Listening to Roth Bart Baron, it's not hard to hear the influence of Montreal-style indie rock on the band. But the duo believes if you dig deeper on its second album, "Atom," you can also hear a sci-fi ode to Tokyo.
"I was born in 1987 and my generation grew up watching movies like 'RoboCop,' 'The Terminator' and 'Alien,' which were often broadcast on Japanese TV on the weekends. It was quite shocking and scary for a little child to see," vocalist and guitarist Masaya Mifune tells The Japan Times. "The scenes and sounds still play inside my head, especially the sound effects and music, like the ambient hit of snare drums or the saxophone solos."
Mifune is unsure as to whether he thinks that style of music is cool, and growing up he consciously avoided drawing from those 1980s soundtracks that stuck in his head. However, with the rise of smart-phone technology, he says he has started to think about those saxophones again.