I met with Natsumi near the iconic Suzunari Theater in Shimokitaza, carrying a Disk Union bag. I stopped her for a chat and she very kindly agreed to be photographed for Tokyo Record Style. She had just scored the debut CD “Cavemen’s Law” by her friend’s new psychedelic pop band band, “Paddy Isle”. It’s not listed on Discogs yet, but I already listened to a few tracks from it on YouTube and it RIPS (Check the links in the comments.)

Natsumi was super friendly and kind and shared with me that she is a ballerina and a ballet teacher. I shared with her that my mother also taught ballet and that my godmother has ballet school in Oklahoma (Miss Shelley’s School of Dance) that I’m guessing 10’s if not 100’s of thousands of students have gone through. I asked her where she taught ballet and it turns out, it’s RIGHT down the street from my house, in the same building where my own son dances hip hop! What a coincidence!

I also asked Natsumi if she had a big music collection at home and she said she usually only listens to music by streaming, but that she buys CDs for songs that she particularly likes and also so she can easily listen with her mother who also loves music, and in this case, to show her support of her friends’ band. Finally, she added that she has missed going to see live music and shaking her body at live houses, and is looking forward to things getting back to normal, so she can go see her favorite bands and feel the vibrations of the instruments on her skin. I think many of us feel the same, Natsumi! Thanks for the photo and looking forward to seeing you out there again!

More Tokyo Record Style on the way!

paddy isle – Cavemen’s Law
Label: Water Room Records – WRRM3
Format: CD, Album, Stereo
Country: Japan
Released: Nov 23, 2022
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: J-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Glam, Grunge, Dream Pop, Prog Rock

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