So-Cho Pistons – “Piston Bop Nite!!” (2014)

Dumb Records is a cool little record store / curry restaurant / bar located in Hiroshima, Japan. The music selection is relatively small, taking up maybe half of one wall. You can go through the whole thing in just a couple of minutes, and it’s all punk rock. I almost left without buying anything until the guy working there pointed me toward Piston Bop Nite!! and told me he as a member of the So-Cho Pistons (he’s the drummer and goes by the name Nass). That’s a pretty solid local connection so I figured, why not? And I’m glad I did because this is a fun record.

Piston Bop Nite!! is 14 tracks of blistering-fast, straight-ahead punk rock, a Ramones-esque sprint that probably doesn’t last much more than 25 minutes or so. Get in, rock, get out, repeat. I believe all he lyrics are in Japanese, though the lyric sheet insert has them all in English. I couldn’t find the album versions of any of these songs online, but YouTube has a handful of videos of their live performances, so go give ’em a listen if you like you some punk rock.

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