REVIEW: Dave Muller @ Blum & Poe, Tokyo
The last time that American artist Dave Muller was in Tokyo, he supported the band Destroy All Monsters for their Japan tour in 1996. Named after the 1968 Japanese film of the same name, the band formed in 1973 with artists Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, filmmaker Cary Loren and lead vocalist Lynn Rovner at its core. Noticeable appearances by Roger Miller from Mission of Burma, Ron Asheton from The Stooges and MC5’s Michael Davis fuelled changes in Destroy All Monsters, both in sound and approach, and after a period of turmoil they eventually broke up in 1985. Much later, with the encouragement of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, a box set of the band’s under-played and under-listened recordings was released in 1994, which gave them a whole new audience aware only of their sound through college radio.