San Diego is a great place to see live music, but there isn’t always a synth-heavy, eccentric, Japanese spaz-punk band around when you need one. In a gracious effort to fill that void, Tokyo natives Polysics will be playing the Casbah on January 30th.
Citing Devo as a major influence, Polysics are truly a sight to behold. With their orange jumpsuits, science fiction glasses, and synchronized robotic movements, the hyperactive quartet put on one of the most bizarre and exciting shows around. The band’s self-described “technicolor pogo punk” is a thrilling spectacle, made all the more enthralling by front man Hiroyuki Hayashi’s boundless enthusiasm and slippery grasp of the English language.
The San Diego show is one of the first dates in a cross-country tour that holds special significance for the band. In addition to promoting their new album, Absolute Polysics, the group is celebrating its tenth anniversary as a band. But the festivities will unfortunately be bittersweet; the US tour will be the final one with longtime keyboardist Kayo, who is set to leave the group in March.
Polysics’ music is some of the most energetic, unbridled stuff around, but they may meet their match with the opening band: San Diego’s own Beaters. Comprising Jeremy Rojas, Andrew Montoya, and Aldo Bustos from Ale Mania and the now-defunct The Sess, as well as Craig Barclift from The Powerchords and Cuckoo Chaos, the band has been the subject of much buzz since forming last year.
The show is an early one, with doors opening at six, so get there early to see the two bands vie for punk rock supremacy.
Polysics Tour Dates:
Jan 30 2010 The Casbah San Diego, California
Feb 2 2010 Plush Tuscon, Arizona
Feb 3 2010 The Rhythm Room Pheonix, Arizona
Feb 5 2010 The White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Feb 6 2010 The Independent Austin, Texas
Feb 7 2010 The Loft Dallas, Texas
Feb 9 2010 The Firebird St. Louis, Missouri
Feb 10 2010 Double Door Chicago, Illinois
Feb 11 2010 Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Feb 12 2010 Musica Akron, Ohio
Feb 13 2010 The Gramercy Theatre New York, New York
Feb 14 2010 The Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Feb 16 2010 The Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, Washington DC