[SHOWS] Next Music from Tokyo, featuring Uchu Conbini and more

[SHOWS] Next Music From Tokyo

[PM : Pour être conséquent avec notre désir déjà depuis longtemps assumé de vouloir créer des liens entre les scènes franco et anglophones du Québec et d’ailleurs, nous vous annonçons officiellement le début du bilinguisme chez Vakarme. Bien entendu, le contenu restera à 95% francophone, mais notre nouveau rédacteur David se chargera de publier des articles en anglais de temps à autres. Sur ce : vive la diversité, et vivement une attitude plus unie et harmonieuse entre franco et anglophones de la province.]

Next Music from Tokyo is an incredible incentive that brings Japanese bands to Canada for a short tour of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. What is perhaps most noteworthy is that the entire tour is organized and funded by one guy, who clearly puts a ton of hard work, stress and his own money to host bands that would probably never otherwise play shows here. The next series, his 6th, is arguably the most exciting yet, and it stops through Montreal on May 19 at le Divan Orange.

Uchu Conbini are a three piece who borrow influences from the Kinsella family, British math-emo bands like TTNG and melodic math-rock bands like Maps and Atlases and Piglet to create their own interpretation of the genre. They are young (between 20-21 years old), extremely talented, and write beautiful songs, but it is ultimately Emi Ohki’s gorgeous voice and melodies that truly set them apart.

Kinoko Teikoku are a captivating band that marry shoegaze, emo and post-rock in a truly unique and exciting way. I first heard their single Sea Bouquet and was completely overwhelmed by the perfectly executed explosive crescendos, the warm, lush, chorus-heavy riffs, and Sato’s enchanting voice. Like Uchu Conbini and most other Japanese bands, they are expertly produced and sound fantastic on record, and I am eager to see how that translates in a live setting.

Jizue are one of many incredible emo-jazz/post-rock bands from Japan, alongside bands like Toe, Mouse on the Keys and A Picture of Her. Jizue, however, are also heavily indebted to the world of jazz-fusion, thus creating a fascinating and innovative sound. They are all incredibly virtuosic players and should be pretty thrilling to watch live.

Happy!Mari! are a super energetic band that sound like a poppy mix of The Mars Volta and Deerhoof. It was impossible to find anything but live recordings of this band (word to Japanese bands, get a bandcamp page) but they seem to put on an incredible live show.

As far as I’m concerned, Japan has one of the most exciting music scenes in the world right now, and it is incredible that Next Music from Tokyo has assembled such a diverse and talented lineup to showcase in Montreal. Check these bands out because it’s pretty unlikely that they’ll ever return!