Gito Gito Hustler, Bolth, Up! Scumbag, Highway Magic 

The Underground, Harrison Center for the Arts
Monday, Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m., $7, all-ages

While Canada is famous for producing lame, watered-down versions of American bands, Japan is secretly producing crazy, over-the-top versions of American bands. For instance, fans of Devo will go bonkers for The Polysics and fans of the Suicide Machines will lose control of their bowels when they hear Coquettish. In this regard, fans of the Bangles and Joan Jett will fall head-over-heels in love with Gito Gito Hustler.

Tokyo’s Gito Gito Hustler has been dominating the three-chord punk scene in Japan for the past few years, but has only recently begun to export their product to the United States. It’s sloppy and it’s fuzzy; it’s noisy and it’s loud, but most importantly, it’s fun. Like most Japanese bands that sing in English, the vocals are indecipherable (so they might as well be singing in Japanese). But that doesn’t matter as much as a well-placed and unmistakable “Hey-Ho!” or a “Na Na Na Na Na!”

The Underground will provide a perfect venue for the band, as its all-ages status permits a broader, rowdier fan base to attend. Despite the almost anime-cuteness of the all-girl band, they are not to be written off as a novelty act; these girls can write pop-punk songs like nobody’s business. Fans of Screeching Weasel, The Queers and The Ramones should take note of Gito Gito Hustler, as well as everyone else.

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