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Dynamite Club

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
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"Music Review: Dynamite Club - Fusion Era"

So this is what insanity sounds like…
Formed in 2001, the aptly-named Dynamite Club features guitarist and vocalist Kentaro Saito from Tokyo,
drummer and vocalist Mike Pride from Brooklyn, and current bassist (the band’s eighth!) Evan Lipson. This bi-
continental trio has forged an identity through the fires of the New York and Tokyo scenes to come out as one of
the most unique noise rock bands in recent memory.
Their latest release, Fusion Era, finds Dynamite Club launching into a preposterous 12-track set highlighted by
abnormal flashes of funk, bursts of noise, SOAD-esque rock segments, and intervallic sections of puzzling ex-
Like most noise rock, it’s pretty senseless to divide it up into palatable segments. Fusion Era is not a record that
is scanned or divvied up into tracks for analysis, although there are many great moments worth highlighting. As
an album, it stands as a whole work of art. It may be a deafening, hectic, infuriating work of art, but Dynamite
Club has created something special here.
All but two of Fusion Era’s tracks run under the two-minute-mark, with several running under a minute. Bleats
of noise, strewn shards of rhythm, blasts of guitar, unstructured soloing, and warped bass suffuse each track
with madness. Saito’s shouts, screams, wails, and affectionate anarchy bring the fucking house down.
For many people, Fusion Era simply won’t work. Noise rock is a risky genre. I happen to love it, but many of
my friends simply can’t grasp what I find to be “beauty in chaos.”
Still, Dynamite Club is, at times, as undemanding as any other Japanese rock band.
Take the appropriate “Japanese Song” as an example. Saito begins singing over a standard J-pop set-up, but
quickly loses the grain of the song and meanders off into a distorted blend of fuzz, wrecked instruments, and
clattering percussion. Towards the end of the song, Saito and the rest of the Club picks up the beat again and
tries to round the song out. It all sounds riotously like a bad television performance.
For the most part, however, Fusion Era finds Dynamite Club making lots of jubilant noise. Deconstruction
works as a theme, as songs begin with eagerness but quickly overturn into psychosis (“Cow Fat”). Others take
the noise and convert it to something funky (“www.porno.net”). And still others take a windy, haunting road to
their final resting place (“Eye Like to Watch”).
Dynamite Club’s Fusion Era is an album that is as much about the deconstruction of sound as it is about the
construction of noise. Songs bray and lament over hard guitars and fucked-up vocals, giving things an exasper-
ating edge. Some, like me, will find beauty in the chaos. Others will simply sit, flabbergasted, and wait for the
blasted exercise in “art” to be over and done with. - BC Blogcritics Magazine Music, wriien by Jordan Richardson

"Review/ Dynamite Club: "Fusion Era""

Dance and scream: A bloody, messy, martial and masochistic musical melange
Okay, so Dynamite Club are neither the most eloquent, the most refined, the most tasteful nor the most beautiful
band around. When group members really take their time, tracks will be two-and-a half minutes long. If they
don’t, they’re half a minute long. Their songs are called “www.porn.net” or “Besame My Love” – we’ll leave the
details of lyrical content to your imagination.
To dig up a good old chliched proverb, however, the music is what counts and the Dynamites have quite a bit to
show for it. Their blend of Jazz, chilled-out Cocktail tunes, slapped Funk licks, Grindcore and Deathmetal is both
a bloody, messy, martial and masochistic musical melange as well as a trivial, twisted, technically virtuoso
tantrum and it is furiously fast and fericiously entertaining.
It is the combination of these different and divergent elements into a coherent and surreally charming cocktail
which turns “Fusion Era” into a welcome diversion from daily worries: Put it on, pull up your stereo to maximum
volume for twenty minutes and dance and scream on top of your lunges until everything makes sense again.
The pleasures of dabbling in deconstruction and mindblowing noise certainly enjoy priority above structural com-
plexity or smart, minutely fine-tweaked arrangements here. What counts is not how much food for thought may
be contained in these notes, but how much energy you can draw from them. Besides, in an interview, the band
have already made it be known that they care little for starting fully fleged theoretical debates in the press: “Don’t
know if our music is serious enough to warrant an offensive misunderstanding.”
By Tobias Fischer
Homepage: Dynamite Club
Homepage: Caminante Recordings
By Tobias Fischer, published 2008-09-12 - www.tokafi.com

