Last weekend, my friends and I had the most amazing time in London – we got to go to The O2 and watch some of the most amazing Japanese rock bands I have ever heard! First off, let me tell you how this all happened… over the course of a few days – London and particularly The O2 became filled with all things Japanese with the event “Hyper Japan”! Japanese Films, Anime, Merchandise, Food…. and of-course, Music seemed to be everywhere – and for good reason!
I knew…As soon as I was told about Vamps playing in London that I had to go! I’m telling you, the energy of their performances is unreal – they pack a mighty punch in the rock scene in Japan and are starting to make big waves in the UK. I love them.
One band that really surprised me was [Alexandros] , whose inspiration is derived from the UK indie and rock scene proved to be a massive hit at The O2! I already have their songs on repeat! Not only do they have some pretty epic songs, but they really channeled a great deal emotion through their set!
I cant wit to see Vamps and[ Alexandros] again! Lets hope their next visit to the UK wont be as fleeting!
For those of you that want to find out more, take a listen to some of their amazing sets below:
Formed by HYDE from L’Arc-en-Ciel and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust) in 2008, in the 7
years since their formation, they have played a total of more than 350 live shows
both in Japan and internationally. Well known for their signature “take-over” style live
shows at the ZEPP venues throughout Japan, the duo continue to play a vast variety
of shows, including arena venues, outdoor gigs and their famous annual Halloween
Officially started in 2007, the band has released four albums and successfully sold
out all of their tours. Despite being independent, their single and album releases
have all charted in the Oricon top 10. [Alexandros] have opened up for bands like
MUSE, PRIMAL SCREAM, and KASABIAN when they have played in Japan.
Recently, they have played overseas at “SXSW” in the U.S., “THE GREAT ESCAPE”
in England, and “one-man” concerts in Taiwan. They sold out their first Nippon
Budokan solo show, the day tickets went on sale. The band continues to headline
festivals all across the country.
Ling tosite sigure
Trio rock band, Ling tosite sigure are making a great breakthrough in Japan at the
moment. They don’t make many media appearances but word of mouth about the
bands live performance is a key factor in boosting their popularity. Not only their
remarkable performance, but the bands signature sound is also uniquely appealing –
sharp and tough guitar sounds, male-female intertwined high-pitched vocals, strong
and steady distorted bass sounds, hard drum play, and progressive beats weave
together to make exquisite music. The band released their “Best of Tornado” album
and the latest single “Who What Who What” on the same day in January 2015.
“Who What Who What” was used for “PSYCHO-PASS: The Movie” as the title tune.