A rock guitar riff here, a cool jazz vocal there – Couch draws elements from different genres combining them with their particular brand of mainstream pop. Couch’s musical style defines the words “Japanese Indie Pop” creating a pop sound that is refined by Couch and defies mainstream cliches. Couch was formed in November 2002, bringing […]
Described as AGGRESSIVE discotheque; “it’s like they took a bazillion bands and meshed them together” – 0.8????? (0.8Syooogeki) is an eclectic indie duo from Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Formed in 2008, with members Tadaomi Toyama (vocals, guitar) and J.M. (vocals) 0.8?????’s unique vision draws in the listener with an in-your-face creativity that makes fans of even […]
With original members guitar player Kawabe, bassist Kim, and drummer J.J. joining in 1998 – The Gimmies is a Japanese rock band created by guitarist Sora in 1997. Described by one reviewer; “As a band that wants to beat every song to a pulp with an unmitigated fury.” What The Gimmies’ punk-rock sound may lack […]
With over 50 albums, Asai Kenichi is perhaps Japan’s most original and prolific artist, and leader of bands Sherbets, JUDE, Ajico, Asai Kenichi solo, and 1990s legends Blankey Jet City. Combined with his artwork on album covers, books, posters and clothing, his contribution to modern Japanese creative culture is comparable with that of film director […]
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Arktika is a post-rock-band from Cologne, Germany. Their sound can bedescribed as post-rock, post-core or sludge. Arktika was founded in 2008 by Marc (vocals and the one responsible for lyrics), Jürgen (guitars), Jan (bass), Tim (guitars) and Jürgen (drums).
members: Arata Ikemoto (Bass, Chorus) Gendai Matsuyama (Vocal, Guitar) Tomowo Morikawa (Guitar, Chorus) Ieyasu Kitade (Drums) Rooted in hard rock, emo, alternative and new wave Aeronauts‘ rock style is defined by both a smooth and unrefined garage-rock sound. Aeronauts‘ contrasting musical style may seem to be a contradiction in terms, but these contrasts are what […]
Lumped into the post-rock genre, although Toe themselves don’t really agree with that classification, and their music doesn’t really justify it- except for the fact that it’s mostly instrumental. Toe’s sound is a rhythmically complex, very precise and has to do with the band’s own take on what might be called math-rock.
coldrain is a Japanese band with “world” sound, and their melodious and emotional songs with perfect English lyrics makes them known not only in Japan but in many other countries, too. coldrain was formed in 2007 in Nagoya with 5 members: Masato – vocal, RxYxO (Ryo) – bass, Katsuma – drums, and Y.K.C (Yokochi) and […]
Hydrant House Purport Rife On Sleepy music is a textured mix of post rock, shoegazer, progressive rock, psychedelic, Kraut rock, hip hop, techno and ambient soundscapes. Taking their influence from reggae legend Burning Spear and the basic concepts of enlightenment – Hydrant House Purport Rife On Sleepy quests to achieve their mantra “We should have […]
Jaurim (???, ???, meaning “Purple Rainforest”) is a rock band from Seoul, South Korea. They had performed in the indie scene before 1997, and became major with their first released single “Hey Hey Hey”. They have released eight full-length albums, three unofficial albums, two original soundtrack singles, one original soundtrack EP (which was released as […]
Kono (Guitar) Hiro (Guitar) Matsuda (Bass 2011- ) Tachibana (Drums) Masa (Bass 2004-2010) Te’ (?) has been leading and innovating the Japanese post rock and instrumental music scene since its formation in January 2004, in Tokyo, Japan. This skilled group of musicians has proved their contribution to the genre is significant, with dynamic guitar work, […]
“Bringing Our Modern Working Class Rock to the Ears of Music Lovers Everywhere.” Millsyeck (mill-sy-eck) are a four piece Blues Driven Rock band hailing from Dundee, Scotland. Formed in early 2009, after frontman Alex Mills working under the stage name of Millsyeck, advertised for band members.
Rome’s NOVEMBRE are a band that has made a solid impression upon both the death metal and atmospheric metal scenes with equally strong results. Ever since their inception, word about the group has spread among the underground scene on a worldwide basis.
Portico Quartet began in 2005. The band was formed by two sets of schoolfriends. At the beginning of their career they played on the streets and gave away their recordings. But the unique sound and passion bring the band to the success. This name the band received after one of their shows was cancelled because […]
Scissor Shock is the solo project of Adam Cooley (Robe., RUINHORSE, etc.), who often employs the help of a small list of collaborators (most notably Aaron Booe) – Usually described as being an avant-progressive/art rock/electronic/RIO/noise/free jazz/no wave/ambient band formed in Columbus, Indiana in 2003, but opinions differ. “Scissor Shock has no near equal, much less […]
Band was formed in 2001 in Russia under name «???????» by four school friends: Nikita « Shatenew» Shatenev (vocal, guitar), Igor «Lackryx» Likarenko (bass, MC), Alexander Grechushkin (guitar) and Grigory «Green» Archipov (drums). With this line-up band released their first demo-album (only 500 copies) «????? ??????????????? ?????????????» in 2002, that included 13 songs. All CDs […]
Jon – Guitar, Vocals Gemma – Bass, Vocals Arek – Drums “Grey Goes Down is one of the most self motivated, bizarre and interesting alternative punk rock bands ever.” -The Fame Magazine.
Fight on the Freeway are vocalist Shotx, guitar player Billy, bassist Adrian, drummer Scott and Jr. on keyboards. The band is a metal five-piece featuring crazy guitar riffs, solid bass work, good drumming, and a mix of brutal screaming growls and melodic breaks with clean vocals. In 2010, Fight on the Freeway met up in […]
Born in Hiroshima, Kashiwa Daisuke (???) started off as the composer and guitarist of post-rock band yodaka in 2001. Being inspired by the band’s psychedelic sound due to a post-rock approach, and by Maurizio Bianchi, he started a solo project in 2004.
Emotional lyrics and soulful singing, combine with strong indie rock grooves, giving way to driving guitar and maturing into an ambient sound-scape – Clemency’s sound is accessible with a strong emphasis on catchy choruses and feel great melodies. Brothers Jason and Paul Watkins, natives of Yukon, Oklahoma, have been making music together since high school. […]
Merzbow (?????) is a noise project created in 1979 by Masami Akita (?? ??). In the earlier days Merzbow was acting as band, nowadays, Masami Akita is the only member. During all-time activity Merzbow has released over 350 recordings. That was his solo works, side-projects and a lot of works recorded in collaboration with many […]
In 1996, Yasunori Matsuda “MACCHO” and Yasushi Yamazaki “OSHO” started up their new music band named UNI. They used new musical conception in their songs with unique mixture of trance, techno and rock music. In the beginning of activity they participated various big and small outdoor festivals, rave-parties all over Japan. They attracted the most […]
Playing full energy garage-punk, with style; Lonesome Dove Woodrows’ (??????????????) garage roots have given way to a tighter more refined sound. Though that is true, make no mistake – Lonesome Dove Woodrows’ rough exterior, raw, lo-fi groove and popping beats, are all rock and roll. With a long succession of member changes Lonesome Dove Woodrows […]
31 Knots was formed in 1997 in Chicago by Joe Haege (vocal), Jay Winebrenner (bass). In 1998 the first drummer was replaced by Joe Kelly and the band moved to Portland, Oregon. In 2000 came out their first self-released album Climax/Anticlimax. After this release the band got their first contract with the label 54°40′ or […]