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Wednesday, Dec 4 1996
Despite the Scotland residency, the Japanese name, and the American indie rock sound, Yatsura makes no bold leaps toward internationalism. In fact, the bubble gum fuzz-pop outfit from Glasgow sounds about as world-wise as the members of Pavement would sitting around FAO Schwarz with a nitrous tank. But it turns out the laugh gas is a remedy to whatever's ailed Pavement on for, oh, their last two records. These kids (and they are kids) actually have the kind of fun you'd expect of a band who copped their appellation from a Japanese sci-fi comic book that tells the age-old story of boy meets alien. Liner notes from the debut We Are Yatsura credit the entire band with toy spaceship, beatbox, dolls, and raygun in addition to the standard guitars/bass/drums lineup. And tunes like "Kewpies Like Watermelon" and "Plastic Ashtray" are sugary enough to blacken molars. Singer/guitarist/ringleader Graham Kemp says the band wants "to make fantastic tunes and beat them to death with broken guitars." Look for the fanzine and vinyl crowd, and bring your pogo stick.

-- Jeff Stark

Yatsura plays Monday, Dec. 9, at 9:30 p.m. at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. Chow Bella opens; Dart headlines. Tickets are $5; call 621-4455.

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