Saturday, October 10, 2009

The past and present of bands tearing up Japan's underground scene

Friday, Oct. 9, 2009

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Then and now: Yolz in the Sky formed in a music scene created in large part by artists such as Phew. JAMES HADFIELD PHOTO

Special to The Japan Times

Old school: Notable for Koichi Makigami's distinctive, Kabuki-influenced vocal style, Hikashu were, alongside P-Model and The Plastics, one of the defining bands of Japanese new wave and technopop, although from their poppy debut they quickly tacked in a more experimental direction. At Drive to 2010 they are notable for being one of only a handful of artists to perform at all three "Drive to . . . " events. MORE HERE.

Friday, Oct. 9, 2009

All aboard for Drive to 2010

J-Punk's ultimate bash celebrates 30 years

Special to The Japan Times

It's Aug. 28, 1979, and the audience dutifully files into the old Shinjuku Loft livehouse to take their places, seated on the floor in preparation for another night of quiet musical appreciation. This time, however, something strange starts to happen. People keep coming in, the audience have to shuffle forward, it starts to get tighter, a few people stand up. Soon, for the first time in Japan, a packed crowd of 300 people are standing to watch leading lights of the Japanese punk scene like Friction, Lizard and The Star Club blaze a trail out of the 1970s and into the uncertain world of the new decade. More HERE.

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