Japanese Rock Band Lost Ash Confirmed for HYPER JAPAN

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The first live act for this year’s HYPER JAPAN Festival has been announced as Japanese rock band Lost Ash. The event, taking place at The O2 in London between 10-12 July 2015, has told us that this summer’s show will contain its strongest music line-up to date, including a dedicated live-venue with many more artists expected to be announced soon.

Lost Ash are Daiki (vocals), Show (guitar), Sai (bass) and Dye (drums). They’ve started developing a name for themselves since forming in 2009, including a festival appearance in Singapore and a nationwide tour of Japan in 2014. They’ve also been featured in popular J-fashion magazine “Men’s Spider”. This will be the first time the band has performed outside of Asia – to celebrate they recorded a special video message for HYPER JAPAN:

MIYAVI Announces Album & World Tour 2014

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The outrageous, fun loving and exceptionally talented guitarist, MIYAVI is back on the world circuit in 2014. Today he announced that his album “MIYAVI” will be released throughout Europe on the 24th February 2014 followed by an extensive European tour. The three legs of the tour include Asia, Europe and Japan. This news has quickly followed the announcement that MIYAVI will feature as an actor in Angelina Jolie’s upcoming film “Unbroken”, due for release in December 2014.

European tour dates are as follows:

● 2014/3/14(fri) Paris, FRANCE LA Cigale
● 2014/3/15(sat) London, UK Shepherds Bush Empire
● 2014/3/16(sun) Helsinki,FINLAND Circus
● 2014/3/17(mon) Copenhagen,DENMARK DR Concert House
● 2014/3/19(wed) Moscow, RUSSIA Izestiya Hall
● 2014/3/20(thu) St. Petersburg, RUSSIA Aurora Club
● 2014/3/21(fri) Krasnodar, RUSSSIA Arena Hall
● 2014/3/23(sun) Krakow, POLAND Club Studio
● 2014/3/24(mon) Budapest, HUNGARY Barba Negra Music Club
● 2014/3/26(wed) Berlin, GERMANY Columbia Club
● 2014/3/27(thu) Cologne, GERMANY Live Music Hall

With a career spanning an impressive number of years and themes, and three successful world tours already under his belt, we’re very much looking forward to seeing what MIYAVI brings to the table in 2014. His sound is unmistakable, and his talents are solid. You won’t have seen a guitarist play like this live before in your life. A big fan of drama, we expect the MIYAVI circus to hit Europe hard and leave it with a hangover.

We can’t wait.

In the meantime, make sure you’re following the man himself on twitter @MIYAVI_OFFICIAL – you don’t want to miss any of the random moves MIYAVI makes, especially if he’s on his way to Europe!

For a taster of the upcoming album, check out the music video for Secret:

LM.C’s New Album Bringing All The Best B-Sides to Europe

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How’s your alphabet? Got all your A’s, B’s and LM.C’s? They aren’t convinced. LM.C think you might be missing a few essential B’s, so they have brought their latest album full of B-Side BEST!! to Europe. How kind of them!

Starting as a live band project and finding major Visual Kei success in 2006, this electro-rock guitar duo have carved out a style of their very own with their loud, bright costumes and seriously complicated music. With all their experiments and adventurous sounds, it’s fair to say that LM.C are one of the most musically interesting Visual Kei units there is. Maya and Aiji are veterans of how to rock, and get a chance to show it off with this heavy B-Side party.

This seventeen track album collects B-Sides from throughout Maya and Aiji’s entire career together, including some contributed by their evil alter egos, THE MAD LM.C. We can see why LM.C have decided to make an album by collecting all these tracks together – it’s time they had their chance to shine. The chance to get whimsical and weird on B-Side tracks has always been a thrill for this band, and it has produced some seriously cool music.

Out of the seventeen tracks, it’s difficult to choose highlights, but the return of Haunted House make a Secret and …with VAMPIRE has got to be a big one. Two of LM.C’s debut tracks, these creepy, sweet songs will LM.C press photo B-Side BEST!!-001have you groovin’ in no time. The combination of electronic samba rhythms, rap vocals and super heavy guitar, which all became B-Side staples for LM.C, started with these tracks.

