Category Archives: Electropop

Atsuo of Japanese Rock Band Atsuo Claims Japan is ‘Brainwashed’

Japanese rock band, Boris, has been making waves abroad but the three-piece rock band also has quite an immense fan base back in Japan. Still, this hasn’t stopped band drummer, Atsuo from stating that his homeland is “brainwashed.”

Despite the obvious fatigue from Boris’ US tour, Atsuo, the drummer shares his tale of music with an interview with Christopher James of Perth. Japan may have its’ share of Japanese performers be it rockers or pop artists but not all sections of Japan may be welcoming.

“It’s like they’ve all been brainwashed,” explains Atsuo, adding, “Don’t have ideologies,” or something like that. I think Japan is full of complications. It’s really twisted; beyond twisted. Like the music scene and the music business, the structure and atmosphere is completely different to any other country. I think it’s a distinctive country; very distinctive.”

Like Atsuo’s taste in music, the Boris’ drummer also highlights Japans’ distinctiveness with his decision to become a vegetarian.

“There are many vegans amongst musicians, and when we collaborate together, I just thought I’d make a gesture to get rid of any walls between us. It’s something I started for the music.  And now, you know, of course I like animals too. I can’t really go out to a restaurant in a group of just anyone in Japan. In both American and Australia, it’s very possible to have people of differing values or ideologies sitting around one table and eating together. But in Japan, the atmosphere is that unless you share the values, you can’t join the table,” explained Atsuo.

Even with the wide fan base in Japan, Boris flies to various countries abroad for their performances where almost no one speaks the native tongue.

GOATBED has new songs and albums on the way this summer

New wave band GOATBED, a side project of Shuuji Ishii and Takei Makoto ex. cali≠gari, who just released their first CD of 2013 in March, titled "Dreamon Dreamer", announced another new album to be released this Summer titled Ying & Yang.

GOATBED will also participate in "DMMd period – DRAMAtical Murder re:connect soundtrack" contributing four songs to project. It releases on June 12th, 2013.

Perfume new single releasing February 27th, “Mirai no Museum”

Perfume have revealed the jacket covers for their upcoming single, “Mirai no Museum”, which will be released on February 27th.

This song was written for the movie, ‘Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum’, that’s scheduled to open in theaters on March 9th. The regular edition jacket is a pop design featuring the girls dressed as detectives.

Meanwhile, the limited edition jacket is an illustration done by the animators of ‘Doraemon’. It shows the members wearing the same outfit and striking the same pose as the regular edition jacket cover.

Check them out here!

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