Fictional faces of Fact

Oct 27, 2011

Fictional faces of Fact

Chiba posthardcore band Fact are currently holed up in an Orlando, Florida, studio recording their fourth full-length with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette. The as-yet untitled effort is scheduled to come out sometime in January. With little time to spare, it is a good thing ...

BBQ Chickens 'Crossover and Over'

Oct 20, 2011

BBQ Chickens "Crossover and Over"

Ken Yokoyama must be feeling rather nostalgic these days. One of Japan’s more prominent punk figures, in September the guitarist reunited with his 1990s band, Hi-Standard, and this month he’s put out new music with his early noughties project BBQ Chickens. Formed shortly after ...

The Bawdies get ready for their  Beatles moment

Sep 15, 2011

The Bawdies get ready for their Beatles moment

Dropping their fifth full-length album, “Live the Life I Love,” at the beginning of June made The Bawdies prime candidates for Japan’s continually expanding summer festival circuit. The Tokyo four-piece have spent the last two months showcasing their infectious brand of throwback 1950s- and ...

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes cover Japan tunes

Sep 1, 2011

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes cover Japan tunes

Punk cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are touring Japan to promote their new EP “Sing in Japanese” this month. Comprised of players from famed punk and rock acts NOFX, Lagwagon, Swingin’ Utters, and Foo Fighters, they will play Tokyo, Nagoya and ...

No sign of a summer break for The Hiatus

Jul 28, 2011

No sign of a summer break for The Hiatus

As the guitarist and vocalist of Japanese pop-punk band Ellegarden, Takeshi Hosomi toured throughout the country, played in the United States and South Korea, and even opened for Foo Fighters. When Ellegarden announced in 2008 that they were taking an indefinite break from making ...

Orchestrating a ska paradise for the summer

| Jul 22, 2011

Orchestrating a ska paradise for the summer

It’s a standard response for bands to say they are surprised by their longevity and accomplishments, but Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Japan’s best-known ska act, are unlikely to be overly humble. “When we first came together I knew this band would last for a ...

Watusi Zombie 'N×A×R×A'

Jul 21, 2011

Watusi Zombie "N×A×R×A"

Nara-bred rock ‘n’ roll trio Watusi Zombie have played at Fuji Rock and toured in the United States. Their gigs are highly charged, chaotic affairs. Vocalist/guitarist Jugem Tanimura has been known to incoherently scream lyrics into a microphone decorated with a Buddha mask, and ...

Shonen Knife 'Osaka Ramones'

Jul 14, 2011

Shonen Knife "Osaka Ramones"

Shonen Knife, Japan’s best-known alternative-rock band, are celebrating their 30th birthday. In honor of this occasion, the influential Osaka trio have a number of anniversary releases planned, the first being “Osaka Ramones,” a tribute disc to the iconic American punk group the Ramones. The ...

Lite 'For All the Innocence'

Jun 30, 2011

Lite "For All the Innocence"

One of Japan’s top instrumental rock acts, Tokyo’s Lite have performed at festivals such as Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic, and gigged throughout Asia, Europe and North America. They’ve also toured with such U.S. indie-music luminaries as Mike Watt and Lou Barlow, and have ...

Cinema Staff 'Cinema Staff'

Jun 9, 2011

Cinema Staff "Cinema Staff"

Now based in Tokyo, Gifu Prefecture-bred Cinema Staff played at the 2009 editions of both the Summer Sonic and Rock in Japan festivals. Formed in 2003, the indie-rock quartet issued three EPs prior to the release of their eponymous full-length debut. Throughout the album, ...