Japan Underground: 4 Female Fronted Bands – 19 October

When: Friday 19 October 2012 from 7-11pm.
Where: The Pipeline , 94 Middlesex Street, E1 7DA.
Tickets: £5 adv. (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/190378) or with a flyer.  £8 on the door.
Event pages:
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Japan Underground returns with one of its most exciting live line-ups to date! FOUR artists from Japan, all rocking female vocalists. From heavy rock, to quirky and fun shibuya-kei, we have it all covered! Come along for one of our most unique nights ever!


Stage: 9:30. A newly formed rock outfit hailing from Japan’s musical boiling pot; Nagoya. The group promise to tear up London with their first overseas show. Helping them do so is model and vocalist Nozomi, bringing a surreal mixture of beauty and brawn to band’s sound. For fans of Queenadreena, Foo Fighters and a slice of punk attitude delivered in distinct, dreamy Japanese style. Check out their trailer for the show by clicking here. And if that catches your fancy, most definitely check out the music video to our favourite track of theirs 体液. Also worth checking out is their harder hitting Brain Washing.


Stage: 8:45. Get ready for a dose of sunshine pop, direct from Tokyo’s most fashionable distract;  Shibuya! miette-one is the solo project of sibuya-kei indie producer Sayuri Hashimoto. Back in Japan, she’s a respected name in the indie movement, managing labels abcdefg*record and GIRL SCHOOL, producing numerous cross-genre projects, and looking cute while eating udon soba. Her style is diverse, ranging from quirky French pop in Au revoir,les enfants/さようなら子供たち, to the chirpy, dreamy beats of the Good Morning Song.

yuki kawana

Stage: 8:00. “There is a reminiscence like of Pavement, Lou Barlow, SONIC YOUTH, PIXIES, and Beck, also the Velvet Underground, which is her roots… chords running through lo-fi sounds in a some what alt / grunge manner, pierced with a unexpectedly strong graceful voice” – that’s how HMV describes the solo project of yuki kawana, keyboardist of Tokyo indie-pop rock five-piece, Yucca. Armed with a Fender Mustang and a voice, Yuki brings her daydreams of surrealism to life. Check out her style with the video to her song a black swallowtail.

Jun Okada 

Stage: 7:20. Fresh from appearing on stage at Japan Matsuri in Trafalgar Square earlier this month, Jun Okada returns with her guitar in hand to serenade the crowds with the her sweet vocals. In Japan she’s received numerous amounts of radio time and won awards. Check out a live video of her in action by clicking here.

See you there!

About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

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