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Porte/Doors open: 8pm
Show starts: 9pm (prompt!)
$10 in advance http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4134814
$15 at the door
More info: http://www.nextmusicfromtokyo.com
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.
宇宙コンビニ (Uchu Combini)
Math pop. A perfect description for the dynamic precise drumming, double tapped guitar and soothing female vocals dropping from the shelves of Uchu Conbini (Outer Space Convenience Store). Uchu Conbini are a very young band from Kyoto who are already creating buzz throughout Japan and even overseas with their beautifully made music videos that showcase their lush, intricate songwriting and impressive technical chops. On stage they may not be the most lively or energetic band but they play with surgical precision and let the grace and power of their music do the talking.
Happy!Mari are a young underground pop band from Kashiwa. Founding the band in high school guitarist-vocalist Shinmen remains the sole original member and his high pitched voice and vocal gymnastics underscore Happy!Mari’s unique sound. Drummer Takaishi joined the group four years ago and took over song-writing duties drastically changing the tone and style of Happy!Mari’s music; although, Shinmen continues to pen all lyrics. Happy!Mari’s willingness to experiment with their sound from one song to the next allows for a degree of creativity and freshness rarely seen in bands today.
Hailing from Japan’s former capital city of Kyoto, jizue was born out of a love of jazz and… soccer. Their band name (pronounced ji-zu) is a derivation of French soccer legend Zinedine Zidane’s nickname ‘Zizou.’ Post-rock and jazz form the roots of jizue’s music; however, they embrace a multitude of styles such as electronic, hardcore, noise and salsa to add character and variety to their songs. Phenomenally talented musicians, jizue’s smooth instrumental jazz driven by piano and clean guitars packs an unexpectedly fearsome punch.