Warm Steel
(2007.08.04 / 02:39:56 /FIELD OF HEAVEN)

Hot Shots
(2007.08.04 / 02:09:28 /POW)

On the Ropes
(2007.08.04 / 01:22:11 /POW)

Off the top of my head
(2007.08.04 / 00:13:47 /OTHER)

Feel Childish
(2007.08.04 / 00:00:00 /OTHER)

Mile-High Club
(2007.08.03 / 23:46:02 /WHITE STAGE)

The Chemical Brothers
(2007.08.03 / 15:05:21 /GREEN STAGE)

Chroméo
(2007.08.03 / 10:53:12 /RED MARQUEE)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
(2007.08.03 / 10:48:04 /RED MARQUEE)

The Beastie Boys
(2007.08.03 / 00:44:55 /GREEN STAGE)

Soul Flower Union
(2007.08.02 / 23:40:43 /FIELD OF HEAVEN)

Infernal Varanne's Globe of Death
(2007.08.02 / 21:38:45 /POW)

Nikujaga
(2007.08.02 / 10:37:14 /POW)

Seti And Futaba With Tabla Kwaiesa?
(2007.08.02 / 09:43:26 /OASIS AREA)

Peter, Bjorn and John
(2007.08.01 / 21:48:46 /RED MARQUEE)

Soul Flower Union

Reaching The Heavens

Soul? Well, their music sounds soulful to me, so check. Flower? The woman singing back-up looks like she is wearing a yukata with flowers on it, so, yep, that’s a check, too. Union? There are seven people playing music together, so that’s one last check. Looks like this Osaka act cover all the bases of their chosen handle.

Veterans of the J-rock scene, the septet had little trouble convincing a large crowd to muscle their way through a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd of Battles’ fans at White Stage and head for Field Of Heaven on Sunday night. Combining rock, blues, and folk with elements of world and traditional Asian music, Soul Flower Union were in fine form during their 70-minute concert.

Politically minded band leader Takashi Nakagawa, who wore a “No Base Henoko” t-shirt protesting the plan to build military bases in Henoko, Okinawa, and Hideko Itami each added a little musical variety to the set by trying their hands at different instruments. Nakagawa plucked away on an electric guitar and an Okinawan musical instrument called a sanshin. Itami played bouzouki and percussion instruments.

Performing selections from their back catalogue while fans swayed and sang to the rocking sounds, Soul Flower Union had the entire field raising their hands to the heavens during one song creating a powerful, unifying moment.


Reported by shawn (2007.08.02 / 23:40)