HIGHLIGHTS: Fuji Rock 2022, Day 2

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Fuji Rock 2022 on Day 2 – Saturday July 30 – did not fail to impress the crowd. Like on opening day, the festival offered an eclectic lineup for all types of fans.

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Here are the highlights from Day 2:

Bloodywood: Sonically intense, beautifully stimulating

Fusing the unique elements of Indian folk music with the fast-paced aggression and intensity of metal and rap, Bloodywood are a band looking to riot in the streets. Their songs serve as rallying calls for justice, equality and social conscience.

Warming up the green stage on a hot day, the band wasted no time in stirring the Fuji Rock crowd into a frenzy, playing many of their popular songs, such as “Machi Bhasad”, “Dana Dan” and my favorite, the emotionally charged “Aaj”.

Between the songs, tough singer Jayant and rapper Raoul spoke about some issues that continue to plague the world today, such as corruption, sexual abuse and racism. The band made sure to remind the audience throughout their set that these issues are very real and it’s up to each of us to do our part and fight back, together, no matter who we are or who we are. where we come from.

Currently on their “Nine Inch Naans” World Tour, Bloodywood have made sure their first performance in Japan is one for the books. It was not only sonically intense, but also beautifully empowering.ー Micah go

The Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra gets the crowd dancing on Day 2 at Fuji Rock. Photo by Micah Go/JAPAN

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra: playful and multi-layered music

How many groups have the power to get all generations up and dancing?

This was the atmosphere of the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra afternoon set at the Green Stage. The band have been around for many decades and over the years have scored gigs at major international events, such as Glastonbury.

To get everyone at Fuji Rock in the mood on July 30, the band kicked off with their ska-inspired 10-member songs that energized the crowd and had people flooding the field and waving their towels overhead. out of their heads as they sought to join the fun.

One moment, the trumpet; another, the trombone; the next moment, the bass – all taking center stage. And the playful nature of the ska-inspired band makes their music varied and multi-layered.

Eight years have passed since the group ー sporting their yellow suits ー last came to Fuji Rock, baritone Atsushi Yanaka warmly reminded the crowd.

Highlights include their hit ‘Oro’ and the irresistible ‘Paradise Has No Border’.

Yet, there was also time for a slow, key-centric song performed by Yuichi Oki. All in all, it was a fun event for the whole family.ー Arielle Busetto

Glim Spanky: the folk rock duo is back home

As guitarist Hiroki Kamemoto aptly told the White Stage audience, there’s no Fuji Rock without good rock music.

With that in mind, folk rock duo Glim Spanky sang on a wonderfully chilly afternoon as a rainbow appeared overhead on July 30.

Glim Spanky are Fuji Rock regulars, having even brought their satisfying guitar riffs to the Green Stage headliner in 2018.

In 2022, they brought a mix of different songs from their repertoire, including some from their new album, which is due out in August.

The duo also brought in some nostalgic vibes with a song singer Remi Matsuo wrote in college called “When I Become an Adult.”

Conversations with the audience were peppered, which added an aura of familiarity, reflecting the band’s close affiliation with the festival.

“Stay hydrated,” Matsuo said, while encouraging listeners two minutes later to chase their dreams. The rock duo returned to Fuji Rock.ー Arielle Busetto

Dinosaur Jr: a must for rock fans

Dinosaur Jr were one of the standout bands of the 90s indie rock scene. And it’s fair to say that here and now in 2022, they’re not a modern-sounding band. Still, the whole band on Fuji Rock’s white stage drew a surprisingly large and diverse crowd, from old-school fans like me to Gen Z festival-goers eager to check out these rock veterans.

Frontman J Mascis’ central trick remains the same: crank up the guitar really hard and crank out jaw-dropping guitar solos, which roared from his oversized stack of six Marshall cabins in the mountains of Naeba. The three band members huddled together at center stage for close-knit communicationーthey are a band first, performers second, and it’s their musical chemistry that has helped them last this long.