For a different sound, check out ningyo no namida, a ska driven track with a killer guitar solo in LM.C’s favourite gritty, tough guitar sound. It also features some random steel drum sounds which momentarily transport you to the Caribbean. Alternatively, try Bad Spider or Shibuya Cantabile for some super speedy riffs and curious lyrics. No matter where you look on this track-list, there’s something exciting.

The album closes with three of LM.Cs most recent B-Sides, contributed by evil reincarnate, THE MAD LM.C. It must be useful having an alter ego this good at writing B-Sides, their remix of ★Rock the LM.C★ will knock your socks off.

As an all ’round album, this album showcases a full timeline of LM.C’s best experiments, hard rock and the cutest vocals you’ll hear this year. Furthermore, how often do you stumble upon a band whose sole purpose in life seem to be to scare you with cuteness? Not often, so you should definitely consider acquiring it from our good friends over at GAN-SHIN immediately.

Title: B-Side BEST!!
Release Date: June 28th, 2013

Tracklist:
1. GEKI FANFARE (4:04)LM.C_JWL_0508A
2. @Funny Phantom@ (4:27)
3. mR. century (4:07)
4. Haunted House make a Secret (4:43)
5. marble-s (4:40)
6. maple leaf (4:46)
7. Tiny Circus (4:19)
8. …with VAMPIRE (3:38)
9. DAYS (3:52)
10. ningyo no namida (3:59)
11. A Blueberry Night (4:07)
12. YASHA姫 (PRINCESS YASHA) (4:11)
13. Bad Spider (3:36)
14. Shibuya Cantabile (4:48)
15. ★Rock the LM.C★ by THE MAD LM.C (4:37)
16. No Fun. No Future. by THE MAD LM.C (2:58)
17. MAD or DIE by THE MAD LM.C (3:59)

Available from: iTunes and Amazon mp3 NOW!

THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S to Tour Europe in 2013

Since appearing at HYPER JAPAN alongside Tomoyasu Hotei and nutter squad NINJAMAN JAPAN in November, visual kei fivesome THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S have developed a taste for Europe. They’ve just confirmed an 11-date European tour, starting in Russia on 16 February, and concluding in Paris on 3 March 2013. They’ll be playing The Garage in Highbury on Saturday 2 March 2013. Tickets are on sale now for £28.25 plus fees from TicketWeb.

THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S European Tour Dates:
Sat 16 Feb: Relax, Moscow, Russia.
Sun 17 Feb: Gloria, Helsinki, Finland.
Tue 19 Feb: Logo, Hamburg, Germany.
Fri 22 Feb: Crystal Club, Berlin, Germany.
Sat 23 Feb: Firlej, Wroclaw, Poland.
Sun 24 Feb: Werkstatt, Köln, Germany.
Tue 26 Feb: Feierwerk, München, Germany.
Wed 27 Feb: Theatre Club, Milano, Italy.
Fri 01 Mar: Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Sat 02 Mar: The Garage, Highbury, London, England. (moved from The Underworld)
Sun 03 Mar: Le Divan du Monde, Paris, France.

If you’re wondering why some of the band look so familiar, it’s probably because of members ZERO and TSUKASA, formerly of the industrial visual outfit D’espairsRay (here, have a video of theirs on us). The remaining members spawn from FANATIC◇CRISIS, DASEIN and RIDERCHIPS. Anyway, THE MICRO HEAD 4’NS also have an album out across the UK and Europe digitally called A Beginning from the End, intently ironic as the band was born from the remnants of now defunct acts.

Artist: THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S
Title: A Beginning from the End

Tracklist:
01. A Beginning from the End (2:48)
02. Hello My Clone (3:34)
03. Glorious Blaze (3:37)
04. Photograph (4:11)
05. I Surrender (3:56)
06. Monster’s Roar (3:25)
07. White Soul (3:47)
08. Konosaki Zutto… (3:44)

Available now from iTunes stores across Europe.

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