Critically acclaimed tour of Japanese indie bands returns to Vancouver!
Next Music From Tokyo vol. 6
May 21st at Biltmore Cabaret. Tix $10 advance. $15 Door. Red Cat, Zulu, Highlife, Ticketweb.
Next Music from Tokyo is a non-profit, one-of-a-kind tour transporting the audience on a virtual trip to a gig in Tokyo’s underground live house scene. Choosing the line-up of bands each tour is a painstaking process that strives to showcase a wide mix of musical styles while emphasizing the highest quality of music and performance on-stage. The goal is to curate the best concert the audience has ever seen by featuring Japanese bands that play with a degree of skill, creativity, energy and passion that is rarely seen in Canada. Vol 2 was named the best concert in Montreal for 2010 by the Montreal Mirror. Vol 3 included a legendary sold-out show at the Rivoli which made BlogTO’s list of best concerts in Toronto for 2011. “Will I be able to enjoy the music if I don’t understand Japanese?” Music transcends the Japanese-English language barrier because even without lyrics music uses rhythm, melody and tone to communicate a myriad of emotions with feedback reciprocating from the audience in the form of applause, cheers and dancing. Even if sushi, Godzilla and karaoke are the only Japanese words in your vocabulary you cam still enjoy the music thoroughly and appreciate the gist of the emotional content and ideas being expressed. Next Music from Tokyo may not succeed in becoming the best show you see your entire life but we’ll settle for somewhere in the top 3 while introducing Canadians to the great music that is overflowing from all parts of Japan, especially Tokyo.
Bands participating this year:
Kinoko Teikoku are a shoegaze band who don’t mind breaking a few rules. Instrumentally, they follow the giant footsteps of Ride and MBV
but make musical detours along the paths formed by Cap N Jazz, Radiohead, Explosions in the Sky, Jeff Buckley and Battles.However, the vocals are where Kinoko Teikoku veer off most from traditional shoegaze. Some songs harbour the soft ethereal drone of classic shoegazer but their hallmark is the dynamic range of Sato’s hauntingly beautiful vocals that soar skyward with passion and intensity.
Uchu Conbini which means Outer Space Convenience Store are a young band from Kyoto. Their music is best described as 'math pop' blending intricate instrumentation in odd time signatures with pop sensibility and beautifully soothing female vocals.
Jizue upholds NMFT's tradition of bringing the cream of the crop of Japanese instrumental bands to Canada. Beautiful jazz and post-rock mixing in electronic, hardcore, and latin beats for variety. They’re an unbelievably talented band whose performances ooze passion and energy. Seeing them perform the song “dance” alone is well worth the price of admission.
Happy!Mari is geeky, emo, undergound pop filled with plenty of passion, power and wtf. The music is incredibly melodic, undeniably fresh and packs a formidable punch.
nayuta have gained a reputation in Japan’s underground scene for their improvisational chops and unique style of psychedelic, progressive, blues and rock. Their music may seem too quirky at first but ultimately they’ll win the audience over with their vocal harmonies and impeccable skill.