Next Music From Tokyo vol. 10

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.