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.