Forever evolving, the members of experimental metal unit DIR EN GREY have a long history of stepping into new territories. Frontman Kyo has 'sukekiyo', guitarist Die has 'DECAYS', and now bassist Toshiya has his own fashion brand 'DIRT 100% Natural Dirty'.
Based upon new high end genderless street wear and mode styles, Toshiya officially launched his new brand and online store earlier today. Like popular UK brand LONG and Japan's monomania, DIRT sports simple, slick, and monochrome lifestyle designs.
DIRT is currently only available in Japan, but as the brand develops we may see them reach towards international markets. Failing that, there's always shopping services.
FOR FANS OF: POLYSICS, Devo, Shinohara Tomoe
Synthpunk may be growing old here in the UK since it's peak in the 1980s and 90s, but in Japan bands like POLYSICS and the telephones are still managing to keep it alive to this day, and with them comes a new breed of young talents attempting to rejuvenate the genre.
This is RECORIDE (レコライド), a Tokyo-based three piece that is melding the best of classic Western and Japanese electro pop/rock and bringing it up to date with a trendy makeover and new J-pop sounds. Basically if Cyndi Lauper, Devo, and Yellow Magic Orchestra had some sort of weird hybrid baby, you'd get RECORIDE. Formed in 2009 they have been making a name for themselves with frontwoman Tatta's loud Shinohara Tomoe-esque vocal stylings, Sasaki-Kissa's new wave tunes, and Hashimotte's technical shreds, as well as their break-neck punk live shows, which in 2010 took them overseas to play alongside Taiwan's electro pop rebels GO CHIC.
On July 17th the band released their 3rd LP 'FRESHLESS', their first full release in three years, which boasts some of the hottest tracks of 2015 so far, as well as a remix of 'mp3 of Stardust' from their 2012 album 'mp3 of Death Throes' by new wave group PLASTICZOOMS frontman SHO ASAKAWA.
FRESHLESS is now available from CDJapan.co.jp, and as a bonus, RECORIDE has recently started dropping their singles onto iTunes, so join the party.
- RECORIDE | Official Site
- 'FRESHLESS' RECORIDE | CDJapan
- RECORIDE | iTunes
- RECORIDE | Twitter
- RECORIDE | YouTube
Earlier this year it was announced that Die of DIR EN GREY fame would be stepping into new territory and taking the reigns on new side project, DECAYS. Accompanied by THE NOVEMBERS frontman Kobayashi Yusuke, and MOON CHILD drummer Kei, plus two all new members, the band dropped their first release on July 23rd.
Expecting a single? Maybe an EP? Well it's neither, but rather their debut music video 'Secret mode'. Released by FIREWALL DIV., it's a far cry from the work of their primary units, DECAYS take on a groovy electro rock style akin to that of Boom Boom Satellites.
Later this month DECAYS will commence their first 3-date, and completely sold out, nationwide tour 'THE GROWTH TO DECAY' in Tokyo alongside sukekiyo and FAKE?.
Secret mode is now available worldwide on iTunes for £1.89, or you can catch it on YouTube while it's still up.
Globally acclaimed indie rock stars and No Nukes activists ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION will return to London this November as part of their 'Wonder Future UK/Europe Tour 2015'.
Coinciding with the release of their new album 'Wonder Future' back in May, their first album in over two years, the band is currently on their 30-date nationwide Japan tour until the end of October. This will be the band's 2nd time playing in the heart of London since 2013 when they sold out their first ever UK performance at the O2 Academy Islington.
WONDER FUTURE UK/EU TOUR 2015
Sat 7th Nov – Cologne, Germany, Werkstatt
Sun 8th Nov – London, UK, O2 Academy Islington
Tue 10th Nov – Paris, France, La Machine