Formed in January 2006, ??????? (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. ??????? (LISA=OFFREE) members are frontman Nakajima Naoto, guitarist Kubo Taishi, bass player Fujinami Daisuke and drummer Yamanaka Tadasi.
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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Like their idols Blankey Jet City, Rosso and Sherbets — Not Sleep Rocks is a garage-rock tour de force, cranking out high energy and freewheeling rock with style, and a beat you will move too. Not Sleep Rocks’ rock & roll attitude and party groove is brought to you by members Shingo Yamashita (vocal, guitar), […]
The Birthday is a blues infused garage rock band formed in 2006, by Chiba Yusuke and Imai Akinobu. These former bandmates from ROSSO and Midnight Bankrobbers, found their drummer in another former member of Thee Michelle Gun Elephant (TMGE) Kuhara Kazuyuki – While bassist Hirai Haruki of the indie rock band TERURU finished up this […]
-NEGY- (?) are a jazzy garage rock four-piece, who weave instrumental and vocal harmonies into a tale for the listener to get lost in. The band has released 2 singles to date – -NEGY- (?)’s members are Ryo Kusuno (vocal, Keyboard), Syohei Ishita (drums), Semehiko Tohge (bass) and TEBASAKI (guitar).
Formed in 1981, ?????????? (The Elephant Kashimashi) are turning thirty this year. Virtually unknown outside Japan, this four piece has went from garage rock fame, to epic alternative rock gods all in the change of a label. The one constant has always been their passion, and the voice behind the band’s vocals. ?????????? are Hiroji […]
Formed in April of 2005, Veni Vidi Vicious is a garage rock band highly influenced by The Hives – hence the name. Veni Vidi Vicious members are Ryousuke Irie (vocal, guitar), Takeshi Irie (guitar), Masami Takei (bass), and Shotaro Yamazaki (drums).
Johnny Walker (Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica) Benjamin Swank (Drums, Percussion) Oliver Henry (Guitars, Vocals, Horns, Keys) Dechman (Pedal Steel, Keys, Strings) Taking their name from a trio of convicted felons who were members of the Black Panther Party—George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John Clutchette—incarcerated at Soledad Prison and killed by police fire, the Soledad Brothers formed […]
members: Asai Kenichi (Guitar, Vocal) Watanabe Keiichi (Bass) Ikehata Junji (Drums) Since the disbandment of Blankey Jet City, the band Jude is the third masterwork from the creative genius of Asai Kenichi. Dazzling guitar and drum work coupled with Kenichi’s tortured vocals is a force that should be experienced. Conceived as a return to a […]
Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies, are a neo-psychedelia indie sunshine pop-garage rock band. Always, in search of the ultimate sunshine pop song – the Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies succeed in their quest. Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies are: Karen Blanco (organ, electric piano), Amanda Brooks (vocals, guitar), Matt Lesperance (drums), Cathleen […]