Next Music from Tokyo Vol 13 – Elephant Gym

Elephant Gym is a bass-driven, math rock band from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The band formed in 2012 and is composed of Tif on bass, Tell on guitar, and Chia-Chin on drums. Elephant Gym delivers clear and memorable bass lines, emotional guitar riffs, and melodic drumming in their mostly instrumental song production. Since 2013, Elephant Gym has started to invite singers to compose with them.

Tell and Tif are siblings. In their childhood, their mother taught them classical music into their adolescence. Later, they developed an interest in rock music, especially post rock and math rock. Tell met Tu in a high school music club and formed Elephant Gym along with Tif after discovering they all shared the same taste in music.

Elephant Gym may seem an unusual name for a band but it describes their music perfectly.  Elephant is a metaphor for their low-end bass-centric sound while gym is short for the intricate musical gymnastics characteristic of math rock.

Fans of Japanese math rock bands such as toe and JYOCHO that excel at emotional music with clean instrumentation should fall in love with Elephant Gym in a heartbeat.

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Next Music from Tokyo Vol 13 – Paranoid Void

paranoid void is an all-female 3-pc math rock band from Osaka.  They started off playing hard-driving, emotive post-punk similar to MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS.  In fact, guitarist Meguri was temporarily the support guitarist for MOTFD after Chiemi left.  Although paranoid void has always been a technical band, in 2015, they started dabbling in math rock and odd time signatures most likely influenced by fellow Kansai band tricot.

Most recently with the release of their latest album ‘Literary Math’ paranoid void have delved further into math rock territory and moved away from a tricot/MOTFD hybrid and developed a style of their own.

paranoid void are an awesome combination of technical chops and raw power­—beauty and the nerd and the beast, all in one.

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Next Music from Tokyo Vol 13 – Mass of the Fermenting Dregs

MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS (MOTFD) will become the first band to make a third appearance on the NMFT tour.  Formed in 2002 by three girls from Kobe, MOTFD perform a blend of post-punk combining beautifully melancholic vocals with ferociously powerful instrumentation. The anomaly of such a huge, powerful sound coming from an all-female band drew them a large underground following and became an important inspiration for bands such as tricot and paranoid void.

Unfortunately, after MOTFD signed with major label EMI and leaned gradually toward a more radio-friendly sound, the original drummer would quit in 2007 (replaced by Isao Yoshino) and subsequently the guitarist in 2010(replaced by Naoya Ogura of Qomolangma Tomato). MOTFD ceased all activity shortly after in 2012.

In 2015, to the delight of a legion of fans bassist and leader Natsuko Miyamoto brought life back to MOTFD and they started performing and writing new songs with Isao and Naoya returning on drums and guitar, respectively.  The hiatus did not soften MOTFD at all as they came back heavier and more badass than ever.

MOTFD returned to Canada in 2016 as part of NMFT vol 8.  They slayed audiences in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver and developed a true fondness for the country and their Canadian fans.  In October, MOTFD return for the third time with their first new album in eight years.  They are dying to play their new songs for Canada and show everyone how great they sound live in beast-mode.

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Next Music from Tokyo Vol 13 – UlulU

UlulU is an all-female 3-pc band with a retro or garage-rock revival sound akin to The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys.  They’re a fun band who keep the music simple but with enough jazz in the drum fills and blues in the guitars to keep things interesting.  The highlight of UlulU’s music is definitely guitarist Kayo’s beautiful, soulful and charismatic vocals.

UlulU will charm the audience with their timeless melodies, unpretentious style and occasional bursts of rock’n’roll power.