"A Completely Different Chicken"

With an extremely energetic and experimental sound, death metal growls, and a song with lyrics
that literally just spout off pi to at least the 50th decimal, Fusion Era falls just on the awesome side
of ridiculous. And with twelve songs in less than 20 minutes, the fat has been cut off, leaving you
with ample time to listen to shittier records.
RATING: THREE STARS - DYNAMITE CLUB – FUSION ERA (Caminante Recordings) October 2008

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Dynamite Club makes irreverent, bizarre, and at times obscene or disturbing noisy rock. This is
along some of the same lines as early Boredoms hardcore with a splash of prog (guitar lines and
rhythms are at times pretty complex). The vocalist gives a distinctly ESL edge to the weird-out
Interesting: 3 (treatment of the reading of the digits of pi), 6 (a satirical prod at jazz fusion), 9
(longest - Mike Patton style disturbing spaz composition) - Dynamite Club - "Fusion Era" TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008


Dynamite Club goes through bassists like Spinal Tap goes through drummers. Though none of Dynamite's
bassists have died (the closest call being a fall off a cliff in Taiwan), Evan Lipson is the eighth in the trio's
seven-year history. He splits duties with Jesse Krakow (Number 7) on Fusion Era (Caminante). Founded by
drummer Mike Pride and guitarist Kentaro Saito, who split vocal duties, the group is a hardcore madcap,
veering recklessly between punk bashing, lounge-jazz pastiche, thrash-metal riffing and simple insanity.
—Shaun Brady
Sat., Nov. 1, 8 p.m., $10 ($8 w/ costume), with DMBQ, AIDS Wolf, Us Girls, Birds of Maya and Satanized,
Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., myspace.com/dangerdangergallery. - Dynamite Club

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January 14, 2009 by David Smith
Category: Albums (and EPs)
Dynamite Club crosses The Minutemen with Dazzling Killmen on the 20-minute Fusion Era, and the results will
either frustrate or delight you. Either way, you’ll have to appreciate the musicianship.
Members of the trio have been affiliated with John Zorn (no surprise), Fast n Bulbous (name presumably taken
from the Captain Beefheart song — again, no surprise), and MDC (OK, a little surprising). The spastic bursts of
mania that characterize Dynamite Club’s primal math-rock sound have predecessors going way back, but a lot of
those earlier bands took themselves more seriously than does this band. Then again, there are plenty of bands
who do what Dynamite Club does because they’ve gotten bored with music that’s predictable and they just have
to laugh. Music can be sarcastic without any lyrics.
These songs just go all over the place but center around tight drum/guitar synchronization. If a song has a few
seconds of funk or blues or near-metal, you have to wait only a few more seconds before it gets back to Hella riff-
ing where every guitar note gets a snare hit and a few cymbal smacks thrown in between runs. These guys
change tempo and time signature like they’ve forgotten their Ritalin.
The screaming and growling in the vocals don’t seem at all threatening — probably aren’t meant to, either. The
discernable lyrics seem to have more to do with parody than aggression, despite the tone. Bonus points also for
enlisting producer/engineer Don Fury, but maybe a few points off for the (again, sarcastic) CD artwork just be-
cause it hurts the eyes. But then I guess the point is to create a visual assault to go with the sonic assault,
maybe? - Dynamite Club - Fusion Era


