goodbye to everyone. It was kinda hard. Kazu walked us to our last stop of the tour, ramen stall. When we finally got to the ramen stall, he had to say his goodbye. It was sad for me. He was the one who always came to our show and took care of our silly asses. So we ate at the stall and he walked away home. When I was eating my ramen, I actually held my tears a bit because I just didn’t wanna go home and the tour was so much fun.
March 13th 2017
Last morning at Shinjuku...
We landed safely at Soekarno Hatta Airport and I contacted Kazu as soon as I landed and thanked him again.
So that’s my story. I feel so grateful and I definitely will come back again to Japan.
I still have many things to do there.
Including playing a show with Pelotan and meeting Makiko.
Why bother. Thanks everyone for reading.
- The photos are taken by the talented Bayu Rizki Purnama.Catch all his photoworks at
- We'll post the third part later so stay tune!