For someone who is easily categorised as being 大ファン、it sure took me quite awhile to see ベッド・イン perform live. Let me tell you something for nothing, those girls know how to put on a goddamn show. Seeing them perform is really interesting. Chan-Mai comes from a background deeply rooted in the Tokyo punk and metal scene, and it’s really obvious when you see her perform. I, also, have roots pretty firmly planted in the punk scene. As their show progressed, her punk history became more and more visually evident, just by her overall demeanour. As for Kaori, that girl can bloody sing. Like, I’m talking notes belted out and held right where they’re supposed to be. Picture Phi Phi O’Hara performing a cappella, on All Stars Season 2. Now imagine the exact opposite and that’s Kaori.
This is a bold statement, but it may be the best live show I’ve ever attended. Although, I am not going on the record having said that, so don’t go quoting me. We’ll say it’s an unofficial statement that has the potential to be changed, in the future.
I must give major thanks to my Tokyo BFF, and sustah, Chris Nodeisha. He knows how broke I am, and how real the struggle is, when it comes to the job-hunting lifestyle. He bought my ticket and I am over the moon thankful. After four years of friendship, we finally took a photo together that I don’t hate. Disliking photos of myself is second nature, to me. I can’t help it. But we look cute. Chis knows his angles, I’ve yet to find mine.
I did splurge and buy an official ベッド・イン folding fan, adorned with pink feathers. Not only does it match my ベッド・イン t-shirt, but I’ve decided that I’m bringing electroclash style back. I’m breaking my monochrome rule, and incorporating some neon pink into the wardrobe. I won’t lie, it’s a hard adjustment. Even as a pop colour I can’t help but feel a little tense when it comes to adding any colour to the monochromatic look I’ve diligently cultivated over the past decade.
I have also stumbled onto a new potential work position that might, who knows, work out. I had a headache, and should likely be sleeping. So, good night and enjoy some ベッド・イン、because how could you not?
Fun fact, Chan-Mai does that kick and she does it with conviction. Her shoe flew off. What a damn good night.
Chan-Mai has been known to play with the seminal Japanese punk bad, Guitar Wolf. Long and short of it, the girl can play. And she commented on my Instagram photo about seeing Chris and I. Apparently we made a lasting impression at the CD release for「男はイツだけじorゃない」。Sue me ❤️