We live in an interesting and fast paced musical time. I find it reminiscent of the ’60s and it’s real life musical legacy. Which wasn’t limited to The Beatles and the British Invasion but encompassed the shaping of songs through arrangements, the birth of a genre, and the songwriters of the times. Remember, I said(…)
Ultra Bide’s avant-garde rock-psych-tinged punk vision has been spinning out of control since 1978. Based in New York in the late 80s and signed to Alternative Tentacles — Ultra Bide have been working out of Kyoto since 2003. This power-trio featuring twin basses and no guitar is made up of members Hide (Bass, Vocal), Chimaki(…)
Henrytennis are an instrumental sextet from Tokyo who describe their music as a new wave of progressive rock. Henrytennis are Yoshihito Okumura (Guitar), Yoshinari Kishida (Drums), Takeshi Horikoshi (Bass), Akihiko Ando (Saxophone), Toshiaki Sudoh (Instruments), Manabu Yoshizawa (Glockenspiel) and Koji Ueno (Nordlead2).
Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass—that’s a mouthful—have been driving across the U.S., playing as many dates as they could, wherever they could. John Genzale saw them play at the SXSW festival earlier this year, and was so impressed, he offered, or demanded, that they let him take them on a tour across the U.S. He(…)
Coming across like the deformed offspring of Thee Michelle Gun Elephant and Bungee Jump Festival, The Swiss Porno are an interesting proposition. Raspy vocals, clean guitar work and hooks aplenty, it’s easy to fall under their charms. It is a bit puzzling then that they are still relative unknowns after over six years of playing(…)
oh chentaku is post-hardcore, post-punk band from Malaysia. The band was formed in 2007, by three childhood friends; Adib plays the drum, Naem on bass, and frontman Myo. After the release of their first single “Polaroid” their popularity grew. Recently the band released two full albums and a CD with their unreleased singles. Oh chentaku(…)
Exploring the harder side of rock. The Jerry combine pounding rhythms and drivin’ guitar riffs, with the tortured vocals of Yuta Osanai, taking the band’s sound into a darker dimension. The Jerry are releasing their second mini album Drain Dry, in July. Samples of the band’s music can be heard at their site. The Jerry(…)
Once a year one of the biggest heavy music fests Waken Open Air (W:O:P) takes place in Germany. This year it was held on 2nd-4th of August near small town called Waken thus the origin of the name of the fest. Every year in different countries take place so called Metal Battles which provide an(…)
Members: Kubota Isaotomo (Guitar) Toritsuka Naoto (Bass) Kasai Kazushige (Drums) Tsukui Tsunehito (Vocal, Guitar) Formed in 2008, Ammoflight (アンモフライト) is a pop-band from Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture. The band’s name Ammoflight was created in the hope that the band would attain a degree of evolution “equal to a flying ammonite.”
With a musical base extending beyond their punk rock core, Maximum the Hormone (マキシマムザホルモン) beats funk and other influences senseless, with a blast of full-on hardcore punk energy and fun. One of the most unique punk bands of our time, the band’s lyrics are provocative, humorous and make little sense except in the mind of(…)
Up-Tight is three piece psych group. Their dark sound, melancholic ballads in combination with noisy guitar riffs immerse you in atmosphere of chaos, emptiness and deep darkness. They music is like an unpredictable ocean, now you wallow in the calm waves, but few minutes ago ocean becomes like an angry beast trying to swallow up(…)
Elder statesmen of the japanese electro scene, having been together since 1994, Nasca Car combine quirky retro samples with spacey futuristic electronic elements to create a whimsical, eccentric yet somehow strangely nostalgic sound. They possess a certain crossover appeal, appealing to fans not usually taken with this style of music. Imagine if you can, a(…)
Hyogen (表現) sound is an exploration of a pop band from it’s darkest most primitive depths. This alternative, acoustic folk pop band will take you where you never thought you would go, and be happy to ask for more. Members: Mayu Gonto (vocals, accordion), Kimiya Sato (vocals, violin), Kuya Sonoda (bass),and Baku Furukawa (vocals, guitar).
