This time it’s all about my recent exposure to a bunch of new (at least to me) Japanese indie music.
First up is electronic duo, 80kidz. These guys have been around for about 5 years and have been pretty busy, with two albums and an EP under their belt, as well as a ton of remixes of music like Ayumi Hamasaki, Orange Range, CSS, Metric, and a bunch more.
Hard for me to explain what they sound like, but they basically do all varieties of electronic dance music. Here’s a few examples, one a more electrohouse type of track and the second a bit more of a funky track (a collaboration with The Shoes).
For those of you in Fukui who are interested, they’ll be playing a show at Casa on Saturday, March 19th at 11:00, 3,000 in advance, 4,000 at the door. Even better, if it’s your birthday on March 19th or 20th (and you have ID to prove it), your ticket is free!
Now, I’ll switch to rock stuff, getting increasingly heavy. First up, is LAZYgunsBRISKY.
LAZYgunsBRISKY is a four piece all girl rock band that 75% old school garage rock and 25% Veruca Salt style chick rock. Great combination and really fun music. They’ve been around for about four years with one full length and two mini albums.
Next up, in order of heaviness, is 打首獄門同好会 (Uchikubigokumon Doukoukai).
打首獄門同好会 is a three piece rock/punk/metal/funk band with a strange name and equally strange songs. Their name, Uchikubugokumon Doukoukai roughly translates as the Association for Lovers of the Practice of Beheading People and Mounting Their Heads on Spears.
As I said before, their album and song titles and concepts are equally as fun. The two albums I own are called 打首獄門同好会さんが猛烈に自己アピール中です。(Uchikubigokumon Doukoukai are violently attempting to prove themselves.) and なわけで、それがし打首獄門同好会ですよろしくダカダダンジャーン (And thereby, we now present to you Uchikubigokumon Doukoukai Dakadadan Jaaan). Also, songs like Delicioustick (about the great Japanese snack うまいぼう, which literally means delicious stick, and all it’s various flavors), Grandchild Power, Hungry Dance, and Donuts Song Phenomenon continue the weird.
But on top of the silliness, these guys are really good. They definitely fit into to the same sort of genre that Maximum the Hormone (probably my favorite Japanese band ever) fits into, which is cool because there aren’t many bands like that. Mixing heavy rock with some metal elements, pop elements, punk elements, and some funky bass lines, it’s just fun music. Here’s a taste: Delicioustick and Grandchild Power
Last but not least, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
This six piece metalcore band started out about 3 years ago and has released a few EPs and one full length album last November. What sets them apart from other metalcore bands is there inclusion of electronic dance music like eurobeat muic, often times using dance beats that could have come right out of a parapara song. But it works. Even at it’s cheesiest, it’s good and infectiously catchy; and at it’s heaviest, it competes with the most brutal of metal core bands. Here’s a few choice cuts. The first is one of their most electronic, danciest tracks (Love at First Sight) and the second is my personal favorite from the album (Stray in Chaos) with a really nice metal core breakdown at around the 2:10 mark. Not sure where this album can be bought, but if you do a google search, you should be able to easily find a copy.
Well, that’s all for this time. Will definitely do another one of these next time I discover some more good Japanese Indies stuff. For more info, check out the following websites:
80kidz – Myspace
打首獄門同好会 – Myspace