Apr 27, 2017

Hikashu and Godzilla Legend to go into recording studio after the performance at Japan Society NYC on April 28, 2017

Regarding the Godzilla Legend concert at Japan Society NYC on April 28, all the advance tickets are sold out. But day-of-performance ticket MAY be available. Ask Japan Society for details.

Godzilla Legend—Music of Akira Ifukube - Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM - Japan Society

The personnel for the Japan Society concert:

Inoue Makoto (synthesizer)

Makigami Koichi (vocals, theremin)
Mita Freeman (guitar)
Sakaide Masami (bass)
Shimizu Kazuto (keyboard)
Sato Masaharu (drums)

Charan Po Rantan:
Koharu (accordion, vocals)
Momo (vocals)

Tasumi Kogoro (trumpet)
Yoshida Ryuichi (baritone saxophone)
Goto Atsushi (trombone)

Shortly after the performance, Godzilla Legend and Hikashu go into studio respectively, and record new material. According to Makigami, these albums are, if everything falls into place, to be released at the end of this year. Can't wait.

Apr 4, 2017

"Quit Your Band" - very interesting book about contemporary music scene in Japan is just out

Ian F. Martin is a music writer from UK who has been in Japan and his first book is just out. It's called "Quit Your Band" and its subtitle is "Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground." Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Unfortunately, we don't see the book yet, but it looks really promising.

See the following interview. A must if you are interested in contemporary Japanese music scene.

Quit Your Band! Musical Notes From The Japanese Underground - thequietus.com

There is no reference to Hikashu in this interview and we don't know he ever mentioned the band in his book, but in fact he once selected "Ikitekoi Chinmoku" as the best album of 2015.

And this another interview he did mention our beloved band.

Dive into the Underground Japanese Musical Scene with Ian Martin

In this interview, he actually said "Hikashu are easily my favorite Japanese band of all time." No kidding.

There's a trailer for the book.

And he talked about it at his blog, Total Exposure.