Next Music from Tokyo vol. 10
Hyacca / Yukueshirezutsurezure / The Taupe / Bakyun the everyday / Yubisaki Nohaku
May 19 Toronto @ The Rivoli
May 20 Toronto @ Lee’s Palace
May 22 Montreal @ Divan Orange
May 24 Vancouver @ Biltmore Cabaret
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. NMFT vol 10 will happen May 2017 in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
An all-star line-up with bigger name bands was initially planned for the special tenth edition; however, the organizer had a change of heart and decided to search for diamonds in the rough. NMFT has maintained an ideology of rewarding the creative but lesser known bands that are making great music and deserve an audience outside of Japan.
Hyacca is a band that is making a return to Canada after participating in NMFT3 six years ago. In 2011, BlogTO named NMFT3 one of Toronto’s concerts of the year. Hyacca won over crowds in each city then and will generate many new fans with their eclectic and aggressive yet highly danceable brand of post-punk.
Yukueshirezutsurezure – Last year heralded the first appearance of an idol group on the NMFT tour, the group Maison book girl was an unqualified success with their complex dance choreography and cool, sophisticated demeanor completely atypical of traditional J-pop idol groups. NMFT10 features another idol group known as Yukueshirezutsurezure (YSTZ) which translates to Not Secured, Loose Ends. YSTZ perform to music that combines screamo hardcore with EDM. To casual music fans YSTZ will seem similar to BABYMETAL but YSTZ’s persona and sound is much more earnest and sophisticated. Their live performances are also more soulful and incredibly intense. Consider YSTZ to be BABYMETAL’s older and much cooler idol cousins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhBcPtSkzi4
The Taupe is a post-punk quartet band that excels in exploiting the contrast between serenity and ear-shattering noise. Beautiful melodies and soft tones lull you into a comfort zone before a skyscraper of distortion rocks your body and soul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kasxJ4km9E
Bakyun the everyday play melodic pop-punk with unbridled energy and raw power. Their performances are highlighted by dual male/female vocals, frenetic powerful drumming and an on-stage personality exuding charisma and charm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFLLzc76v5k
Japan has more female rock bands than any other country and Yubisaki Nohaku is one of their very best. Influenced by the music of Shiina Ringo and ZAZEN BOYS, Yubisaki Nohaku take pride in writing songs with pop sensibility and great melodies but also filled with weirdness, aggression and noise. They flaunt a technical side similar to Tricot that is rarely seen in female bands and put on a exhilarating show brimming with passion and skill. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuB_oNeRdKE
Next Music from Tokyo prides itself in showcasing a fresh and eclectic line-up of Japanese bands that put on a great show without resorting to gimmicks. Although this year’s line-up is predominantly rock-based, none of the bands sound remotely alike and are bound to fascinate audiences that keep an open mind. NMFT is the only tour in Canada featuring multiple Japanese bands and will continue its tradition of creating one of the most interesting and intense live music experiences of the year.