Members are: Shigeyuki Suzuki – vocal, guitar Daisuke Takeda – guitar Hirofumi Ueda – bass Hiroki Sagawa – drums Hiroki Furutani (Kuroi Mori) – pro-tools, synthesizer SAKAMOTO – bass (ex-member) Shibuya – drums (ex-member) THE CREATOR OF is Japanese band that mixes different genres such as hardcore, alternative rock, post-rock, psychedelic rock, punk and others(…)
Mógil are a quartet hailing from Iceland and Belgium. The bandmembers are Heiða Árnadóttir (vocals), Ananta Roosens (violin), Joachim Badenhorst (clarinet/saxophone) and Hilmar Jensson (guitar). Their songs are all sung in Icelandic, true to old Icelandic folk texts. In 2006, Mógil toured Iceland, playing in small churches throughout the country. Their debut-album, Ró, was also(…)
Scattering Walrus is a band from St. Niklaas, Belgium. The band started by two friends and music lovers – Ben Maes and Maarten Buytaert. In the beginning there was no clear intention to made a band it was all about listening to music, “jamming” and having fun. The guys were making sweet indie-pop, easy to(…)
Since 2009, members are UTO (bass, vocals), AZAKAMI (guitar), HIRA (drums) and SHIMIZU (per+pad). With members who proclaim their interests to include ‘Observation Of UFO’ and ‘The Care Of Children’ you know Accidents In Too Large Field aren’t your typical band. Musically they plow a similar sonic furrow to bands like yolz in the sky(…)
The threesome known as Usotsuki Barbie [嘘つきバービー] was formed in Nagasaki, Japan, in 2002. Literally “Lying Barbie,” but this band’s form of in-your-face rock’n’roll is anything but a lie and always true. Usotsuki Barbie members are Yuusuke Iwashita (Bass, Vocal), Shigeru Toyoda (Drums) and Kazuya Chifu (Guitar).
“The sound of Biopsyhoz is “progressive, caustic, outspoken, and industrial with a touch of hardcore, and relaxation elements.” Although, electronica dominates, the presence of live guitar and bass adds a certain character to the music. Critics often compare Biopsyhoz with other groups such as: Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, Marilyn Manson and Rammstein. After they(…)
FEAR FROM THE HATE was formed in August 2008, when two school friends Hiro and Kouichi decided to play music together. At first the band’s line-up changed a few times but when vocalist Lidy joined the current line-up remained. In October 2009, the band recorded and released their first self-produced demo CD “There is no(…)
“Magic Shadows was born in the late summer of 2010, arising from a bubbling cesspool of cheap beer and lysergic acid somewhere in the depths of Hamilton, Canada.” Reads the band’s self description. Noise-punks Magic Shadows blend a sharp, loud mixture of garage rock, punk and shoegaze for a head-splitting dark onslaught, almost like you’re(…)
Formed out of the ashes of Death Valley, The Raw Nerves are a soul loving-garage rocking four-piece from Auckland City, New Zealand. The group play fast party music with doo-wop elements executed with garage punk panache. The Raw Nerves are Alex (bass, vocals), Rob (drums, vocals), Dave (guitar) and Rory (guitar, vocals).
In the vein of Blankey Jet City – 11 Still Birth’s rough vocals and unapologetic rock is instantly unsettling and catchy garage punk that immediately gets under your skin. 11 Still Birth members are Jutani Shumigaku (Vocal. Guitar), Kanoryou Shinsuke (Guitar), Nakayama Masayukai (Bass) and Tomitayuki Shinsuke (Drums).
Arbus was formed in May 2008 in Kyoto. They are young, purposeful and filled of energy. They are finding inspiration in many different genres, such as music of their scene partners, hardcore, punk, jazz, bossa nova and even pop music. As a result, you can hear great and catchy fusion of many genres. They are not(…)
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(…)