10 releases to start the year!
Happy new year folks! Wish you all the best for 2016, especially tons of great new records, shows, new bands…whatever! So far this year has been pretty tough for me but, honestly, it has also been one of the most important years of my 28 years of existence on this planet. I’d like to thank all my friends and family for their support, all the DROIDxRAGE crew for being cooler than cool, and all the people I’ve met working on this website: Swedes – don’t forget /!\ FREE LINUS /!\, Gabriel, Leo, Joel, Emelie, Filil, Tor, Klas; UK – Paolo, Connor, Tom, MERCY, Ben, Jérémie, Sam, Rodney, Luke; Americans, Balaram Shakti Das (AKA Gjared), Lucas, Jean-Pierre, Connor; Canada: Karl; Brazil: Athos; Belgium: Jens; Bulgaria: Nikolay; Australia: the Fitzsimmons twin brothers; Germany: Adrian; France: Alexis and Alexis(!) Elyas, Antoine… (sorry for those I forgot!)
Here is my 2015 top releases (photo credits (c)myself)
Ive been wanting to do something new with my dude Hiro for a while now.
Hes a really solid dude and is two killer Japanese Hardcore bands not only that but he’s co owner of Nerds Records Tokyo.
I had the pleasure of hanging out with him and actually seeing Deacon while I was In Tokyo last summer.
Give him a follow on Twitter & IG – @god168
DR – Hiro my brother!
how are you dude? How’s the Weather in Tokyo right now, still cold?
HK -Hi, ED. Yup Here is Still cold but Cherry Blossom was awesome. Means spring comes!
“Beastside” New EP Coming Late summer!
Otus is another one of those gnarly Tokyo HC bands I find myself being drawn to.
So Takashi was good enough to send me over a ton of pics and some history.
words by: Takashi @XTakashiX
Otus formed in the summer of 2012 with Takashi from Inside(Tokyo Straight Edge) as the leader, along with members from For A Reason, Fake Count and Will You Remember.
Their music shows influences from bands like Cursed, Disembodied, Tragedy and 90’s hardcore in general, in a updated modern and heavy way, and has been praised by many listeners.
Soon after their formation, Otus put out a demo cassette tape “Demo 2013” limited to 100 copies, which sold out instantly.
They have also been playing shows mainly in Tokyo enthusiastically, and have shared stages with many overseas bands such as Terror, Blacklisted, Nails, Twitching Tongues, Xibalba, Soul Search, Suburban Scum, World Of Pain and Culture.
They are very close with the Tokyo hardcore scene as well, and often plays shows with Loyal To The Grave, Numb, Blindside, Deacon and such. Also, part of designs for their demo tape and merchandise has been done by YOYO-T(Soul Vice, Bowlhead Inc).
In February of 2014, Otus released a 3 way split tape “Caucasus” with Tragic Film and Young Lizard, both also from Tokyo, and will go on a Japan tour for the release.
Release of an EP and following tours are planned ahead.
I love finding new awesome Hardcore bands from abroad and I knew YOYO Tome from Tokyo, Japan, had this band Soul Vice and they had just been signed to Back To Back Records. So I checked them out and actually posted about them around a month ago. I knew I wanted to interview them so I got in contact with YOYO with some questions and I have also been in contact with Tats, the drummer.
Good dudes, good music!
DR: First off introduce yourself,and tell us a bit about how Soul Vice got started?
YT: Hi, Im YOYO-T.
We have 6 members, C.S, Doc-P and me are on vocal, Boo(Gu.), Rebel93(Bass), Tats(Drum)
Member of DOGGY HOOD$, AS WE LET GO and DOMINATE. Therefore SOUL VICE is kind of project band.
When we started SOUL VICE Boo, C.S and I used to talk like g why dont we start new band for pleasure he and invited other homies then officially started.
DR: So your Name ‘Soul Vice’…You must be big TUI fans?
YT: Of course we do love TUI!!
Ifm doing Hardcore label which is called BOWLHEAD, released their Japanese edition and conducted Japanese tour. I and them are very good friends since then. So I asked him to put his shout on our first demo. I liked the sound of the words g SOUL VICE so I put the name on the band.
DR: How is the Hardcore scene in Japan I’m only just starting to get interested in it I don’t think ppl in Europe generally know much about it?
YT: I don’t think so because my homies SAND, DOGGY HOOD$, EDGE OF SPIRIT released from European label. Also they had European tour and got good feedback then. In addition to that NUMB, CREEPOUT, LOYAL TO THE GRAVE often go to American tour and guess they are known in Europe.
On the other hand, 80fs Japanese hardcore akaJapcore has an enormous popularity. Most of the bands who visited Japan get some JAPCORE records.
DR: You’re on Back To Back now right? How did that come about with them being an American label?
YT: I been good friends of COLD WORLD and TITLE FIGHT because I supported to draw their design for their merchandises. When TITLE FIGHT came to Japan Neil of BTB came together with them and I just hanged out with him. I asked him to release and he answered The answer made me very happy. We may release something in a few months or within this year.
DR: Do you have plans to play out of Japan in future?
YT: Not at all so far. We definitely go if we would have a chance.
DR: What’s your favourite subject to write lyrics about?
YT: Not singing about deep meaning. Like chilling song as usual.
DR: You have some pretty cool artwork. I know Chun did you a piece- what other Artists have you worked with?
YT: I designed by myself except for first one which is drawn by CHUNONE. Because I like to design merchandises since before.
And we made long bill hat as double name with my friend who is doing brand called Winiche & Co.h, it was awesome and very satisfied with it.
DR: What old school Hardcore/punk bands are you really into?
YT: Mainly classic NYHC such as CRO MAGS, LEEWAY, OUTBURST, BREAKDOWN, BURN.
Should never lose STRAIGHT AHEAD as well!!
DR: What do you do when your hanging out not playing music?
YT: Get along together, drinking and having a night out. Party hard every night but very tired hahahaha
DR: I’m really into Japanese Collectables- one of my favourites being Kinnikuman. Do you guys collect anything like that?
YT: Kinnikuman!! Very good old days!! I used to collect gum figures of Kinnikuman.
Collect nothing special recently. I spent a lot of money for drinking before collecting something hahahaha
DR: What kind of crowds do you like to play to?
YT: It would be great if we can play many different people as much as possible
DR: Is there much Straight Edge Hardcore in Japan?
YT: I Dont so much care who the SxE is because Im not SxE. But there are some SxE guys around me and get along with them
DR: I’m planning on coming to Tokyo in the Summer… what should I defiantly go and do? And where is cool for shows?
YT; You can enjoy Tokyo because a lot of cities and places although very small.
Antiknock Shinjuku is best venue for hardcore show.
DR: Thanks for the interview. Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?
YT: Big shout out to DroidxRage for giving us this opportunity!! I really want everyone to check Japanese bands because a lot of cool bands in Japan other than us.