Negative Space Gallery had yet another great event on Friday, September 9. This time it was a concert, featuring the Depaysement, a Japanese rock band. The Depaysement came together in Japan in 2009, and they kicked off their current U.S. tour with the show at Negative Space.
The Depaysement is a four-man band that has a hard-rock/heavy-metal sound. The group includes Maresuke Nishimori on drums, Hikaru Koyangi on bass, Satoru Koyangi on guitar and keyboards and Wataru Koyangi on sax and keyboards.
Negative Space had two opening acts, Dave Deitke and Baker’s Basement. Deitke usually plays with the band C-Level, but the other band members could not make the gig, so he played a solo show. He was terrific. He has a great voice, and is extremely talented. He opened his set by playing a cover of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It on Home to Me.” Deitke played acoustic guitar and sang. He then played an original song called “Tofu.” Next he played a version of “I Wanna Be Your Man,” which was about 50 percent cover version and 50 percent original song. He then played another original song on slide guitar. He then played a song he calls “Never Loved a Girl,” which is his funny take on Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You.” He closed his set with an original instrumental song called “Stomp.”
It was a fabulous, very entertaining set.
Deitke was followed by a duo called Baker’s Basement. The group features Adam Grindler on guitar and Kate Dedinsky on drums. Both musicians also sing. A few years ago, they played one of the first concerts at Negative Space. They performed eight songs, almost all of which were originals. The only cover they did was “Prince Ali” from the Disney filmAladdin. It was also great set, and it was very entertaining.
After Baker’s Basement, the Depaysement took the stage. All four musicians were dressed in yellow shorts, blue T-shirts and sneakers. The group had just arrived in the U.S. a couple of days prior to the concert, and they had a ton of energy during their set. The second song they played was called “Astronauts,” and Hikaru Koyangi, the bass player, introduced it by saying, “We are rock and roll astronauts!”
They performed about 10 songs, including “Poor Man’s House” and “In-N-Out Burger.”
It was another terrific night at Negative Space, and, as I have said previously, if you have not been there, you should definitely check it out. I think you will love it, especially if you like art or music.
Opening Band: Dave Deitke of C-Level
Opening Band: The Baker's Basement
Video clips and photo on this blog post by MANDEM, social media coordinator for Negative Space.