May 17, 2015

Latest Promotional Event in Osaka

Right now Hikashu has been touring in Kansai region, and yesterday they did a promotional stint for the new album at Tower Records Namba, Osaka.

Two years ago the band did the same at Tower Records Shibuya, Tokyo. But at that time, drummer Sato Masaharu was not there - unfortunately, it seemed that he had other obligation.

Of course, this time the band was full line-up. According to the tweets from the audience, Sato had to play an electric kit, a kind he played for the first time. But the veteran drummer played it with ease - even he took a solo in "Naruhodo," which was just terrific.

The performance's duration was about a half hour - all consisted of the selection from "Ikitekoi Chinmoku."

The band has been playing the selections from the new album for just several months, but, as usual with them, the new songs have already started to transform. Many numbers have extended with improvisations and arranged differently. So it's nice for regular attendees of their gigs to witness how the songs gradually "grow" in person.

Their show never be same. Even they have abandoned pre-configured set-list long time ago. And they do a lot of improvisation. Therefore each performance gives different, unique experience.

Tonight the band plays at Rag, a jazz club in Kyoto.

May 11, 2015

Naruhodo video

Makigami Koichi just released a video of "Naruhodo," a cut from their new album Ikitekoi Chinmoku [Silence Be Alive] on YouTube.

It contains footage of the band's recent tours in Altai Republic and Okinawa.

May 3, 2015

New Album Tour, May 2015

For supporting the new album, Hikashu will tour chubu and kansai regions this month. The dates are as follows:

May 13 - Freakyshow, Shizuoka
May 14 - Tokuzo, Nagoya
May 15 - Compass, Namba, Osaka
May 16 - Tower Records, Namba, Osaka
May 17 - Rag, Kyoto
May 18 - Chicken George, Kobe
May 19 - Old Time, Wakayama

There's a lot of new merchantise available as well. Collect'em all!

May 13, 2015
@ Freakyshow
open 19:00 - start 19:30
other acts: steteko, daichu
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen

Freakyshow, Shizuoka

May 14, 2015
@ Tokuzo
open 18:30 - start 19:30
adv 3,600 yen - at door 4,000 yen

Tokuzo, Nagoya

May 15, 2015
@ Conpass
Namba, Osaka
open 18:00 - start 19:00
adv 4,000 yen

Conpass, Namba, Osaka

May 16, 2015
"autograph signing session + live performance"
@Tower Records Namba
Namba, Osaka
start 15:00
admission free
buy the new album and get it autographed.

Tower Record Namba, Osaka

May 17, 2015
@ Rag
open 18:00 - start 19:00
adv 4,000 yen - at door 4,500 yen

Rag, Kyoto

May 18, 2015
@ Chicken George
open 19:00 - start 19:30
adv 4,000 yen - at door 4,500 yen

Chicken George, Kobe

May 19, 2015
@ Old Time
open 19:00 - start 19:30
other act: Teramachi Street Band
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen

Old Time, Wakayama