Next Music from Tokyo Vol 11

Next Music from Tokyo Vol 11

Sat, October 7, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm

Lee's Palace.

Toronto, ON

This event is 19 and over

Next Music from Tokyo Vol 11
Next Music from Tokyo Vol 11
Next Music from Tokyo: Vol 11

Feat: JYOCHO / Nuito / Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu / o’summer vacation
Koutei Camera Girl Drei / ame to kanmuri

Next Music from Tokyo (NMFT) is an annual tour that introduces Canadians to the most creative and skilled bands from Japan’s indie and underground music scene. The tour began in 2010 and brings a different group of Japanese bands to Canada each year. Tour organizer Steven Tanaka is a Toronto-based anesthesiologist who travels to Japan five to seven times a year, scouting the best possible line-up for each edition. With shows selling out yearly, NMFT is proof that music played with energy and passion transcends language barriers, and can be appreciated by audiences anywhere.

Volume 11 is all about variety and a series of firsts. The tour will feature two of the very best math rock bands from Japan in JYOCHO and Nuito. There will be hardcore/noise from o’summer vacation and quirky, emo-tinged pop by Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu. Koutei Camera Girl Drei is an idol act spitting rhymes over experimental/glitch/EDM and opening act ame to kanmuri will get the audience in the mood spinning and MC’ing over hypnotic lo-fi house. Also newsworthy is the fact JYOCHO and Koutei Camera Girl Drei have never performed live yet and will be making their debut performances in Canada before doing any shows in Japan.

Although the tour has no true headliner, the whole reason NMFT11 is happening 6 months early is so JYOCHO can make their live performance debut in Canada before touring to promote their new mini-album in Japan. JYOCHO is actually the solo project of guitar virtuoso and songwriting genius Daijiro Nakagawa. Daijiro was the mastermind behind math-pop sensation Uchu Conbini, a very young band destined for greatness that shocked fans worldwide by disbanding just as they were breaking out exponentially in popularity. Uchu Conbini participated in NMFT6 and made such a masterful impression they were invited to return to Canada immediately the following year; however, they were already set on breaking up. But over the course of four years Daijiro and Steven Tanaka would be in constant discussion planning the Canadian debut of Daijiro’s next project: JYOCHO

JYOCHO is the spiritual successor to Uchu Conbini’s sublimely crafted math-pop. The songwriting and tone has matured with a lean towards folk especially with the addition of flute. The guitar and drums are almost unrivalled in skill with a level of badassery that contrasts beautifully against Nekota’s soulful and soothing female vocals. Daijiro is one of the best guitarists in the world and has recruited elite musicians to bring his intricately beautiful compositions to life. To have JYOCHO perform their first ever show as part of the NMFT tour is truly an honor.

Whereas JYOCHO is just starting on the path towards legend status, Nuito are already legends for releasing one of the greatest math rock albums of all-time. In 2009, Nuito recorded their first and only full-length album Unutella. Then they broke up. Unutella is a masterpiece that pushed math rock to the extremes and arguably to the pinnacle of songwriting complexity and instrumental skill. Although toe and LITE are considered the two greatest Japanese bands in the math rock genre, many wonder what if Nuito hadn’t disbanded? In 2016, after a seven-year hiatus, Nuito resumed activity and will rightfully claim their throne.

Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu (3am & bored) were originally an all-female band but now have a male guitarist. They play a brand of pop that is incredibly quirky, creative and unpredictable. No two songs sound alike as they love to experiment with all types of music including emo, folk, shoegazer, punk-hardcore, traditional-Japanese, funk and noise. Adorable yet badass, these three girls (and guy) held Canadian audiences in the palms of their hands during NMFT8. Since then they have graduated university, matured their songwriting, honed their skills, changed their look and plan to return to Canada, new and improved and with two great new CDs.
In fact Canadians will get first dibs on the newest CD before its official release in Japan.

o’summer vacation is a 3-pc noise-hardcore band with bass, drums (no guitar) and female singing/screaming. Too skilled to be no-wave yet too irreverent and messy to be math-rock but enough qualities of both to appeal to those who like their music equivocating between chaotic and precise

Koutei Camera Girl Drei is an idol group that spits rhymes over sublime instrumentals ranging from EDM to emo/shoegaze to experimental/glitch. The music is incredibly well crafted in the vein of Nujabes, Giraffage, Flying Lotus and primary inspiration: Autechre. On stage, the girls are emo AF and put on a fiercely intense, heartfelt performance. The original line-up disbanded in January but from their ashes rose a new quartet with younger, more talented, all-new members. KCG Drei will hold their very first show in Canada before performing in Japan.

Ame to Kanmuri is the new stage name for molm’o’mol, one of the original members of Koutei Camera Girl. From jump she was never truly interested in idol music so she relishes the opportunity to DJ/MC as a solo artist. She will be the opening act on the tour kicking rhymes over hypnotically chill Lo-fi House grooves.

Next Music from Tokyo prides itself in showcasing a fresh and eclectic line-up of Japanese artists and bands that put on a great show without resorting to gimmicks. The concerts are curated for an audience that is open-minded and loves high quality music of all types. NMFT is the only tour in Canada featuring multiple Japanese artists/bands and will continue its tradition of creating one of the most interesting and intense live music experiences of the year.

Detailed information can be found at the tour’s official website:
Venue Information:
Lee's Palace.
529 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y5