JAPAN & KOREA: UNITED IN ROCK

LONDON: 12 May 2014

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Three award winning artists from Asia will perform a very special showcase set in London for the first time on Monday 12 May 2014. Coming in all the way from Korea is indie rockers Asian Chairshot, produced by Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, and nominated for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song at the 2014 Korean Music Awards. They’ll be joined by guitar slap heroes TarO&JirO, winners of the Japanese leg of Emergenza, the world’s largest battle of the bands competition. And last, but by no means least, is the award winning singer-songwriter Mayu Wakisaka, fresh from playing this year’s SXSW and The Great Escape Festival. All that, plus authentic Japanese street food, beer, and JAPAN UNDERGROUND’s resident DJ spinning rock, punk and indie tunes from the east all night.

TarO&JirO

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Fans of MIYAVI, eat your hearts out. TarO&JirO slap guitars to the power of two! They’ve shared stages with guitar legends such as Scorpions (Rock Oz’Arènes) and Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Steve Morse at the Guitare en Scene in 2012, just to name a few. In 2013 they entered Emergenza, the world’s largest battle-of-the-bands competition and won the 1st place in the Japanese division with their energetic and contagious performance. Soon after they headed to Germany to compete in the Emergenza World Final and although they didn’t win, they still landed 2nd place for best guitarists. Upon their return home they were immediately signed to TEICHIKU Records and dropped their first album Brothers Fight at the end of 2013. Catch them live in an intimate venue before they explode!
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OwZ20vD9So

Asian Chairshot

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Formed in 2011, Seoul, Korea’s Asian Chairshot took their name from a powerful (and very illegal) move done by many a professional wrestler to knock out their opponents – the famed “chair shot.” And just like a chair shot, the trio’s hard-hitting mix of psychedelic music, garage rock, and alt-rock usually has little trouble stopping people dead in their tracks. In December 2013, Asian Chairshot recorded their first full-length album. It was produced by Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder and engineered by Ryan Grostefon, who worked with Smashing Pumpkins on their 2012 Oceania disc. Asian Chairshot started off this year by receiving nominations for “Best Rock Album” and “Best Rock Song” at the 2014 Korean Music Awards. In March, they traveled to Singapore to perform at the Mosaic Music Festival. In May, they will be embarking on their first UK tour to play at Liverpool Sound City. “Korean rockers Asian Chairshot combine explosive guitars, bass and drum work with vocal melodies that are uniquely full of surprises.” – Music Weekly Asia
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7gVrQ3cY7w

Mayu Wakisaka

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Mayu Wakisaka is an an award winning singer-songwriter and her songs have been preloaded on Sony’s mp3 player “Walkman”. A native of Japan’s entertainment city, Osaka, Mayu, quit law school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. Her style is a warm mix of folk, pops and jazz with unique and well-written English lyrics. She is the winner of International Acoustic Music Award (Open Category) and also a finalist of “UK songwriting contest” “Australian Songwriting Contest” and “Great American Song Contest”. She has upcoming release of “Halfway to You”, a compilation album of her previous EPs in Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. In 2014, she has several international shows including SXSW in USA and the Great Escape in UK.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2STSV_mUAq4

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Misaruka live DVD [D.C.] on sale June 11, 2014

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Featuring footage of Misaruka’s one-man live show held on March 4,
2014, in commemoration of vocalist Rui’s birthday as well as the
release of their first full album’s second press!

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DVD Tracklist
01. -Sin-
02. -Curse of Contract-
03. -Forbidden-
04. -Prince-
05. -Falth&Truth-
06. -Juliet-
07. -Jester-
08. -Rasen-
09. -L’oiseau blue-
10. -amakusa-
11. -Violet-
12. -My dear rose-

Live DVD [D.C.]
May 22, 2014: available for pre-sale at live venues
June 11, 2014: on sale in stores
Disc number: SWMR-10
Label: Starwave Records
Distribution: FWD Inc.
Price: 4,320 (tax in)
Limit 1000 copies

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SANA on Tour of Europe for the first time!

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From 28th march of 2014, SANA – guitarist of popular in 2000s, but disbanded japanese visual kei band MASK, and current guitarist of Kain, will go to his first solo tour in Europe! European fans of Japanese music already met him last year, during EU tour of famous Japanese singer Satsuki, when SANA played with him as a support-guitarist.

Since released in 2006 solo-album “Hitoribochi” in Japan, SANA dreamed to release his songs and music worldwide, and now his dream come true! Promoting European editions of new single “ism” SANA will visit 8 countries and 16 cities during “Synesthesia” tour.

 

* March 28th – Odessa, Ukraine @ Cardan Club

* March 30th – Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine @ RK Club

* April 2nd – Sofia, Bulgaria @ Club Mixtape 5

* April 4th – Donetsk, Ukraine @ Kunderbunt Club

* April 5th – Moscow, Russia @ SEVEN Club

* April 6th – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia @ Sin City Club

* April 8th – Saint Petersburg, Russia @ Dada Club

* April 9th – Rostov-on-Don, Russia @ Tochka Club

* April 12th – Lyon, France @ Japan Touch Haru

* April 13th – Kharkov, Ukraine @ JARA Club

* April 15th – Luhansk, Ukraine @ R-CLUB

* April 19th – Almaty, Kazakhstan @ Kotodom Club

* April 20th – Kyiv, Ukraine @ Rainbow Club

* April 24th – Wroclaw, Poland @ Lykend Club

* April 25th – Furstenfeldbruck, Germany @ Animuc 2014

* April 26th – Grenade, Spain @ FicZone

Important Announcement from Synk;yet

 

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Thank you for your continued support of Synk;yet. We have an important announcement to share with all of you.
Bassist Shiori has been on break from live activities since January of this year to undergo treatment for nodular sclerosing Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but as a result of his medical exam on March 28, it has been determined that he should fully recover by April 25. Thus, he will resume live activities with the band as of May 4.
A free oneman live commemorating Synk;yet’s return and the release of their MV collection, [dimension of vision], will be held at Ikebukuro Cyber on May 12.
We apologize for keeping our fans waiting for so long and thank you for your continuing support of Synk;yet.
The members of Synk;yet / Starwave Records, Inc.

<Comment from bassist Shiori>

“I apologize for the trouble and worry that I’ve caused to all who have continued to support me throughout my break. I wish I could report that I’ve completely healed, but due to the nature of Hodgkin’s lymphoma – that is, cancer – I can’t say I’m over it completely.
I will undergo regular follow-up exams for five years following the end of my treatment to watch for signs of relapse. I’ll begin radiation therapy starting on April 2 for as many as 18 treatments, and then I will return to the stage.
Please wait for me just a bit longer”.

Shiori