Ogre You Asshole flirts with tension on latest album

Music Nov 20, 2016

Ogre You Asshole flirts with tension on latest album

by Ryotaro Aoki

The members of Ogre You Asshole are bracing for something. At least, that's what the title of their seventh album, "Handoru o Hanasu Mae Ni" ("Before Letting Go of the Handle") suggests. (The album's official English title is the less tense "Everythingsomethingnothing.") "It's not really ...

Bo Ningen: 'We're Japanese, but a London band'

Music Jul 10, 2016

Bo Ningen: 'We're Japanese, but a London band'

by Ryotaro Aoki

Though seasoned music festival veterans overseas, the four members of British rock band Bo Ningen had never been to a Japanese event until Fuji Rock in 2013. "It was really fun compared to festivals in other countries," says singer and bassist Taigen Kawabe. "It's clean, ...

Mitsume's long days on the road pay off

Music Jun 3, 2016

Mitsume's long days on the road pay off

by Patrick St. Michel

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 ...

Mitsume play the indie game, but are winning the mainstream

Music Feb 11, 2014

Mitsume play the indie game, but are winning the mainstream

by Patrick ST. Michel

Mitsume subscribes to an easy-to-get-behind ethos regularly found in indie-rock communities: "Since our first album, we've been under nobody's control but our own," says lead vocalist Moto Kawabe. "We prefer to do whatever we can ourselves." Accordingly, the Tokyo-based quartet has released all its singles, ...