Anusaya Updates 2013.04.01: Profile: THE APRILS (エイプリルズ). Recommended: APRIL FOOLS, APRIL FOOL, Rupa & the April Fishes, The April Fish, Fooling April.
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THE APRILS (エイプリルズ) Kentaro Imai – Vocal, Guitar, and more Miho Iguchi – Vocal, Synthesizer Yuhki Shotokuji – Drums Norihisa Nakama – video The Aprils’ self-described “spacey, happy, catchy, hip, poppy music,” fits neatly into the electro-pop category but I find the term limiting in describing this band’s new wave style. These talented musicians expand […]
The musicians, Aaron Kierbel and Safa Shokrai, Misha Khalikulov and Mario Alberto Silva, came from all over the world, converging in San Francisco USA to become the April Fishes with frontwoman Rupa Marya, the self-described “ringleader for the band of misfits” whose Hindustani roots settled in California. In their work together, musical languages converge from […]
“In 80’s we trust!” From Toulouse, France — April Fools is a subjective melting pot of post-punk ’79, cold wave and new wave music. With the members of the band channeling the outrageous rock idols from the eighties, with arrogence, two bass players and no guitar. April Fools are; Lôvinyl (vocals), HooverBass (bass), CornerBoy (bass) […]
The April Fish is a melodic groove-rock band from Tokyo, Japan — This four piece rock unit consists of vocalist Yuichiro Aoyagi, guitar player Toshiyuki Takahashi, bassist Narumi Kawabata and drummer Tetsuo Kishi. All the members of The April Fish were born in April; highlighting on this coincidence the band took its name from “Poisson […]
Formed in 2009, April Fool is a pure punk five piece from Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The band recently released their 2nd demo, and were included on I Hate Smoke Records recent compilation album Dig Up the New Underground. Since 2012, April Fool’s current lineup includes Oyama Burori (Bass), Tanmachi Yuya (Guitar), Suzuki Hikari (Vocals), Kato […]
Formed in 2002, Fooling April is a pop rock piano-driven quartet from Philadelphia, PA USA. Selected in 2007, to represent and launch American Idol Underground; the online version of the TV competition; landed the band on Fox TV and NBC TV in addition to various print campaigns. With their focus on acoustic-edged melodic pop seamlessly […]
Formed in 2007, The Calendar of Happy Days’ original “catchy-pop” sound has a frosty texture – which has lead to an alternative rock band sound in recent years. Their music has a sense of impatience, yet quirky, with beautiful flowing melodies all at the same time. The Calendar of Happy Days are Masato Teramae (Vocal, […]
Calling themselves Asianica Hard March Band, Asakusa Jinta is a hardcore marching brass band from Asakusa in Tokyo, Japan. Asakusa Jinta accordions, saxophones and trombones play lightning fast happy melodies while tubas, stand-up bass and drums bring the rythym home. Creating foot stamping dance music, steeped in Eastern European and Klezmer traditions. AJ members are […]
Formed in 2010, Ailiph Doepa tongue in cheek live performances are delivered with a hard rock edge, and headbanging melodies. This stage band, makes their brand of metal effortless and fun, but their true gift is their unique arrangements and vocal interpretations in songs that will make you come back again and again. Ailiph Doepa […]
Irish! Scottish! Japanese! Punk!! HAGGIS is a punk band with a unique voice – taking their sub-genre, mastering it, and spinning out an energy that is infectious and punk as f-ck! HAGGIS are Yumeho (Vocals, Bagpipe, Banjo), Hiroki (Mandolin, Vocals) , TAT$ULOW (Guitar, Chorus), Kouhei (Bass, Chorus) and YASU (Drums).
Yuri Kaplan (vocals, guitar) Andrew Tropeshko (guitar) Yevgeny Ilyin (bass) Anton Shchelkonogov (drums) Валентин Стрыкало (Valentin Strykalo) is a Ukrainian alternative rock group created in 2010, by soloist Yuri Kaplan. Through a series of vlog-styled videos; Yury’s tongue in cheek fictional character Valentin Strykalo, was first introduced to the public in 2008. Presenting himself as […]
Formed in July 2007, this five-piece is inspired by The Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Hollies, and The Byrds. 99RadioService (pronounced nine-nine-radio-service and not nintey-nine) takes those rock influences refining them and creating a modern pop experience. 99RadioService are Ko-hey (Vocals, Guitar), Ko-ta (Guitar, Chorus), Katsu (Bass), Ne-gi (Drums), Go-i (Keyboard).
This foursome blends 4-on-the-floor dance rock, punk, guitar pop, jazz and fusion into a futuristic fresh sound that attacks like a tsunami. In 2009, former band “REAL” changed their name to Keytalk — members are Yuu Nakatomo (vocal, guitar), Yagi Yuuki (drum), Ono Takemasa (guitar) and Sudou Yoshikatsu (bass, chorus).
Formed in January 2006, リサ＝オフリー (LISA=OFFREE) take post-rock’s grandeur amplifying it to garage-rock excess, creating an unpredictable, accessible, groovy pop-rock concoction that seems a lot like post-rock-meets-pop. リサ＝オフリー (LISA=OFFREE) members are frontman Nakajima Naoto, guitarist Kubo Taishi, bass player Fujinami Daisuke and drummer Yamanaka Tadasi.
Anusaya Updates 2013.02.15: Profile: Валентин Стрыкало (Valentin Strykalo). Recommended: Crooked Valentine, The Valentine, Broken Valentine, Goodmorning Valentine, Electric Valentine.
If you pulled the wings off Symphony X’s technical heights and chained Melissa Auf Der Maur to a mike somewhere in Toronto, Ontario Canada, then you would have created the molten metal Zombie Rock band Crooked Valentine. Fronted by wild woman Lindsay Valentine, Doc Harlot on Bass, Schlossenator on guitar and Lady Machete on drums, […]
The Valentine are a melodic punk rock four-piece from Tokyo, Japan. The band’s fusion of punk rock with pop music elements could be described as a “Ellegarden” influence. The Valentine members are Muramatsu Toshihiko (vocal, guitar), Nakamura Kajin (bass, chorus), Bikomo Ken (guitar, chorus) and Kawashima Yusuke (drums, chorus).
Korean alternative rock band Broken Valentine have been around under various names for about ten years. But, it wasn’t till May 2012, that the band released their first full-length album, Shade. Broken Valentine members are Kim Ansu (guitar), Kim “Van” Kyung Min (vocals), Byun Sunghwan (bass), Byun Geehwan (guitar), Lee “Koopa” Sung San (drums).
Goodmorning Valentine is an indie folk rock band from Cleveland, OH USA. Their influences are an eclectic mix of music from the last four decades; from Motown and 60’s rock and pop, to late 70’s songwriters such as Tom Waits. Released on 2013.02.09: The group’s latest effort “Hey Washington” finds frontman Joey Beltram straying away […]
Electric Valentine is a songwriting/production team and live electronic pop act from Southern California. Based in Huntington Beach, CA, USA; Grammy-award winning producer Chris Qualls, teams up with Broadway singer Lauren Baird and guitarist songwriter Eric Straube, to make beautiful independent electropop music together.