|Asobi Seksu / Darker My Love
September 30, 2006 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
by Katie Sauro
Asobi Seksu is known for its keyboard-based pop, reliance on reverb, and, of course, its Japanese influences—but who would’ve guessed that the New York quartet’s catchy hooks, paired with frontwoman Yuki’s adorably diminutive voice, could be so goddamned deafening? Shoegaze melodies and dreamy vocals aside, the sonic, soaring guitars and heavy rhythms were far louder than their albums could ever attest, transforming the charming chamber pop band into boisterous rock stars. Asobi’s set focused mostly on their sophomore release, Citrus, employing Yuki’s signature bilingual lyrics and high-pitched voice on songs such as “Strawberries” and “New Years.” Their effortlessly swooning cover of the Crystals’ 1960s-era hit, “Then He Kissed Me,” was probably the highlight of the night. Asobi Seksu is currently making its way back east, finishing up their U.S. tour.
One of the openers was San Fran-based four-piece, Darker My Love, who despite a fun, raucous set, was shown nothing but complete indifference by the crowd. I don’t understand it. People sitting down for a show with a band as good as Darker My Love on stage? I was practically the only one standing up until midway through the set when the band finally encouraged people to stand the fuck up. Well, I guess it’s everyone else’s loss, as I was treated to distortion-filled, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-influenced punk from the band’s recently released debut album. But people, you have another chance to make up for your moronic ways. Catch Darker My Love back in Seattle on October 24th at El Corazon.