Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Dizzy Sunfist – Sulley

Via Tara, some Japanese pop/ska/punk for the season…


Mark Sinker: In the video the logo on singer-guitarist Ayapeta’s T-shirt says “LBGB”, which I didn’t recognise and wanted to decode (it’s in the old CBGBs font). Indonesian pop-punkers Human Idiots have a song by this name — which may of course be totally irrelevant. It’s a puzzle, and diving into it reminded me of long ago, scouring for anything about my beloved long-lost Mummy the Peepshow — except now you quickly end up with way more than you can process; endless youtube rabbitholes, baffling and hilarious google-translated interviews; lists of names in ads for shows in cities you’ve never heard of… Probably I should ask a cap-E Expert (there’s a LOT of Pacific Rim Pop-Punk), but the hunt is half the joy. I’ve learnt (a) a year ago Dizzy Sunfist were less kiddy-punk powerpop than this seems; that (b) Ayapeta has a near-feral grin, which adds something unsettling to the infectious fizz here; that (c) they can kinda play; that (d) Dizzy Sunfist is a terrific nom de guerre

Jer Fairall: The most aptly named band ever.

Patrick St. Michel: Bands like this are all over the Japanese live-music scene, and the recent boom in summer music festivals in the country means only more and more of these sort of acts are going to come up, as the demand for energetic sounds people can bounce around to rises. Unlike other fest regulars from the Caffeine Bomb roster, Dizzy Sunfist avoid drama or empty political flexing in favor of pure good times. “Sulley” is all lovey-dovey devotion and shout-along choruses, channeling all sorts of Japanese ska-punk bands without having to bust out a horn section.

Brad Shoup: Ska-punk, so loose and technical. It’s hard to have both, but it’s harder to hear this kind of thing anymore. Total posi approach over roll-filled breakdowns, Less Than Jake-style barre chords, and a points-for-trying chorded rockabilly solo. Give me horns and this wrecks the curve.

Katherine St Asaph: I own too many Dollyrots mp3s not to like this.

Alfred Soto: Their enthusiasm puts over this OK tune, and it’s easy to imagine this playing in Lucas Moodysson’s We Are the Best, albeit with the curse words substituting for “sulley.”

Megan Harrington: I require a heat so intense my eyeballs sweat if I’m going to unreservedly rattle my head to sunny ska-punk. I’m unfortunately in the midst of a summertime polar vortex, and “Sulley” ricochets past me on its way to the party. 

Hazel Robinson: I think I’d like to be the sort of person who a) owns a pair of jeans and b) likes this sort of music. It seems like a good time. I want to be totally into charming, sunny, all-girl ska’n’roll (or something?) groups who sound like a bottle of fizzy pop getting shaken up, I bet their knees aren’t too dodgy to go skateboarding and they can wear Converse without their feet curling up and dying. It’s straightforward and direct and, like buying one of those chequerboard belts and a few thong necklaces, it’s not pretending to be anything but a very particular identity. And it does it adorably, it’s not the song’s fault my heart is cold and charred and incapable of feeling excitement about having just totally got some Blink tickets, man.

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2 Responses to “Dizzy Sunfist – Sulley”

  1. Do they make post-Clueless teen movies in Japan? I refuse to believe that there isn’t a Kyoto-set version of Ten Things I Hate About You or She’s All That or Get Over it with this band playing this song in the final scene.

  2. Would like to contribute to the Kickstarter for above movie pls