First Summer Uika – her music, her career and her personality

Who is First Summer Uika, you may ask? Maybe this could give you an answer: No? At first I was drawn to First Summer Uika’s quirkiness and weird behavior on stage. But I dug deeper and found other parts of her – she’s not only cool, unfiltered and funny – she’s also very professional, pragmaticContinue reading “First Summer Uika – her music, her career and her personality”

Yumi Nakashima (of GO!GO!7188 and chirinuruwowaka) is a consistent songwriter

“GO!GO!7188” was a Japanese band active between 1998 and 2012, with music varying between different styles of rock, punk and pop. Most of the music was written by Yumi Nakashima, now active in the indie rock band “chirinuruwowaka” (“チリヌルヲワカ”) and the more experimental project “YAYYAY”. To me it doesn’t matter what band she is in,Continue reading “Yumi Nakashima (of GO!GO!7188 and chirinuruwowaka) is a consistent songwriter”

After 4 years of searching, I finally found “ロッカチェリー白書” by Rock-A-Cherry

Back in 2016, I was surfing Youtube, and found a random live video by the garage punk rock band “ROCK-A-CHERRY”. They were really cool. Just listen to this great song! Hear the sloppy guitar solo! And the lovely voice crack at 0:35! (see the video under the paragraph) I immediately loved their music and coolContinue reading “After 4 years of searching, I finally found “ロッカチェリー白書” by Rock-A-Cherry”

Throwback: The Pink Panda

Why am I so obsessed with The Pink Panda? They’re cool, but not extraordinary in any way. A poppy and accessible punk rock band, that didn’t get very famous and only released a few independent records in the mid-2000s. But something about the total charm of the individual members is irresistible. And at times theyContinue reading “Throwback: The Pink Panda”

The name “14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San” says it all

As a person in constant search for weird eccentric artists, could I find more of a jackpot than a little girl who sings (screams) brutal hardcore, spits rotten food at audience members and is called “14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San”? No. 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San (十四代目トイレの花子さん) is a 444 years old living dead, who got herContinue reading “The name “14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San” says it all”

Throwback: “old” No Doubt

While No Doubt was called “ska punk”, they were always something more than that. Something different, something else. Being a ska punk band by only following the conventions with a trumpet, a backbeat and a punk sound isn’t very punk, and neither is playing in a fast pace without giving out any authentic energy. NoContinue reading “Throwback: “old” No Doubt”

Why I love “Punk Mushi No Onna” by Jun Togawa

“Punk Mushi No Onna” is a timeless song and no doubt Jun Togawa’s most hardcore moment. The growls sound futuristic, the 80s delay feel dated and the melody is timeless – even though it came 300 years before the song itself. “Probably the last thing Pachelbel thought his music was going to lead to”, saysContinue reading “Why I love “Punk Mushi No Onna” by Jun Togawa”