This trio of New Yorkers: Mike Pride, Evan Lipson and Kentaro Saito respectively, joined forces to create Dynamite
Club, an extra spicy hot sauced taco filled with Noise rock madness, jazz arrangements and grindcore power. Invit-
ing noise rock legends such as John Zorn and Keiji Haino among others as guests, their work is a strange psyche-
delic and unstable preparation, so be cautious whenever you experience this. The cd lasts for just 19 minutes in a
row, so you may expect the typical grinding velocity in some of the songs like the introductory “Cow Fat” that start
with a punk-hard rock solidified intermezzo that explodes in a mad frenzied fuck wit grind noisy blast, more bizarre
than furious, full of grunts and rapid riffs that reminds from all those tongue in cheek grindcore acts from the mid
“12 questions for the psychedelically impaired” takes a more hardcore approach, similar to Cryptic Slaughter in
sound, dried drums, fast raspy vocals blurting with twisted lyrics: “”do you have a pussy on your hands”, “Is your
feet flat?” in a relentless succession of chaotic madness. The work shows its more experimental side, exposing this
acid noise jazz side that characterize their sound in subsequent songs: “www.porno.net” starts as a jazzy jamming,
with groovy riffs that narrates the infinite orgasmic possibilities that the www can proportionate to its clients, what-
ever their means are. The crazy punk rant on “p” is another of this many personalities from this band, a continuous
enumeration of the numbers that constitute the p encapsulating sudden rhythm changes that jumps into jazzy inter-
ludes accompanied by weird single chorus repeating this dumb “lo-lo-lo”. Nevermind they are silly and crazy often,
maybe both.
Each of the songs gingerly preserves this acid feeling and schizoid rhythmic temporality, especially induced through
the guitar riffs and commanded by their rhythmic changes, the drums seconds them by speeding or applying the
brakes all of sudden, grabbing the listener from its hairs from their acidic blast off dirges to more melodic jazz based
outbursts so you better take your head firmly with your hands or you’ll lose it, beheaded by this funny madness. To
compare this jazz punky conformation and somehow identify his whereabouts we may cite that singular song from
the dead Kennedy’s “We got a bigger problem now” with its jazzy bass/guitar bend, slowed down and then proceed-
ing with riff acidifications and whipping the velocity through the drums (this aspect is especially noticeable in the
title song “Fusion Era”. Well, it is kind of similar, only more acid and grinding in the vocal section and less impli-
cated in logic plots too, lyrically and musically, as the guitar not necessarily follows rhythm pattern logic for the lis-
tener’s choice and the lyrics may leave you clueless with its psychotic rants.
The musical section is not dedicated to virtuosity, rather is a tongue in cheek fascination, uncompromised attitude
and fun. Lyrics although not discernible because of the often grind noisy pronunciation reminds as an incognito that
gets resolved whenever you read them in the booklet, they are weird, horny, perverted and simply foolish. As the
band labels theirselves this is Hyper dense, blast off noise rock with humorous attitude, humorous not ridiculous
though, as their lyrics and music have a quote of seriousness amidst the psychedelic and extravagant tongue in cheek
So one may believe Dynamite Club would be a band that just a few number of fans will take seriously, but they have
a huge fan base and are enough busy to not have a free agenda for three consecutive years! Touring with important
acts such Akimbo, and travelling half North America playing and partying through and with their music. Psychoti-
cally insane and unstable but unredeemable funny, their music stands as a non compromised commitment that we
should take seriously indeed as their entries can keep us entertained and to suggest more than one thing with their
mad innuendos.
Very imaginative lyrics are constructed on the never ending possibilities that jazz experimentation can give, they
will have enough time and future attempts to construct more of these schizoid pieces to entertain us. Weird to go! - Dynamite Club - Fusion Era Thursday, January 01 2009 @ 01:00 AM PST Contributed by: Jack The Rippe

"Review: Dynamite Club - Fusion Era [2008]"

