A few words on my trip to Womb
So Saturday rolled around and it was my first chance to go out clubbing in Tokyo.
As I mentioned before Johnny D and Guido Schneider were to play, and I was pretty excited about the night. Daniel and I warmed up with some (actually pretty decent) burgers and wandered into the flashing lights and general chaos of Shibuya. Like many parts of Tokyo I was surprised how that by wandering just a few blocks back from the main areas that are teeming with people you can find very quiet residential areas. The interesting parts of Shibuya all seem to be down tiny side streets and winding alleyways – I have been there during the day before and discovered some good record stores. At night all the bars take precedence – ranging from large and crowded theme bars full of gaijin, through to tiny standing bars with a majority of Japanese patrons.
Daniel and I are more keen for the latter than the former, so a couple of hours pass in the memorably named ‘2 sweet ass’ bar, a tiny standing bar that feels kind of like drinking in a cave (albiet a cave stocked with many interesting and delicious beverages). We met an interesting selection of Japanese people, unfortunately my role in much of the conversation is mostly limited to nodding and smiling. 1am rolls around and we are still in the bar playing Jenga with some girls – as fun as this is it is time to go. I lose the game, down a tequila shot as penance, and we head out to womb.
The club itself is an unobtrusive 3 or 4 story building – the only giveaway to its possible function is the fact it has no windows (and tonight, the queue stretching over the road and into a neighbouring carpark). In the queue the first indication that tonight won’t be all that I had hoped – a sign informs that Johnny D is not playing (for personal reasons). Damn! I am disappointed but hope nothing major is wrong with Johnny. Inside, things remind me a little of fabric – it is crowded, with a few different areas to check out – a smaller bar area near the entrance, then the massive main room and a staircase leading up to different levels that overlook the main floor.
As you can see – the main area is fairly impressive and after gathering some drinks we head in to check out Glimpse.. I didn’t know much about Glimpse beforehand and didn’t really garner much from his set (Discogs tells me it is 2 people but looked like only one made the trip). Fairly run of the mill minimal/tech house business – I jumped along but couldn’t say it was anything other than mundane. The lighting rig (which raises and lowers throughout the night)/lasers/and projections at Womb are great though, and it was enjoyable enough.
Guido jumped on but I struggled to find the bouncy groove in his set that is often present in his productions – I trainspotted a Johnny D track early on, and some pitched down m_nus vocal work, but somehow, something was missing from his set for me, and by 4am I was ready to head home.
Overall a somewhat disappointing night – I enjoyed Womb and will check it again but I think I will make more of an effort to find smaller clubs with a more eclectic music selection in future. It was expensive (by nz standards) as well – so not expecting to do much more clubbing here until the mighty Moritz Von Oswald (with Vadislav Delay) plays in a few weeks. Already looking forward to that one.