Last Saturday night at Terminal 5 in Manhattan, the London-based, Japanese acid-punk band Bo Ningen electrified the crowd as support act for longtime British alt-rock heroes, Kasabian. Their incredible live show is one of those things you have to see with your own eyes to fully appreciate—their infinite hair waving all over the stage in time with their stage-stalking moves and the intensely jittery, shrieky rock sound. The big venue was packed as hell for Kasabian, but the crowd won’t soon forget Bo Ningen. You will have a couple chances to catch them during CMJ Music Marathon in a few weeks, and we’d suggest you capitalize on those chances.
That said, Kasabian are no slouches. Last time they played NYC was over two years ago at this same venue, and the patience of their fans was rewarded in spades. The band returned with not a lick of power lost and destroyed Terminal 5 once again. Starting their show with Bumblebeee from their latest album, 48:13 (Columbia), and tossing in a Fatboy Slim cover (Praise You) along the way, their adoring and quickly sweaty fans danced and sang along nonstop through the 16-song set, even on their way out at the end and into the middle of 56th and 11th Ave. Though active since 1997, Kasabian don’t get to these shores much, and those live lags apparently leave their fans rabid with excitement.
Photos by Adela Loconte.