Now a dozen years into their career, female rockers TsuShiMaMiRe have established a considerable international cult following. Since 2004, the Tokyo trio have completed several American tours, playing in excess of 150 gigs there. One of their higher profile stateside stints was a string of opening slots for the Suicide Girls, a traveling burlesque show featuring titillating tattooed and pierced ladies from the softcore website of the same name. TsuShiMaMiRe have also released a collaborative EP, 2008’s “Six Mix Girls,” with popular cartoon characters The Powerpuff Girls adding even more variety to their global fanbase.

“Shocking” is the fourth full-length album from TsuShiMaMiRe. While the electro-tinged alt-pop opener “Hungry and Empty” plods along, it is full steam ahead for “Shocking” from second cut “Darwin.” The excellent track begins with vocalist Mari coolly cooing over xylophone-accented postpunk rhythms that build into a cacophony of chaotic distorted noise. “Theme of Sara” starts with only Mari’s soft singing and sparse bass notes. Guitar and drums are gradually introduced turning the slow, almost balladlike track into a full-blown punk number with an anthemic “We need rock ‘n’ roll” chorus that should easily incite mass singalongs from local and overseas audiences.

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