My favorite place that would never be in any guide book is a little place called "Chaotic Noise." Chaotic Noise is the name of a record shop/live house situated in the main shopping arcade of Kochi city called Obiyamachi. The shop changed locations back in August to a more central location in this main shopping strip, and since that time I've only been twice. Being the music-enthusiast that I am, I go to a lot of live houses around Shikoku. I've been to about 8 different ones within the four prefectures that span this island, which I feel is a lot considering the time it takes to drive between the major cities on this island. There are some that I like better than Chaotic Noise because of the music-scene in that particular city (Kochi hosts more hard-core shows at the venues I frequent, and I like indi/melodic punk better). However, none hold the same type of emotions and memories that Chaotic Noise does for me.
|Little "hallway" outside the basement venue where everyone goes to smoke between bands.|
|Friends from a band called "Parkmates"|
|The sign they put out in the street. When it's out, you know what's goin down.|
|The old venue smooshed a live house with a record shop so, needless to say, it was crowded.|
|Crowd surfing on a bass case. People like to stand on things and play music here in Kochi.|
|A UK band came to the new Chaotic Noise about two weeks ago.|
|The new venue is a split basement place with a hall in between the live house and record shop.|