One of my favorite Japanese hardcore bands ever. Right up there after Bastard and Gauze. When my Japanese friends were booking my old band the Oath to tour Japan for 10 days he asked me with whom we wanted to play. Warhead were at the top of my list, and Kenji made my wishes come true. I had a mostly terrible time in Japan for numerous reasons, but seeing these guys was a high point. This is prior to them ever playing outside of Japan.
When we got to the gig the members of warhead were already there, making jokes to one another, obviously about us. Japanese show tradition is that everyone sound checks, and sorta plays a few songs for the other bands in a form of respect (I think)... its sorta weird, but you get used to it after a while. The backline is provided by the club, so everyone plays out of the same amps, and drums. The bands just bring their guitars, and cymbals. We showed up late or something, and somehow missed Warheads sound check, so I think there was some early tension. The singer and drummer were really scary dudes. Older Japanese punks who had obviously been around forever and didn't fit in with Japanese social culture at all. I felt like they were the first true Japanese punks we had come across over there. The guitarist was obviously a junkie. The bassist looked nice enough though. At any rate no one had told me that these older Japanese bands didn't want to be photographed or video taped while gigging. Well that led to trouble right off the bat. I was right up front when WH started playing... the singer was going apeshit, then noticed me shooting video or photos and rushed over to me and started screaming in my face in Japanese, then using his finger on his neck motioning for me to cut it. It took another audience member to relay this to me, and let me know that it wasn't cool and to stop. I sorta did, though i think I tried to stealthly take some shots. I'll post some in this upload, although they are crappy due to the earliest of digital cameras.
By the end of the night we went out to eat and drink with Warhead... I ended up bonding with the bassist(talking about hard rock). Everyone was shit faced drunk and became friends. End of my Warhead story.
Dinner with Warhead
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