Japan and New York team up for a noise rock jamboree courtesy of Dynamite Club and their latest 12-track so-
journ FUSION ERA. Channeling a slew of System of a Down, Frank Zappa and Mike Patton’s finest moments
while blessed with the capacity to turn delightful pop melodies into near death metal experiences at the drop of
a dime without sounding forced, FUSION ERA embraces the chaotic spirit of hardcore punk while remaining
heavily steeped in the freewheeling nature of the theatre of the absurd. Lyrics such as the ones found on “Eye
Like to Look” and “Besame My Love” are borderline disturbing when read, but add the calculated cacophony
and disjointed delivery audible from such gems as “12 Questions for the Psychedelically Impaired” to the equa-
tion and the ridiculousness not only matches beautifully but actually begins to make sense. Those not inclined
to take a trip to the more adventurous side will loathe this disc’s entire 19:33 runtime, but for those in need for a
quick fix of crazy, you can’t go wrong with the madness associated with FUSION ERA.
www.dynamiteclub.com -Mike SOS - www.gearsofrock.com


"The Legend of Tiger Mask"
Debut full lenth album 2002

"It's Deeper Than Most People Actually Think..."
2nd full lenth
CMJ#2add (CMJ alart issue no.895 Jan17,2005)
CMJ#120 on Radio 200 (CMJ alart issue no.897 Jan31,2005)

"Fusion Era"
3rd full lenth album 2008 from Caminante Recordings



Dynamite Club was formed in 2001 in NYC by guitarist/
vocalist Kentaro Saito (Tokyo) & drummer/vocalist Mike
Pride (Brooklyn). The current bassist, Evan Lipson is the
bands 8th (previous bass players have quit, been fired,
disappeared and, notoriously and honestly, fallen off a cliff
in Taiwan). Somehow, through all of these changes in bass
personnel, Dynamite Club has maintained its identity as one
of the most outrageous, energetic and unique rock bands to
come out of the florid NY & Tokyo scenes.
Dynamite Club has 2 full length CDs out: The Legend Of
Tiger Mask (2002 Big Sleep Records) & It's Deeper Than
Most People Actually Think (2004 Funhole Records);
1 CDep: "S" (2004 Funhole Records); and is on 4
compilations that they know of. Dynamite Club even put
out a VHS (Live @ Knitt (2002 Mo Discount Video)) back
when people knew what that was.
Dynamite Club's new CD FUSION ERA comes out on
Caminante Recordings in the Fall of 2008. Fusion Era was
produced by Pride and Saito with hardcore producer/
engineer legend Don Fury (Helmet, Quicksand, Victory
Records artists, 108, MDC, etc.) whom Pride met while
working with MDC from 2002-2005. Fusion Era is Dynamite
Club's most ferocious and honest record yet. Where their
previous albums were deep on studio experimentation &
destruction, Fusion Era is conceived as a record for the fans
who love to come out and see Dynamite Club play live -
kicking out the jams faster, harder and with more energy as
each year passes - and contains absolutely no studio trickery,
very few overdubs (only two, in fact), and at under 20 mins.
is endlessly listenable, exciting and surprising.
Dynamite Club have toured the US dozens of times, Japan
and Taiwan, Europe and Australia and enjoy an energetic and
enthusiastic fan base throughout.
Dynamite Club have reached both the top (#5) and bottom
of CMJ charts.
The members of Dynamite Club have played with or are in
the following bands:
Haino Keiji, MDC (millions of dead cops), Ruins, Shutter To
Think, NORMAL LOVE, Time Of Orchids, SATANIZED, Pak,
Fast n Bulbous, Anthony Braxton/Sonny Simmons Sexet,
John Zorn, Aarktica, PERIOD, Secret Chiefs 3, Whoopie Pie,
Otomo Yoshihide, Nels Cline, Trevor Dunn, FROM BACTERIA
TO BOYS & many more.
For Dynamite Club, the future holds a full 6-8 week North
American tour in the fall of 2008. Tours in Europe, Taiwan
and Japan will follow.
The band will also be presented in some limited
engagements as a duo (bassist Lipson joining vocalist/
drummer Pride) throughout the year as guitarist Saito
resides in Tokyo with his family most of the time, recently.
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