At this point, the "youth" in Eastern Youth may be a relative term -- the trio formed in Hokkaido, Japan, fifteen years ago and have been merging the Occidental and the Oriental ever since. Even if your only exposure to traditional Eastern music has been through the overhead speakers at a South Grand eatery, you can hear the traces of traditional Japanese melodies lilting alongside the crunch of guitars and the frenetic pounding of drums. And sure, go ahead and read the English translations to the songs in the liner notes, you cheater. But you're better off letting the experience soak in, realizing that the emotion and craft of Eastern Youth's music succeeds without a shared language.
Fulfill your cultural obligation for the month and watch Eastern Youth share the stage with Omaha's heavyweights Cursive and Seattle's experimental noise boys The Blood Brothers. And leave your Japanese-English dictionaries at home. The meaning may be lost in translation, but the effect is universal.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.