Daikaiju at El Rocko in Savannah, Ga. | photo by Lorien Lamarr

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Daikaiju

Dec 09, 2023

I’ve frequently been sent a meme stating that hardcore has ruined me for shows: “I spend twelve dollars and I feel entitled to do karate, sing one of the songs myself, and jump from the highest point of the venue consequence-free.” By that metric Daikaiju is the most hardcore band around and has ruined me for shows. Although there are no lyrics, so you can’t exactly sing one of the songs yourself, this surf metal band will definitely have you perform. They will hand you the instruments. You will play the songs too. They will do karate with you while either you or they are playing. They will thumb wrestle in the pit. They will jump with you off the highest point in the venue. Oh, and then they’ll set all their instruments—and sometimes the van—on fire.

The music itself reminds me a bit of Zeta but with more of a funky beat to it. So if you’re a fan of Zeta, this band is for you.

Honestly, if I could only go to one show next year, I’d make it Daikaiju. I can’t think of another show where I’m as much a part of the experience. The line between attendee and performer, voyeur and exhibitionist, watcher and doer is so blurred that it’s difficult to determine where the show ends and I begin. That’s beautiful and everyone should try it at least once.

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