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Asking Alexandria – Rebel Toronto – February 5, 2018 – Part 3

Musical style

The band’s music has mostly been described as metalcore,[88][89] but has also been labelled post-hardcore, screamo[90][91] hard rock,[92] and heavy metal.[89][93] Additionally, it was also sometimes described as electronicore on their early work.[94][95] Their first two Sumerian albums, 2009’s Stand Up and Scream and 2011’s Reckless & Relentless, are both generally considered to be metalcore albums, while their fourth album, 2013’s From Death to Destiny, is influenced by heavy metal and rock bands[who?] while maintaining Asking Alexandria’s signature metalcore sound on certain tracks. Guitarist Ben Bruce has stated that they do not like writing music that sounds the same from album to album, which is why their musical style has changed over time.[67][96][97][98]

Lyrical style

Ben Bruce has expressed the feeling that the band’s lyrical style before Reckless and Relentless was immature. According to Bruce, the band wanted to move on from yelling out lyrics like “fuck” and “you stupid fucking whore” to a more mature style with more meaning.[99] He stated that From Death to Destiny is lyrically their most mature album, no longer focusing on subjects such as drugs and women, and much more meaningful than their older lyrics.[100] Danny Worsnop has claimed that the band’s lyrics are never written before entering the studio and are always improvised during the recording of an album.[101]

Influences

All of the band’s members have expressed their passion for 1980s rock music, and demonstrated it with releases such as the Life Gone Wild EP featuring covers of two Skid Row songs or the Under the Influence: A Tribute to the Legends of Hard Rock EP featuring covers of songs by bands such as Journey, Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake and Def Leppard. Their third studio album From Death to Destiny is heavily influenced by such bands.[102][103][104] Some of their favorite artists include Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Sebastian Bach, Skid Row and Van Halen, but they also take influence from modern bands such as Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold.[105][106][107][108][109]

 

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Asking Alexandria – Rebel Toronto – February 5, 2018 – Part 2

Ben Bruce, the band’s current lead guitarist and backing vocalist, originally formed the band in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2006. The band’s original line-up consisted of completely different members compared to that of the band’s line-up from 2008 and released their debut EP, Tomorrow. Hope. Goodbye. in 2006, then followed up with their debut album titled The Irony of Your Perfection in 2007.[1] After realizing he wouldn’t be able to achieve international success in Dubai, he moved back to England, Nottingham in 2008 and reassembled the band with new members from the local area, including lead singer Danny Worsnop, of which he had moved into his flat apartment in York.[2]

Later that year the band became a six-piece after recruiting Ryan Binns on synthesizers, James Cassells on drums, Joe Lancaster on bass and Cameron Liddell on rhythm guitar.[3] Later that year Binns decided to leave the band and in January 2009 and Lancaster also decided to leave and was replaced with Sam Bettley.[3] Lancaster later joined the metalcore band With One Last Breath.[4]

Bruce carried the name over due to not wanting to bother to come up with a brand new name, so he stuck with the old one however insists that despite having the same name it is not the same band.[1] When asked why he chose that particular name, he explained that “‘Most bands have a pretty shit band name, so I just came up with something. I came up with Alexandria as a human name, because people relate to humans.” although the reason for using the word ‘asking’ is not explained.[2]

Stand Up and Scream was recorded during Spring 2009 and was produced by Joey Sturgis.[3][5] The band signed to Sumerian Records and released their debut album on the label on 15 September.[5] The album charted only in the US peaking at 4 in the Top Heatseekers, 24 in the Top Hard Rock Albums and 29 in the Top Independent Albums.[6] The band toured across America as a support act for the remainder of the year, supporting Evergreen Terrace along with For the Fallen Dreams and Unholy in October,[7] and Alesana along with From First to Last, The Word Alive and Memphis May Fire in November and December.[8]

 

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Asking Alexandria – Rebel Toronto – February 5, 2018 – Part 1

 

Asking Alexandria are an English rock band from York, North Yorkshire, consisting of lead vocalist Danny Worsnop, guitarists Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddell, drummer James Cassells and bassist Sam Bettley.

Initially formed in 2006 by Ben Bruce, the band officially established as a six-piece in 2008 with the founding line-up consisting of Bruce, Worsnop, Cassells, Liddell, Joe Lancaster and Ryan Binns. After the departure of Lancaster and Binns, as well as the recruitment of bassist Sam Bettley in 2009, the band released their debut album Stand Up and Scream (2009). The band released two studio albums Reckless & Relentless (2011) and From Death to Destiny (2013), before the departure of Worsnop in January 2015. He was replaced by Denis Stoff and the band released The Black (2016). Stoff departed from the band in October that year, and Worsnop subsequently returned to the band. The band released their self titled fifth album in late 2017, which was a marked stylistic departure from their previous works.

 

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