Next Music from Tokyo vol 13

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Tix $19.99 advance, $30 at the door

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Concerts

Bands: MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS / Elephant Gym / paranoid void / otori / UlulU

Venue: Biltmore Cabaret
Date: Oct 10, 2018 (Wed)

doors open: 7:00pm
show starts: 8:00pm

tickets: $20 (advance) $30 (door)
Advance tickets available will be available through ticketfly and at local record stores Red Cat & Zulu.

Next Music from Tokyo (NMFT) is an annual tour that introduces Canadians to the most creative and skilled bands from Japan's indie and underground music scenes. The tour began in 2010 and brings a different group of Japanese bands to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver each year. Female musicians in rock bands are more prominent in Japan than any other country in the world and this is reflected in the line-up for NMFT vol. 13.

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 that combines 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 allowed them to become an important inspiration for bands such as tricot and paranoid void.
After a series of line-up changes including a five-year hiatus, founding bassist/vocalist and leader Natsuko Miyamoto remains the only female and original member. However, MOTFD sound better than ever and hot off the heels of their first album in eight years, these local legends are dying to perform a slew of new songs for their Canadian fans.

paranoid void is a female math rock band from Osaka. Inspired by MOTFD, paranoid void began by playing music that was loud, fast and heavy. However, the last three years have seen paranoid void delving into math rock with more challenging compositions involving odd time signatures and dextrous instrumentation. paranoid void represent the perfect storm of beauty, power, soul and technical skill.

Elephant Gym is another math rock band but with a more chill and relaxing tone. Their music is intricate and challenging but has more melody and pop sensibility than usual for math rock. Female bassist, Tif, and her skilled bass playing is the focal point of the band's music and the origin behind the band's name (Elephant = bass, Gym = gymnastics and skill). Hailing from Taiwan, Elephant Gym is also the first non-Japanese band to participate in NMFT.

otori is a four-piece band with a truly unique style that incorporates no-wave, hardcore-punk, krautrock, and noise. In 2015, otori rocked Toronto with a legendary performance at the now defunct Soybomb and are back to perform new songs from their upcoming album.

UlulU is an all-female trio with a garage rock revival sound similar to The Strokes and Artic Monkeys. Their music is soulful, bluesy, and unpretentious with occasional bursts of power.

With a long track record of sold out shows, NMFT is proof that music played with energy and passion transcends language barriers and can be appreciated by audiences anywhere. The Vancouver show will be held Oct 10 at the Biltmore Cabaret and detailed information can be found on the tour website: nextmusicfromtokyo.com.

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