|Japan Underground Live: May 14 & 16|
|Wednesday, 02 May 2012 11:26|
Japan Underground will pull off a two-day showcase featuring three of Japan's hottest indie-rock acts this month.
Collectively, the bands have toured with Oasis, rocked America – twice, dominated Japan’s Fuji Rock festival and caused a huge impact on their home country’s indie rock scene.
Now, all three, 8otto, Miila and the Geeks and NOKIES! are joining forces for a night of quiet possibly the best new music to come from Japan, and it’s taking place right here in the UK at The Pipeline in London on Monday 14 May and Birmingham's Hare & Hounds on Wednesday 16 May.
8otto performed at Japan's coveted Fuji Rock festival last year and opened for Beady Eye as well as Oasis a few years prior. Their trademarked take on garage-rock is highlighted by their afro-donning frontman Masaki Maenosono, who belts out the group's catchy vocals from behind a drumkit.
Blissfully cheerful indie-pop unit NOKIES! toured America in March and recently travelled across Japan supporting Casiokids. Now they're heading to the UK for the first time and have already been causing a noise on Twitter about it with several musical figures tweeting about it.
Last but not least is Miila and the Geeks, a kooky female fronted band clearly influenced from the riot grrrl movement and Japan's own trendy Shibuya kei style, over laced with a distinctively British swagger. Its vocalist Moe is also a resected figure in Tokyo unsigned scene, where she's a member of several influential bands.
All three acts will perform between DJs sets of classic and new tracks from Japan’s rock, electronic and alternative genres.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £6 in advance or £8 on the door. Door entry is half-price for anyone with an afro bigger than that of 8otto’s vocalist.
Monday 14 May 2012
Wednesday 16 May 2012 Hare & Hounds, 106 High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B1 4 7JZ.