The San Francisco J Rock Meetup Message Board › Chibi Rari & Mary's Blood
Santa Clara, CA
Anyone ever heard of either band?
So in 2009 we went to see some Dempa music as part of 5 bands playing. Not really my thing but a friend wanted to see it. I'm there checking out the merchandise tables and I struck up a conversation with one of the members of the band Chibi Rari. It ends up he's the guitarist and he recognizes my shirt from a concert I went to a week before I went to Japan - Chickenfoot:
He doesn't know them, but he recognizes Joe Satriani on the shirt. He asks who the other people are and as soon as I say their name, it hits him and he names the bands they're from. He asked me "Wait, so music playing tonight, not THAT (points to shirt) type of music. Why are you here?""Ah... tomodachi... (waved at friend)" he understood, we laughed, I bought a CD to be polite. Cool guy.
We were just staying for the 2nd act but everyone was amazed "Kent made a friend!" so we stayed to see this band Chibi Rari. By then 1/3rd of the audience had Chibi Rari shirts/towels/fans/etc. on them. By the time they went on stage as the last band, place was now packed with people, 85-90% had Chibi Rari stuff on and they rocked the house. They were really fun live and I bought both their CDs and towel before we left.
My most recent trip to Japan I wanted to see if they were playing while I was there, but they weren't. They were doing a gig just after I left with a band called "Mary's Blood" - all female band. I hit up the one band member on twitter to ask if the band name came from the Nightwish song "Creek Mary's Blood" but it ended up being a play on the drink "Bloody Mary". Someone saw the tweet to me in English and contacted me via twitter. He bought me their only CD at the time and met up with me the first Saturday I was in Japan. He speaks great English via e-mail and twitter but in person, mostly Japanese. Luckily my friend Rick* and I were hanging out so Rick did all the interpreting/talking to him in Japanese. :)
I really like the Mary's Blood CD and would love to see them live if I ever get the chance to. I enjoy listening to it while working out in the gym.
Has anyone heard/known of either of these bands before? Anyone a fan? :)
* Rick = Richard Frankum - lived in Japan for the last 10 years. Back when he lived in the Bay Area in the mid 90's got me hooked on Luna Sea (with their Lunatic Tokyo concert laserdisc) and when he worked at Sun shortly after that created the first English J-Rock Mailing List on the Internet.
Edited by Kent on Aug 12, 2012 5:12 PM