Next Music From Tokyo (NMFT) returns to Canada this May for the tenth time. The tour began in 2010 and introduces some of Japan’s most creative and skilled underground and indie bands to Canadians.
Organized by Toronto-based anesthesiologist Steven Tanaka, NMFT brings a different group of bands to Canada each year. Tanaka travels to Japan between five and seven times a year to scout the best possible line-up for each upcoming volume. The high-energy music played with passion brought to each volume transcends language barriers and can be appreciated by audiences anywhere, proven by the tour selling out each year.
Highlighted at NMFT volume 10 is the return of Hyacca, fan favourites from Volume 3 in 2011. The four-piece band from Fukuoka features male-female screamed vocals over lightning speed punk, shoe gaze distortion, krautrock rhythms, and angular prog-jazz riffs. Noisy and aggressive, yet melodic and danceable, Hyacca’s style sounds like a blend of Bad Brains, My Bloody Valentine, Neu!, and Tera Melos.
Joining Hyacca are:
Yukueshirezutsurezure, an all-female four piece from Nagoya who combine idol music with screamo and hard core.
The Taupe, a post-punk quartet who possess a mastery of song dynamics. They capture audience’s attention with calm and beautiful soundscapes before launching into a monstrous maelstrom of overdrive and distortion.
Bakyun the everyday, a speedy melodic pop-punk band with dual male/female vocals.
Yubisaki Nohaku, an all female quartet with a heavily quirky, prog and technical side.
The tour dates and locations are:
May 19 Toronto @ The Rivoli
May 20 Toronto @ Lee’s Palace
May 22 Montreal @ Divan Orange
May 24 Vancouver @ Biltmore Cabaret
For more information, check out the NMFT site.