JAPAN UNDERGROUND: New Year Party + Tokyo’s AC/DC Tribute


AD/CDWhen: Thursday 30 January 2014 (7pm-10:30pm)
Where: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA. (map)
Nearest Tube/Train: Liverpool Street, Aldgate/East, Shoreditch High Street
Tickets: £5 on the door.
Bands: AD/CD, Of Fire and Flames, QWERTY.
DJ: Japanese rock, punk, metal and alternative
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/663263117029722/

Right, let’s kick this new year in good and proper. Thursday, end of January, you, the craziest AC/DC tribute band Tokyo has to offer, upcoming melodic punk outfit Of Fire and Fate and Japanese singer-songwriter Yuma Imaoka with his band QWERTY and shiny green bunny guitar. Sound good? You betcha! Plus Japan Underground’s resident DJ spinning a mixture of tracks from Japan to get you headbanging, fist swinging and having a damn good time – just a fiver on the door! See you there.

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Here’s a video from our events last year:

N’SHUKUGAWA BOYS Make London Return – 9 October

When: Wednesday 9 October 2013 (7pm-10:30pm)
Where: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA. (map)
Nearest Tube/Train: Liverpool Street, Aldgate/East, Shoreditch High Street
Tickets: £6 on the door.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/576146622447287

Japanese distorted rock trio N’SHUKUGAWA BOYS are known for ‘shocking costumes’ and ‘outrageous live performances’ in their native Japan, but on Wednesday 9 October they hope to make a name for themselves in the UK with an exclusive, rare live set at London punk dive The Pipeline.

Described as 80s inspired rock that is ‘poppy and cute. As bright as Cyndi Lauper but much, much more punk’ (MTV 81), N’SHUKUGAWA BOYS see themselves as a combination of their favourite rock heroes. “We inhale everything out of bands like Joy Division, Oblivians, The Smiths, The La’s, Velvet Underground, The Cure, The Kills, Suicide, The White Stripes, Barbee Boys, The Drums and Iggy Pop. Take a deep breath, and exhale this sound,” explains panda-eyed member MARYA Love.

N’SHUKUGAWA BOYS members ditch the band rulebook by each member taking turns at playing the drums, guitar and bass parts. More often than not bass is left out entirely to make way for improvised dance and other stage-based misbehaviour.

Their eclectic style has rewarded them with many fans across the world, with the videos to hit tracks Monogatari wa Chito? Fuantei and PLANET MAGIC on YouTube breaking one million views each.

Further details on [Champagne]’s UK Live Debut

When: Wednesday 15 May 2013 from 7pm.
Where: The Pipeline (basement), 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA.
Tickets: £7.50 advance (buy here), £10 on the door.
Support: Area 11 // NO CARS // Ken Kobayashi & The Colors // DJs and special guests
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/116765661855283/

Here’s some updated information about the special showcase show we have coming up this Wednesday with Japanese indie rockers [Champagne]! Check out all the bands involved, their stage times and don’t forget to share this page with your friends before tickets sell out!

[Champagne]

Stage time 9:30-10:30
Fresh from supporting the likes of Muse and Kasabian in Japan, Tokyo’s hottest new indie band [Champagne] venture to London to pay homage to the country that originally inspired them to create music; the UK. In Japan they’ve topped the indie charts, played major festivals such as Summer Sonic and become one of the most talked about new pop-rock bands of the last few years. You can check out all of their catchy music videos by clicking here and scrolling down. Or click the video below for one of our personal favourites:

Area 11

Stage time 8:40-9:10
Bristol’s finest Minecrafters (see this music video of theirs for reference)  are back! The boys released their debut album All The Lights in the Sky earlier this year, and it went straight to the top of Amazon’s MP3 rock chart, and entered at number 10 on the official UK rock chart. Earlier this month they supported My Vitriol at Koko in Camden, and now they’re here to support [Champagne]. Here’s a video of them tearing up the stage of Japan Underground, supporting FACT earlier this year:

No Cars

Stage time 7:55-8:25
Quirky all Japanese girl band No Cars have built a reputation for their zany live shows. Having supported the likes of Shonen Knife and Adam Ant, the girls, when not singing about tuna and cello-tape, have been known to bully members of the audience, do cartwheels, and generally cause a bit of a ruckus in the cutest way possible.

Ken Kobayashi and Colors

Stage time 7:15-7:40
Ken Kobayashi is a singer, songwriter and a producer based in London. Ken was born in London in 1988 between a German father and a Japanese mother. Spending childhood in Tokyo, Berlin and London, Ken was exposed to a wide range of range of music genres and movements. Ken started writing songs when he learnt to play the guitar at the age of 16. In 2009, He released his debut album My Big Foot Over the Sky.

Tickets are selling out fast – see you there!!

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JAPAN UNDERGROUND presents [Champagne]’s First UK Live – 15 May

When: Wednesday 15 May 2013 from 7pm.
Where: The Pipeline (basement), 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA.
Tickets: £7.50 advance (buy), £10 on the door.
Support: Area 11 // NO CARS // Ken Kobayashi & The Colors // DJs and special guests
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/116765661855283/

From performing on the streets of Harajuku, to rocking tens of thousands at SUMMER SONIC and a host of other top Japanese festivals, to selling out every tour they’ve ever done. [Champagne] are living proof that it is possible to go from indie heroes to full-blown rockstars in a matter of years, and now they’re ready to burst out from Japan for the next chapter in their musical conquest by performing in the UK for the first time.

[Champagne] will hold their first overseas headline show at The Pipeline, London on Wednesday 15 May 2013. Tickets for the show in London are on sale now (click here), priced at £7.50. They will also be available on the door whilst stocks last for £10.

The band will be joined with support from Brit internet sensation Area 11 – who recently celebrated chart success with their debut album ‘All the Lights in the Sky’ – and the quirky Japanese all-girl group No Cars, plus DJs and special guests.
Led by Yohei Kawakami (vocals and drums), who grew up in Syria, and Hiroyuki Isobe (bass and chorus) who grew up in America, [Champagne] manage to fuse the best from western and eastern music to create unique and catchy pop-rock songs. Since forming in 2007, they have released three albums; the first entitled ‘Where’s My Potato?’, followed by Oricon Indie Chart topper ‘I want to go to Hawaii’, and then ‘Schwarzenegger’, with a fourth hit album expected to be released soon.

Video Footage of FACT Wrecking Japan Underground on 1 March 2013

Mighty post-hardcore squad FACT celebrate their UK tour with a soldout headline show at Japan Underground on 1 March 2013! Stay tuned, the next Japan Underground will take place on Saturday 27th April at The Pipeline in London – see you there!

For now, check out the madness, as captured by Electric Bloom Webzine, of what went down at FACT’s show below:

HEADLINE: FACT


SUPPORT: AREA 11

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