NSR: Japanese Motors Break the SF SoCal Punk Embargo
I've never really taken to punkish music originating from southern California. When it comes to P.U.N.K. Rock! Rock! Rock! my tastes have traditionally pointed toward England, D.C., and New York. The one exception would be Social Distortion, although every time I see them live or read an interview with him I'm always on edge because I feel like you could say or do something ignorant enough to be a deal-breaker at any moment.
But right now I'm f*cking with this L.A. band called Japanese Motors. They're a new act from Costa Mesa and they're probably reviled by the L.A. punk establishment but they're getting the love out in Silverlake so I guess it all balances out. The video above is for "Brand New Everything" and captures their basic but engaging live show pretty well. The video below is for their new joint "Single Fins & Safety Pins"; summer's over but at least you fantasize about next year while watching this Gigdet-goes-to-CBGB's-and-gets-her-butt-pinched clip.