The Japan Times: The fin. tries to break through borders with its ‘Through the Deep’ EP

For the members of The fin., being a Japanese rock band isn’t easy. Ever since its inception, the four members say they have felt a sense of being on the outside of an industry that rarely embraces those who challenge established conventions. Even after garnering attention two years ago with debut EP “Glowing On the Red Shore,” the situation remains the same.

“I think we’ve been able to keep going because we play overseas. Our music would be a hard sell if we were only playing in Japan,” singer and songwriter Yuto Uchino tells The Japan Times at the offices of the group’s management company, Hip Land Music, in Tokyo. “J-pop is what’s popular. We’re perceived as being similar to other bands who operate abroad but aren’t that popular in Japan.”

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