A couple days prior to one of the biggest music events of the summer, Fuji Rock Festival, Wuhan-born quartet Chinese Football arrived at Tokyo’s Live House Fever — the final stop on their third Japan tour. With an addictively emotive sound reminiscent of Japanese legends eastern youth, as well as post-rock band toe, Chinese Football served up a phenomenal show within the intimate venue.
What made this night special is that Mike Kinsella, also known as Owen from American Football, also made an appearance. As long time fans of Kinsella’s rock trio, Chinese Football had dreamed of playing with American Football for years. Following this initial union, fans can expect to see the bands play together more often during their joint Hong Kong tour this month.
yesterday was so great！the final day of our Japan tour！It’s our honor to play with Owen !and the firewood project sounds really really cool,too!thanks to everyone for coming to see our show!see you next time! pic.twitter.com/LG6RjJ5yFv
— Chinese Football (@ChineseFootbal) July 24, 2019
During his set, Kinsella stated — with much respect to the headliners — that, “even given the context, Chinese Football is a stupid name.” Despite the friendly dig, the four musicians seemed unbothered and thanked Kinsella for sharing a stage with them after his set. The group was clearly pleased to be back in Japan, doing what they love in front of their fans and their own personal rockstar — like a child proudly showing their parent that they can ride a bike without help.
The Chinese music scene hasn’t reached its peak yet in Tokyo but the band still filled up the venue on a Tuesday night. This young promising group showed its potential to be a new rock hero for a new generation and left the audience wanting to see them on bigger and better stages in the next few years.