Jesus Weekend will keep your family pet from a pit of despair

Feb 25, 2014

Jesus Weekend will keep your family pet from a pit of despair

by Ian Martin

“Animals don’t commit suicide, but this song is so sad that even animals would want to kill themselves.” Seira Nishigami, vocalist, guitarist and synth player from Osaka-based lo-fi indie trio Jesus Weekend, is trying to explain the feeling behind her group’s evocatively titled “Animal ...

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

May 9, 2013

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

by Shaun Curran

“I hadn’t been anywhere before last year, I’d hardly left England. And now I’m going to Japan. I never thought I’d be going to a place like that. I think it is going to blow my mind.” Jake Bugg is getting used to going ...

Extruders have a rock epiphany

Apr 18, 2013

Extruders have a rock epiphany

by Ian Martin

“Before the gig, we were quite intimidated: a lowly rock band performing in front of a god. After, we found we could do it, and that was the turning point for us.” Going back to at least when Paul the Apostle saw the light ...

Japan's influence on Grimes grows deeper

Mar 21, 2013

Japan's influence on Grimes grows deeper

by Jason Richards

Grimes has never been shy to acknowledge the influence of Japan on her work. The Canadian electronic pop artist, born Claire Boucher, credits a wide and various list of Japanese inspirations, including Yayoi Kusama, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, “Akira,” “The Legend of Zelda” ...