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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

keishiro iwatani band

Sporting a classic indie look and line up (floppy hair, two guitarists, bassist and drummer) the keishiro iwatani band opened the evening. However, the two laptops set up left of stage hinted at something more than skinny boys with guitars singing about how unfair everything is. From the first song k.i.b proved there was more to their repertoire than this and that those still in the bar upstairs were missing music of genuine quality. k.i.b connect with a number of indie rock touchstones - Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, and Sunny Day Real Estate (according to M - more about her later, and no, it's nothing to do with James Bond) amongst others, without ever sounding derivative. Rather than just paying homage to the groups and sounds we all know and love, they update them for the 21st Century, manipulating and reinterpreting them using the technology available to them (it's no coincidence that keishiro refers to himself as a guitarist/manipulator). I'll post any info I have about future shows as this is a band more people should be listening to.