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 scene. The tour began in 2010 and brings a different group of Japanese bands to Canada each year. Tour organizer Steven Tanaka is a Toronto-based anesthesiologist who travels to Japan five to seven times a year, scouting the best possible line-up for each upcoming volume. With shows selling out yearly, NMFT is proof that music played with energy and passion transcends language barriers, and can be appreciated by audiences anywhere.
NMFT vol 8 is highlighted by the return of MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS (MOTFD), one of the greatest female bands of all time. No other female band in the history of rock ‘n roll played with the same combination of fury, power and skill and their shocking break-up in 2012 broke the hearts of fans around the world. But the time for mourning has passed and MOTFD has been resurrected to return to Canada with a new line-up sounding better and more ferocious than ever.
Joining alumni MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS are four much younger bands: Nengu, Dalljub Step Club, Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu, and Regal Lily who represent the future of Tokyo’s creative indie/underground music scene.
Nengu is a 3-pc instrumental band who play lightning fast math-rock and post-metal that is incredibly melodic, intricate and catchy but chaotically loud and powerful at the same time.
Dalljub Step Club perform experimental club music with live drums, bass, keyboards and vocals warped through a myriad of sound effects. Their drummer (Goto) has developed such a creative and unique style that he’s become an emerging drum hero in Japan.
Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu means ‘3am & bored’ and the four female night owls that comprise this quirky pop band are still first year university students. A fun, whimsical attitude with a profound flair for creativity and experimentation is what makes Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu such an unpredictable and immensely enjoyable band to watch.
Regal Lily consists of three adorable female students who have yet to finish high school but are already on track to becoming one of the best Japanese female bands of all-time. Their music is incredibly soulful, melodic and unpretentious but when you least expect it they sideswipe you with a mammoth wall of shoegaze noise and distortion.
Next Music from Tokyo prides itself in showcasing a fresh and eclectic line-up of Japanese bands that put on a great show without resorting to gimmicks. Although this year’s line-up is predominantly rock-based, none of the bands sound remotely alike and are bound to fascinate audiences that keep an open mind. NMFT is the only tour in Canada featuring multiple Japanese bands and will continue its tradition of creating one of the most interesting and intense live music experiences of the year.
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