|The Asahi Anime Festival will be hosting free gigs by Japanese bands in association with It Came from Japan on Friday 30th April and Saturday 1st May!|
SPUTNIKO! (real name Hiromi Ozaki) has been showcasing her brand of laptop driven performance art around London, where she is currently based, 'exploring intersections between technology and popular culture'.
Her most immediate track is 'The Google Song', a story of love in the modern computer age. Too shy to approach the object of her desire, she simply goes home to her faithful laptop and googles him. 'I like you,' she proclaims. It's tremendously catchy!
A former student of computer science, Sputniko has even invented a working revolving sushi belt dress which she will be wearing at the festival! We can't wait!
Returning to Britain for her third time, Tokyo solo artist Natccu has been praised by both the NME and The Guardian.
Born in Tokyo, Natccu (pronounced "na-chew") makes dark-edged pop that defies easy explanation. It's multilayered, unpredictable and deep, yet instantly memorable. Natccu's voice soars over a bed of dirty guitars and tight rhythm, singing lyrics that are in turn cynical, angry, hopeful and beautiful. And while she’s influenced by British and American artists, she carries an Eastern sensibility that makes her music utterly unique.
With the mixed Japanese-Kiwi heritage of their three members, Sunset Drive cross the garage fumes of The Datsuns with the harder edge of Japan's underground scene, but always with melody and spirit. Based in Tokyo and singing in English, they've lapped Japan several times and taken their show to Europe, the UK and various parts of Asia.
The title track of their new EP, ‘We've Got To Talk’, will be released via iTunes UK on 30 April 2010.
Their music is edgy with metallic guitars featuring fearless sounds. Front man Kent began writing songs at the age of 15. Their music contains all kinds of hooks and killer tunes which change the atmosphere in an instant.