With the latest releases by Kemuri, Snailramp and Potshot turning up in the record charts, ska-core has emerged from the underground. Ska-core has thrived through a network of small clubs and indie record labels across Japan much like its musical cousin, mellowcore. (Members of Snailramp run one of the strongest labels, School Bus Records.) And, like mellowcore, this has meant that ska-core has been able to gain popularity without the usual aid of Tokyo media and major label hype.
Gianormous Records, as part of its ongoing attempt to catalog Japan’s various musical subcultures, has put together a selection of up-and-coming ska-core groups for its latest installment of the “Japanese Homegrown” series.