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Macmanaman step up to bat for the live show

May 13, 2014

Macmanaman step up to bat for the live show

by Ian Martin

"Instrumental post-rock" is probably the worst way to introduce a band, and by this point 90 percent of this article's readers will have probably fled to the sports section. Many of the most celebrated Japanese instrumental post-rock bands have carved a niche for themselves as ...

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

Apr 29, 2014

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

by Ryotaro Aoki

"There's this idea (among Japanese bands) that you have to make something different from the Western music you listen to," says Yuto Uchino, singer for indie rock band The fin. "I was really trying hard to write in Japanese, but it was awkward. The ...

Crunch's debut mini-album aims for a 'sense of minority'

Mar 4, 2014

Crunch's debut mini-album aims for a 'sense of minority'

by Ian Martin

In a music scene where the border between underground and mainstream can be incredibly difficult to traverse, it's not surprising that many bands trapped in the indie-sphere bemoan their lot. What you hear less of is how that sense of exclusion, fostered by a cultural ...

Jesus Weekend will keep your family pet from a pit of despair

Feb 25, 2014

Jesus Weekend will keep your family pet from a pit of despair

by Ian Martin

"Animals don't commit suicide, but this song is so sad that even animals would want to kill themselves." Seira Nishigami, vocalist, guitarist and synth player from Osaka-based lo-fi indie trio Jesus Weekend, is trying to explain the feeling behind her group's evocatively titled "Animal Suicides," ...

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

May 9, 2013

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

by Shaun Curran

"I hadn't been anywhere before last year, I'd hardly left England. And now I'm going to Japan. I never thought I'd be going to a place like that. I think it is going to blow my mind." Jake Bugg is getting used to going places. ...