Watch this Japanese punk band cover Tampa indie-rock quartet Pohgoh

The song, "All Along," comes from the Tampa band's 1997 debut.


It's not the first time someone has covered Pohgoh, but a young Japanese punk band has posted part of its take of "All Along" from In Memory of Bab by the '90s Tampa band.

"It's definitely awesome," Pohgoh drummer Keith Ulrey told CL, adding that Pogoh's Japanese label, Waterslide, relayed the message. "We know nothing of the band, other than they were playing an all covers event and included one of our songs."

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Indie rock and emo have always been well-received in Japan, according to Ulrey, who said that Pohgoh's anthology CD All Along has continued to sell well over there through the years. In 2014, a different Japanese band did a full Pohgoh covers set. There aren't any plans for Pohgoh to meet its Japanese fans face-to-face, but first album in two decades, Secret Club, was released via an independent Japanese label.

"It's all super flattering and a bit odd at the same time," Ulrey said. "Music you made 20 years ago still resonating with young people across the globe."

"We have discussed going over there to tour," Ulrey admitted, "but no firm plans as of yet."

Watch the "All Along" cover above, and listen to the original below. Call your local record store to see if it has copies of Pohgoh's albums.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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