Japanese band Sans Visage yells at Pinoy fans


Japanese band Sans Visage’s Kouki Higuchi, Yohei Kamiyama and Kou Nakagawa with their debut album “Moments”, just before performing in front of Filipino fans. Photo provided by the author

MANILA – The three members of the hardcore howling Japanese group Faceless all look like unpretentious college kids on a science project. In fact, they would fit perfectly into a Japanese version of Netflix’s retro hit “Stranger Things.”

Drummer Kou Nakagawa laughs and enjoys the comparison. “We’re all nerds,” he confessed.

Even before the Tokyo-based Sans Visage hit the Philippine coast for a three-concert series, their reputation as a livewire band preceded them.

“They are like (recent visitors to Manila and American band) Massa Nera where the three members (Nakagawa, guitarist Yohei Kamiyama and bassist Kouki Higuchi) sing,” noted Darwin Soneja of the production group Sleeping Boy Collective who, with Counterflow Productions shares the same ideas. brought Faceless to the Philippines.

“And like Massa Nera, they are even better live than on their record.”

Kamiyama smiled at the applause.

Sans Visage released their debut album “Moments” in 2018 on independent labels Dog Knights Productions and Asian Gothic after two separate albums with an assortment of bands. “Moments” has garnered rave reviews from nearly every rock music magazine and site worthy of the name.

Once again, the three Japanese musicians remain humble. “It’s good to know that people love our music,” Kamiyama smiles.

Screamo music is an aggressive emo subgenre heavily influenced by hardcore punk and characterized by the use of shouted vocals. The music and screams of Sans Visage are perfect. Not too hard ; melodic even.

Screaming is used as a form of therapy for those who have these pent up emotions within them. Indeed, in Japan, a screaming festival in Yufu, Oita prefecture was organized with more than a hundred participants. A “crying vase” is sold to the public where one shouts in a jar but the cry is inaudible because of the sound in the void.

The group laughs at the screams and its practical uses.

“Our music,” Nakagawa noted, “deals with topics of depression, loneliness and frustration. “

“Music is a perfect outlet for our frustrations,” Kamiyama added. “Instead of doing something destructive or something we might regret, we channel everything through music. And we are grateful that our music is not only appreciated by others, but also because it helps them. “

Last Sunday, May 5, at 123 Block along Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong City, as at the previous two concerts at Noise Garage in Manila and Hardcore Hope Hall in Batangas, the trio raged and screamed at the death of the light. to raving Filipino fans.

A relieved and sweaty Nakagawa said after the show, “It’s great to know that we have fans outside of Japan, especially here in Manila. Music is indeed an international language.


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