Daikaiju surf into Dayton with vicious attitude
By Zach Rogers
Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of some remote tropical island that no one has ever heard of, lives Daikaiju – a group of masked musical avengers that play high-energy surf and punk rock, and do so with a kind of life or death mentality that leaves listeners in awe. Shrouded in mystery, the band’s sound is intense and in your face, sounding like a collection of songs Quentin Tarantino might use if he ever decided to remake “The Endless Summer” with a darker twist. In their spare time, I imagine every single one of these guys riding giant tsunami waves while strumming their guitars at break-neck speeds. I mean, where else could they get their inspiration from?
Currently, the band is on tour in support of their latest single “Double Fist Attack,” and on Friday, Nov. 1, Daikaiju will return to Dayton to play Blind Bob’s. In the process, they’ll also be making multiple stops throughout the U.S., leaving behind a trail of blown eardrums and seaweed along the way. This might sound unpleasant for some, but for a band whose newest song is called “Double Fist Attack,” it really shouldn’t come as a surprise.
But just who are these anonymous musical warriors, and what are they trying to prove? Like a number of bands before them, Daikaiju have adopted different personas in order to hide their true identities, complete with masks that look like crosses between that guy from “V For Vendetta” and Jigsaw from the “Saw” movies. A four-piece lineup, the group consists of guitarists Secret-Man and Rocket-Man, bassist Rumble-Man and drummer Hands-Man. Of course, all the darkness concerning who they are only makes the band and their music that much more alluring. A group of few words, I caught up with Daikaiju to find out more about the band, and they managed to leave behind more questions than answers. Thankfully, caps-lock was there the whole time to ensure as much intensity in their answers as humanly possible.
Obviously, the band has a unique visual presence. So, what’s the reason behind everyone wearing the different masks?
THE MASK REVEALS THE MAN!!! – Daikaiju
Wow, that’s pretty deep. And whose idea was it to start wearing masks during all band-related activities?
DAIKAIJU DOES NOT REMEMBER WHO DECIDED IT FIRST!!! – D
Have the masks always been a part of the band?
DAIKAIJU IS ALWAYS AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF FASHION!!! – D
Yeah, I can see that. Now let’s dig into the history of the band. How long has Daikaiju been making music together?
DAIKAIJU BEGAN ITS SONIC ATTACK FROM THE FIRST MOMENT THAT DAIKAIJU ASSUMED THE FORM OF DAIKAIJU!!! – D
And where exactly is the group from?
DAIKAIJU CAME FROM THE WOMB OF MOTHERS!!! – D
Interesting. Would you say that surf-punk is an accurate description of the band’s sound?
THE PHRASE “BATTLE SURF SEX METAL” STRIKES OUR DESCRIPTION WITH GREATER ACCURACY!!! – D
Gotcha. How would you say the music has evolved over the years?
DAIKAIJU CONTINUES TO EVOLVE A MORE POWERFUL SONIC ATTACK WITH EVERY PASSAGE OF TIME!!! – D
The band’s two full-length releases were released five years apart. Why?
NEW SONIC ATTACK REQUIRES PASSAGE OF TIME!!! – D
Right. So what’s the secret behind the band being around for so long?
THERE IS NO SECRET!!! DAIKAIJU MAINTAINS INVINCIBILITY FOREVER!!! – D
That makes sense. Were there any huge differences in recording the two albums?
DAIKAIJU IS ALWAYS IN A DIFFERENT TIME AND SPACE WHEN DEVELOPING EACH SET OF SONIC ATTACK FORMATIONS!!! – D
Daikaiju released the new single “Double Fist Attack” last March. What can you tell me about the new song?
DAIKAIJU EVOLVED A BRAND NEW ATTACK THAT RESULTS IN A TWO-FIST SIMULTANEOUS LAUNCH THAT PUMMELS THE ENEMY FROM A GREATER DISTANCE WITH MAXIMUM FORCE!!! – D
OK … What was it like recording the new song?
DAIKAIJU EXPERIENCED AN ECSTACY THAT DEFIES A DESCRIPTION OF WRITTEN WORDS!!! – D
Does the band have any other plans for new music any time soon?
DAIKAIJU WILL COMMENCE AGAIN TO DEVELOP NEW SONIC ATTACK FORMATIONS DURING THE NEXT REGENERATION CYCLE!!! – D
The group’s currently in the midst of touring the U.S. with a lot of jammed-packed dates planned throughout the rest of November. Do you have a specific approach to touring?
DAIKAIJU IS AN UNSTOPPABLE JUGGERNAUT!!! – D
Playing live seems to be a big part of the band, am I correct?
DAIKAIJU LIVES TO ATTACK!!! – D
How does the group spend its downtime while on tour?
DAIKAIJU PREPARES TO ATTACK EVEN WHEN DAIKAIJU IS NOT ATTACKING!!! – D
Alright, I think I finally understand it all! So what does the future hold for Daikaiju?
MORE DAIKAIJU ATTACK!!! – D
Of course …
Daikaiju will perform on Friday, Nov. 1 at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St. Also on the bill are Riley, Abertooth Lincoln, and Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes. Doors open at 9 p.m. For more information on Daikaiju visit daikaiju.org.
Reach DCP freelance writer Zach Rogers at ZachRogers@DaytonCityPaper.com.