Getting signed to a major label is a goal many bands aspire to, but what happens when your contract ends halfway through the making of your sophomore LP? You start your own label and put it out yourself. That is what guitar pop band Pirokalpin did with its new album, “A New Philosophy.” Released through […]

After an appearance at SXSW and their first US East Coast tour as headliners, Japanese instrumental post-rock band Lite released a new EP, ‘Approaches 4’, as a free download. The six track EP consists of live sessions conducted at the newly opened Red Bull Studios Tokyo back, which was also broadcast live via webstream. With […]

4人組インストルメンタルロック・バンドLITEが、3月にRed Bull Studios Tokyoで行ったスタジオライブを無料配信音源『APPROACHES 4』として発表した。期間限定(2015年 5月19日 22:30 – 6月30日)の音源は未発表の新曲「Balloon」を含む全6曲。常に前へ走り続ける彼らは今回の音源のリリース記念として、6月に東京・大阪でのワンマンと、その後8月にはパリとロンドンでワンマン公演を行うことを発表。 そんな多方面でますます活動を極めて行く彼らに話を伺った。ギターの武田信幸とギター・シンセの楠本構造をRed Bull Japanのオフィスに迎え、スタジオライブ、アメリカツアー、そして6月から予定されているワンマンツアーについて語ってもらった。 Red Bull Studiosのホームページにて掲載。

Tracks such as “Till the Night Comes,” an uplifting ballad that suddenly gains a kinetic energy with a riveting, goosebumps-inducing violin midway through, and “Uka — Tenshi no Ibuki” (“Emergence — The Breath of an Angel”), a drumless ambient track making use of a reverse delay, are both highlights that effectively employ extensive looping and […]

そんなパワフルなライブバンドとしての実力を見せつけたLITE。スタジオのライブルームに機材を用意し、SXSW2015でも披露した新曲も含んだそのセットは約1時間に及んだ。ジャンルや国境を超えるエモーショナルかつアグレッシブな実力派な彼らのサウンドはコントロールルームのSSL G4040のミキシングボードを通し、ブレも無くスピーカーからクリアに流れ出た。 Red Bull Studiosのホームページにて掲載。

Despite this, the band ultimately chose to release its album via a major label, a decision that came from feelings of inadequacy that the band wasn’t capable of creating a salable product on its own. Matsuzaka says the band’s process hasn’t changed much, but it does have access to more money. In fact, instead of […]

Check out my interview with CQ, a band featuring former members of Tokyo Shoegazer, Honeydip, and Plastic Tree. Read it in The Japan Times. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/04/03/music/cq-will-take-worlds-end/

My interview with pop-rock outfit Negoto’s Sachiko Aoyama about their new album, “Vision.” Read it at The Japan Times website. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/03/17/music/negotos-vision-sees-beyond-genres/

Here’s an interview I did with Ningen Isu, the “Japanese Black Sabbath,” for the Japan Times. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/01/20/music/perseverance-wins-ningen-isu-encore/

The people at Red Bull’s global site asked me to pick 5 up-and-coming Japanese bands to check out. http://www.redbull.com/en/music/stories/1331688373896/introducing-five-up-and-coming-japanese-bands