Japan Underground: BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE, Taigen Kawabe (from Bo Ningen) and COLORS – 27 April

When: Saturday 27 April 2013 from 7pm.
Where: The Pipeline (basement), 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA.
Tickets: £5 advance (click here), £7 on the door.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/442402782502160/

Get ready for a night of mayhem in the company of some of Japan’s finest rockers. Japan Underground has finally finished mopping up the sweat from our last hard rock party, which featured one of east’s finest post-hardcore artists, FACT (check out this video for a glimpse of what went down that night). Now we’re back with a showcase set featuring THREE rock acts that we guarantee will melt your mind. Plus our usual DJ piling on the rockiest, heaviest and all out coolest tracks from Japan for your pleasure. Just get a load of this line-up:

BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE

To weigh down our rock, we have called upon Kobe’s newest metal outfit BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE (pictures above). Looming from the shadows of doom metal, and inspired from the likes of Korn, SCREW, DIR EN GREY and alt. noise makers Pay money To my pain, this band bring a unique, artist and deeply haunting edge to the evening’s proceedings. Here’s a preview clip we used for their first ever overseas show earlier in the year:

TAIGEN KAWABE (FROM BO NINGEN)

When he’s not fronting one of the hottest names in psychedelic rock, Bo Ningen, Taigen Kawabe is busy crafting music on his own. Armed with a bass, impressively long hair and an effect pedal, he becomes a one man army of mind melting sound.  Some have likened his solo work to a spiritual experience. So fittingly, here’s a video of his band in action. In a church. Taigen Kawabe, we’re not worthy.

COLORS

Bringing the 80s back! London-based Japanese rock outfit COLORS borrows influences from many genres of music. It’s front man Kenji loves British punk, new wave and old skool visual kei, while other members take inspiration from heavy metal, pop and even a bit of a good old drum ‘n’ bass. They recorded their first music video last year, get your leathers out and have a gander.

SOCIALive vol.2: 8 Artists, 1 Stage… £3?! Sunday 30 December

GAKUNOWA is seeing the year out by organising its second show, aptly named SOCIALive vol.2. The event, taking place at The Old Queens Head between Angle and Essex Road Station in London on Sunday 30 December, will showcase eight London-based artists that have a Japanese element. Doors open at 7pm, the same time the first band hits the stage, and entry is a steal at a mere £3.

The schedule for the night is as follows;
7:00-7:20pm: Unisun
An eclectic collective of musicians that play music from a variety of sources (primarily Japanese) as well as original material. Check out their cover of Faye Wong’s ‘Eyes on Me’ here.

7:25-7:45pm: Kajon
We caught her supporting S.S.ROCKET’s at their final show and were blown away by her heartfelt, dreamy take on ambient pop. If you like KOKIA you’ll love Kajon.

7:50-8:10pm: Tito
To be fair, this is the one artist on the bill we’ve never heard of – and we can’t seem to find their homepage either.. but! According to the GAKUNOWA crew, Tito (pronounced ‘Tea Toe’) consists of spontaneously gathered pop creatures that will ease your mind with catchy and melodic tunes.

8:15-8:35pm: Flaviyake
Okay, we lied. We don’t know Flaviyake either. Its front lady says the name is a ‘combination of my Italian name Flaviya and a Japanese ending, created after visiting an exhibition of a Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake’. So there. Anyway, if their set’s anything like their song ‘ELECTRONIC BOY‘, expect a Euro-pop dance feel.

Akari Mochizuki

8:40-9:15pm: Akari Mochizuki & Hibiki Ichikawa ft. Chapa
The most established of all the acts, this twosome combine enka classics thanks to vocalist Akari, with the craftsmanship of the shamisen with master Hibiki. This performance will include flute too for the first time, courtesy of Chapa.

9:30-9:55pm: The Common Sense
A brand new indie-rock band from Japan, based in London! So new, in fact, that their Facebook page linked above had only two likes before we came along and boosted it to three. They have a few live videos on YouTube, one being this one – all songs are in English too!

Jun Okada

10:00-10:25pm: Jun Okada
You might remember the lovely Jun as the opening singer-songwriter at our event on 19 October with four Japanese girl bands. Expect a slice of acoustic pop-rock.

10:35-11:00pm: Colors
According to their site they’re an 80s J-rock band formed in 2010. Make of that what you will, but vocalist KenG and drummer Paul are top blokes, so definitely check them out. They even have a PV.

If you like the sound of all that, click your attendance on the Facebook event page.

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