I’ll be going out tonight with a friend of mine to see Bati-Holic, a Taiko Drum Rock Band. I have no idea what to expect, but I do like Taiko in general, so it can’t be too bad.

Depending on when I’ll be back, I’ll post a quick update later.

I’m back! It was… hard to describe. And great fun. And what I expected. And something totally different too. And did I already say I had great fun?

So yes, “Taiko Drum Rock” describes it perfectly. The basis of all their songs is in the taiko drums, three of the five members were always drumming away. Then there are an electric shamisen and a gottan to provide the “rock” part, plus a lead singer that was very much hard rock.

The atmosphere was relaxed in a very small club, and most of the visitors must have been fans for a long time already. I was surprised at the age spectrum, from a young kid that was probably one of the band member’s son to an elderly couple rocking away in the background, and everything in between.

I think I’m becoming a fan already! If you want to know what Bati-holic is all about, check out their website (in English and Japanese!) with lots of videos: