I have seen the Bowling Green, Kentucky band, Thee Japanese School Girls, a couple of times now and they always stick out as one of the better live shows I have seen from a local band. Not to say that my favorite local bands such as Schools, Lost River Cavemen, and Heavy Chase don’t put on a great performance, because they always do, but I am merely adding Thee Japanese School Girls to the list of must see.
The garage-funk band is comprised of Lucas Goularte: Vox, Donde: Guitar, Cory Agent: Guitar, Miles Austin: Bass, Joseph Gregory: Drums. TJSG recently performed at the Exit/In in Nashville, Tennessee and stole the show. With numerous talented acts performing the same night, TJSG reigned over all of them.
Goularte is seething with energy on stage, bringing the crowd with him as he sings with his entire body. It is a miracle the band can keep up with his stamina as a performer yet they never miss a beat and never fall behind. It seems Goularte has found the perfect accompaniment in his band mates.
It is rare to see a local band who can bring a crowd of fans and newcomers alike to their feet, yet TJSG have that ability. Their funky rock sound is enticing and coupled with the undeniable enthusiasm from the band creates a live show experience that is rare at best.
Next time you see them in your area, or you are feeling frisky and want to come to Nashville or Bowling Green, make sure seeing a live show from Thee Japanese School Girls is on your list.
While I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t play my favorite song, “Now or Never,” I will forgive them this time. But guys? You owe me a hug and a high-five the next time I see you.