J-Rock Fridays Vol. 90

February 8, 2013

February, the month of love and snow storms!

Hotel Mexico- “Boy”

Hotel Mexico is back! It sounds like the singer decided to switch up his vocal style from high pitched to typical indie mumble for their first ever music video. See if you can make sense of the dolphins, fireworks and lesbians.

White Ash- “Would You Be My Valentine?”

It’s hard to call White Ash’s  “Would You Be My Valentine?” romantic when I can’t understand a word he’s swooning, but a timely Valentine’s single nonetheless! A cute video about a girl who somehow finds time to make her boy chocolate while walking backwards and waving at babies. Hopefully White Ash reciprocates on White Day!

0.8 Byo to Shogeki.- “10050 Cielo Drive”

Slow motion bounce balls! If you needed more proof that 0.8秒と衝撃。are insane, they named their new single after the address of one of the Charles Manson “family” murders (but also where Trent Reznor recorded platinum Nine Inch Nails album The Downward Spiral!)

Husking Bee- “Feedback Loop”

I must’ve been out of the loop for not hearing about Husking Bee getting back together. They’re set to release their first new album in nearly a decade this month and it’s sounding up to snuff so far.

you you you all the same- “Luminous High”

Local Sound Style may be on hiatus, but half the band formed this post rock unit. Blinking lights and skyscrapers illuminate this high performance.

illion- “Mahoroba”

It’s just Yojiro Noda alone with his twitches in “Mahoroba.” The Radwimps’ frontman will release his debut solo album in the UK of all places later this month and in Japan, France and Germany in March (Americans don’t deserve ubu!).

Leyline- “Fuck You Day”

If you couldn’t tell from this “First Date” tribute video, Leyline are pretty huge blink 182 fans. That’s okay, now that they’ve gone soft we need new pop punkers to take their place.

Jackpot Bell- “Waiting For”

The waiting game is over! It’s not proper for a lady to yell, so Jackpot Bell’s dame has her guitarist do the screaming for her.

Artema- “Dancing Field”

The music apes are back and now on a major label. Just like Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas, “Dancing Field” combines dance music with screamo and the party goes wild!

come to my party- “108 People”

How many musicians can come to my party hide in the grass? I’m guessing somewhere close to 108 in this video but since that number is a metaphor for infinity a lot more in real life!

SiMoN- “Scarlet”

SiMoN recently played a show in Bangkok and used the footage he filmed of the city in his new video for “Scarlet.” It’s a peaceful song and the beautiful scenery only makes it stand out more.


Band Links

0.8 Byo to Shogeki: web, CD Japan

Artema: web, CD Japan

come to my party: myspace, bandcamp

Hotel Mexico: web, CD Japan

Husking Bee: web, CD Japan

illion: web, CD Japan

Jackpot Bell: web, CD Japan

Leyline: web

SiMoN: web

White Ash: web, CD Japan

you you you all the same: web, bandcamp

See new videos daily at J-Rock Explosion’s Tumblr!

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