Wednesday, August 8, 2007
This is a performance from one of my favourite band, The Brilliant Green. Times magazine rated them as one of the top 10 bands in the world outside US. Their albums are usually released in autumn-winter which is a good indication of their music styles. They draw alot of inspiration from the Beatles and play tunes ranging from pop-rock to whimsical rock. I can't say the lead singer Tommy (Tomoko) has the strongest 'live' performance abilities, but this video above demonstrates that she actually sings better with less noise and being seated lol, rather than go off-pitch like her TV performances (which by the way is much better than the lipsynching she does sometimes)
For the past 6 years Tomoko was concentrating on her solo releases 'Tommy February 6' and 'Tommy Heavenly 6' which are both short term projects but turned out to be massively popular. I am so glad Brilliant Green is back again finally after a 5-year hiatus. You wouldn't believe the horror I got when I first saw Tommy February 6's debut on Music Station. I've always liked her gloomy sombreness in the band but well I think it was a very strategic career move anyhow. And her good prediction that an 80s synthesizer revival was coming up (she did it way before any of the revival artistes did I think). The below video demonstrates my point:
I won't even delve on her Heavenly6 persona, just that it is rather punk Avril Lavignish which I don't really dig. She is 32 this year I think, amazing how she seems to look younger than a decade ago!