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Local Performance Of Global Sound: More Than The Musical In Japanese Hardcore Rock

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This chapter explores how the underground Tokyo hardcore scene is performed, first through examining several performances of songs by bands encountered in the scene in detail-Sports performing 'Bird', Jug performing 'Swell Head', and Music from the Mars performing 'Where it is'. The comparative discussion considers the significance of certain performative tropes, especially the use of different languages in lyrics, ultimately solidifying general characteristics of the performance of hardcore, while revealing the individuality of each band in expressing this music. The chapter then considers the 'extra-musical performance' of the scene in further detail, considering the additional aural, written and social expressions of the scene, through such varied items as homemade stickers to the constant presence of photographers. Such an approach expands the understanding of the unique nature of the underground Tokyo hardcore scene, considering in detail the most 'Japanese' aspect of the scene-how the global sound of hardcore is performed locally.

Keywords: extra-musical performance; global sound; local performance; musical performance; Tokyo hardcore scene



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