This Japanese duo juxtapose stripped down instrumentation
(guitar and drums), with vigorous song structure, polyrhythmic splatter,
and artful overload, resulting in a form of punk rock which has been
buried under a decade of shameless ‘punk’ marketing techniques, and
manufactured music. Its a punkesque ‘fuck you’ to method and control,
yet there’s a precision buried here as well – an almost “math” twist,
which will let the listener know that 2UP is anything but novice.
Roaring through sixteen jagged, misshapen
pieces of punk rock in less then 30 minutes, Tokyo’s 2UP sweat and
wiggle wildly. Teenage Mondo Trash will bring to mind the lost art
of punk-house energy and screwball spirit.
It’s a puzzling and overwhelming experience to say the least. Tetsunori’s
guitar and vocal work are parallel in execution, delivering a dizzying
mix of madcap non-sequitors and tonally varied bits of debris. This
also overflows into the lyrical pool as well. With lyrics like “Is
everything okay about wiener coffee?” and song titles like ‘Sauce’,
‘Rope’, ‘Hammer’, and ‘Mop’, it’s apparent that 2UP are always teetering
on the brink of absurdity.
The two members of 2UP, Tetsunori Tawaraya and Keiichi Nakano, have
a rich past in the Japanese hardcore scene. Keiichi (on drums) was
the old bassist for legendary Japanese thrash band, Total Fury, while
Tetsunori currently plays in a second band while he’s visiting friends
in San Diego, called Dmonstrations (SAF Records). He is also heavily
involved in the experimental art scene, designing, painting and creating
amazingly illustrated comic books.
In Tetsunori’s own words: “great move is always behind of bright invention.
we always forget this. thousands years ago, when a person was looking
at a piece of string, playing with it, suddenly it got tied up. he
is like "oh shit." he must be shocked. he must be stoked!
2UP thought this image has to be describe in our music. there are
so many small action that we never remember or record in human history.
2UP suggests a sound that you can re-experiment primitive emotion
forgotten side of human evolution. with guitar, voice, and drums.
when you hear ROPE, you could see what to do now. here, tight your
"From the most eclectic
record label my side of the Canada-USA border comes 2UP, a
Japanese band who aim to take that Guitar Wolfy punk rock explosiveness
to an even more depraved level. Sixteen songs in under sixteen minutes,
with no apologies made. The recording is as crisp as it can be, given
the ruckus these guys have come up with. Despite the abrasive nature
of this record, and the lack of easily-graspable melody, though, I
find it strangely addictive. It has an undeniably intense feel, but
also an aura of absolute coolness. The band's philosophy may be primitive
but that just makes it inherently exciting. So bend over and let Teenage
Mondo Trash rock you. You may be a lot of things after this record,
but disappointed is certainly not one of them." -
"Japanese punk/hardcore band 2UP’s album
Teenage Mondo Trash screams through sixteen songs in less than sixteen
minutes, and because of this, comes off as brief pulses of chaotic
noise followed by a few seconds of silence that are the track breaks.
The best tracks, like “Sirloin”, take advantage of this, using silence
within the track, delineating different thematic ideas separated by
brief pauses: towards the end of the track, things come together,
and you’re amazed that such a development can happen over the course
of a minute. It’s caustic and chaotic music, not for the faint of
heart—Be Your Own Pet made the real deal: spazzed-out, stressed-out,
frenetic and unrelenting. The singer, Tetsunori Tawaraya, screams
over the top in an incomprehensible screech—whether it’s Japanese,
or English, or a mixture of both, who knows. His vocal style is shredded,
as he interrupts a more conventional punk tenor with screeches of
falsetto screaming in almost every 40-second burst of song. The production
is raw to the point of non-existence, and the whole thing sounds authentically
amateur. Still, it’s the longer tracks like “Torepan” that have more
room to breathe, to expand a little into their ideas and, ultimately,
offer the listener more. Experience Teenage Mondo Trash as a fifteen-minute
onslaught the first time; the second, third and fourth, appreciate
the rigorous craft that has produced complex polyrhythms and interesting
structures within these micro-song forms." -
"2UP is one of those bands that lovers
of “difficult music” should appreciate, based on their trash punk
aesthetic and anti-songcraft approach. Stripped down to a barebones
duo of guitar and drums, with maniacal, improvised sounding vocals
on top--and with each song clocking in at a minute or less--2UP deliberately
limit themselves in both their music’s content and form."
- Urban Pollution