Bassist Lou Barlow is himself one of the best songwriters of the slacker generation, via his many other bands, including Sebadoh and Folk Implosion. Tonight, he took on vocals and guitar on recent song “Garden,” and his delicate, jangly strumming played in stark contrast to Mascis’ howling licks.

There was of course a lot of nostalgia for older fans. The ebb and flow of “Feel the Pain,” with its nonchalant verses bursting into a fast chorus before slowing down again. The country guitar lines and the beautiful pop heart of “Start Choppin”…. And, at the end, a cover of “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure ー because it’s not Fuji Rock without The Cure…. Dinosaur Jr may not be a modern band, but they’re still essential.ー Daniel Robson

Jack White performing in front of the crowd at Fuji Rock on July 30, 2022, Day 2. Photo by Micah Go/JAPAN Forward

Jack White: a rare set by a rare artist

From garage rocker to superstar, noisenik of the White Stripes to musical purist owner of a vinyl factory, Jack White has had a strange journey. But for the huge crowd that turned out to headline Fuji Rock’s main stage, he’s an icon.

Huge jumbovision screens on either side of the stage showed the action in black and white – a creative choice that did an excellent job of conveying White’s authentic rock ‘n’ roll worldview (albeit with the downside that we could’t see what colors his nice collection of oddly shaped custom guitars were).

Playing with an incredibly seasoned group of musicians, White has blended garage, blues and rock ‘n’ roll on songs from throughout his career. Songs like “The White Raven” and “Hi-De-Ho” offered a chance to dance, as he introduced the oddly romantic “A Tip From You to Me” explaining, “This song is in the key of D minor, which automatically means it’s a true story.

Through it all, White masterfully manipulated distortion, electrical signals, and other mechanics in his guitar to create heart-pounding sounds.

He also breathed new life into classic White Stripes songs, such as “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” and “Seven Nation Army”, which sound bigger, richer and more nuanced when played by a full band. . During a rendition of “Fell in Love with a Girl,” he momentarily cut the music so the audience could sing along to the chorus – a sea of ​​united voices. A rare set from a rare artist.ー Daniel Robson

Night Tempo: Turning Hits into Modern Classics

Hailing from South Korea, DJ and producer Night Tempo is credited with helping to create the Japanese urban pop boom of the 80s online.

In practice, the artist takes hits from the time and reissues them. And in Fuji Rock’s case, he performs in an hour-long dance set in front of a cheering crowd full of Gen Zs at the Red Marquee.

His set included reissued versions of Mari Takeuchi’s immensely popular “Plastic Love” and “Stay” featuring Miki Matsubara, which he transformed into modern classics.

Earlier on July 29, Night Tempo also played a set on their new project, Ladies in the city (2021), with original recorded lyrics sung by Sumire Uesaka, among others.ー Arielle Busetto

ZOMBIE-CHANG: Dancing like nobody’s watching

Playful, eccentric and shameless herself.

ZOMBIE-CHANG charmed the crowd with his unique style in the red marquee. Coming at 2:30 a.m., she further energized the crowd with some of her recent work, like “Stress” from her May 2022 album.

His songs are not afraid to bring a slightly ironic touch to everyday problems.

Born Meirin, ZOMBIE-CHANG addressed the crowd as she sat on a toilet prop on stage (a tribute to her latest album cover). “So guys, have any of you been feeling stressed lately?” she asked the audience.

She also sang the powerful “No to Ieru Yuki (The Courage to Say No),” which is a celebration of self-expression and self-kindness.

ZOMBIE-CHANG is careful not to take himself too seriously, however. His performance also includes songs such as “Ping Pong”, in which the staff members literally throw real ping pong balls into the crowd.

Above all, ZOMBIE-CHANG’s love for her craft infected the audience as she sang her lyrics, chatted with the crowd, and danced like no one was watching.ー Arielle Busetto


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Authors: Daniel Robson, Arielle Busetto, Micah Go