While looking for some new songs from Ex-Hope of the states band 'The Northwestern', I managed to strangely come across this Japanese band called 'The Telephones' on youtube, they were performing a recent Itunes live session that I very much enjoyed because they seem to be one of those bands that go all out with there live performances.
So intrigued I checked out there latest album DANCE FLOOR MONSTERS:
So who are they, well there an electronic rock quartet with some catchy dance songs and most of there lyrics on this album are English (or what people call Engrish), which is quite rare considering that they haven't been promoted outside Japan.
The album starts off with with a strong entrance on what the albums about with 'D.A.N.C.E to the telephones' which pretty much sets you up for the rest of the album with the loop lyrics "Dance to the telephones, Dance to the music" reminding me of CSS's 'CSS Suxxx'.
Telephones also get funky with 'Baby,Baby,Baby' full of cowbell bass and with sounds like song title Britney Spears could make up, then you get struck with two heavy hit Discos 'Urban Disco' and 'Monkey Discooooooo' which keep a good pace of craziness although I've always wondered in the chorus of Monkey Discooooooo that weird synth sound is.
'Catastrophe' slows it down with claps and guitar and finishing fast with insane screams and some fantastic drums, then we come to up to my favourite which is 'Hopping Shower' which contains some fantastic soft acoustic guitar and catchy synth while at the end you can hear cheering in the background which is a good closure to the song.
Lastly I would like to talk about 'HABANERO' which is the last song of the album and quite unexpected at the start I thought it was a straight rave tune but its all broken up to combine it with rock, it kind of reminds me of The Rapture on how they mixed to make some good catchy rock-dance music with the album Echoes and this song reminds me of that.
In the end I would consider DANCE FLOOR MONSTERS as a beginners guide to J-rock, its a fun album to get to know the genre and they could be known as a great live band in the future with the likes of Polysics.
Now to get back looking for The Northwestern.