Over the past decade, a go-to method for older rock bands to drum up excitement for a tour is the promise of playing a classic album in its entirety. It's a win-win proposition: Fans get to feel nostalgic while the artists themselves can coast by on material they've played countless times before.

So it's a bit surprising that Tokyo quartet Mitsume plans to play the entirety of its latest full-length, "A Long Day," at Tokyo's WWW venue on June 8, the same day physical copies hit stores.

"Some of the audience will probably hear the album for the first time at the show, rather than on CD," says drummer Yojiro Suda from Mitsume's garage-based office in Ebisu.