Art & Design

Japan Underground ft. Tokyo Pinsalocks, GalapagosS & HONDALADY

15 October 2011, London

Japan Underground is back, bringing with it the energy and sparkle of Tokyo’s alternative night life – and this time three electronically charged bands from the Tokyo indie scene too! Plus tracks from J-rock, visual kei, metal and quirky pop scenes until 3am! (And that’s not forgetting the karaoke room, bowling, pool and ping pong fun available too!) See the site for full details:

The bands performing live are;

Tokyo Pinsalocks are a psychedelicious three-girl groove-pop outfit who have toured the UK and US several times. In step with the Tokyo music scene, their latest album, ‘KURUKURU TO GURUGURU’, takes on a more electronic sound, and the trio’s fun live show pits bass and drum grooves against Naoko’s ice-cool modulated vocals.

GalapagosS is the brand-new project of Sharaku Kobayashi (vocals/guitar/sequencer), from the internationally successful chiptune unit FLOPPY. The new group’s name reflects the insular evolution of Japan’s society in isolation from the rest of the world, tapping the zeitgeist to inform their 8bit-soaked fusion of techno pop, new wave and punk. They perform as a full band, giving blisteringly aggressive live shows, and borrow as much from anime, manga and videogames as they do from music.

Techno-rock unit HONDALADY have history stretching back to 1996 but have performed as a two-man outfit since 2002. Their 8th album, ‘Sneaker mon amour’, has been an underground hit in Japan, and the duo have also written music for videogames on Nintendo Wii, growing them a fanbase among gameheads in Europe and the US. Gamers may recognise member Yusuke Kozaki, he designed the characters of the super insane video game ‘No More Heroes’.

Admission: £10 adv ( £13 on the door.

15 October 2011

Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU


Tom Smith