Getting to Know Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Where are you from and when did you get started?
We are mostly from Tokyo, Japan. We started this band late 80s.
Cleanhead Gimura called up few of us and started Tokyo Ska.
His idea was to start a ska band yet combining ska music with what was happening in the Tokyo music scene then.
We were very underground when we first started.
 
Who are you and who does what in the band?
I’m Atsushi Yanaka and I play baritone sax.  I’m one of the original members.
 
NARGO: Trumpet
Masahiko Kitahara: Trombone
GAMO:Tenor Sax
Atsushi Yanaka: Baritone Sax
Takashi Kato: Guitar
Tsuyoshi Kawakami : Bass
Yuichi Oki: Keyboards
Hajime Omori: Percussion
Kin-ichi Motegi: Drums
 
 
How would you best describe the sound?
We name the genre of our music, “Tokyo Ska”
Based on Ska beat, we play rock, jazz, punk, soul to any genre of music.
The band members all came from different background, some are jazz musicians, one came from a rock band, one from a dub band, one guy is an expert on Frankk Zapp and some are total authentic ska freak.  We fuse all kinds of influences into our music.  It is hard to describe our sound.
 
Dream rock moment (real or not)?
We love the moments to witness our audience with only smile on their faces during our show. We are totally united with music.
We have been saying “Paradise Has No Border” as in the title of our song or of the album we are releasing.
Looking at everyone’s faces from the stage, we are convinced that there are no borders when you are all united with music.
Everyone is happy.  That’s our dream to see people smiling all over the world just like we see in the concert venues.
 
Still got day jobs?
No. Some members have different side bands.    
 
Any regrets?
Don’t think so.  Our motto is live 100% today.  You may not have tomorrow (who knows!) so enjoy today and do everything you can do today with 100% of your energy!
Find out more: http://www.tokyoska.net/

NEW QUICKSAND ALBUM INTERIORS TO BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 10 ON EPITAPH

NEW QUICKSAND ALBUM INTERIORS TO BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 10 ON EPITAPH

SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR “ILLUMINANT” TODAY

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ON SALE NOW

New York City post-hardcore band Quicksand are pleased to announce the upcoming release of Interiors, their first album in 22 years. Interiors features the band’s original (and only) lineup of drummer Alan Cage, frontman/guitarist Walter Schreifels, bassist Sergio Vega, and guitarist Tom Capone. The album will be released on November 10 on Epitaph.

Quicksand have also shared a new video for the first song shared off the album titled “Illuminant,” the lead single and opening track from Interiors.

Watch the video for “Illuminat” now: https://youtu.be/xgIJatX2uug

With its heavy but melodic guitar lines, intense rhythms, and emotionally charged lyrics, “Illuminant” shows the scope of Quicksand’s influence on post-hardcore and indie-rock bands over the last two decades.

Recorded at Studio 4 Recording in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Interiorswas produced and engineered by Will Yip (The Menzingers, Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth). While the album finds Quicksand embracing the cathartic, guitar-driven dynamic of their earlier work, Interiors also takes on a wider spectrum of sound.

“It was all just about being ourselves and who we were as well as who we are,” says Schreifels of the making of Interiors. “We did it for us completely.”

Pre-orders for Interiors are at: http://www.quicksandnyc.com

 

INTERIORS TRACKLIST:

1. Illuminant

2. Under The Screw

3. Warm And Low

4. >

5. Cosmonauts

6. Interiors

7. Hyperion

8. Fire This Time

9. Feels Like A Weight Has Been Lifted

10. >>

11. Sick Mind

12. Normal Love

 

Formed in 1990, Quicksand made their full-length debut with Slip—a 1993 release recently praised by The A.V. Club as “a nearly flawless record that combines the irony and heaviness of Helmet with Fugazi’s penchant to dismantle sound in the most energetic ways.” Arriving in 1995, their sophomore album Manic Compressionappeared at #1 on the Top Five Best Post-Hardcore Records list from LA Weekly (who noted that “if there were any justice in the world, Quicksand would have been the biggest underground band of the ’90s”).

“We were very influenced by Fugazi and Jane’s Addiction” says Schreifels of the band’s beginnings. “But we were doing it in a certain context with an energy that was just special and unique and kind of shined through.”

Throughout the early ’90s, Quicksand toured with bands like Helmet, Fugazi, Rage Against the Machine, and Anthrax. After disbanding in late 1995, they reunited for a one-night performance in June 2012. They’ve since appeared at festivals like FYF Fest and Pukkelpop, and in 2013 embarked on their first North American tour in 15 years.

Additionally, Quicksand will tour North American this fall; tickets on sale now.

QUICKSAND – PROMO PHOTO – CREDIT ATIBA JOHNSON

 

QUICKSAND TOUR DATES

Sept 05 Seattle, WA – Neumos

Sept 06 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

Sept 08 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Sept 09 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram

Sept 10 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

Sept 11 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up

Sept 12 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Sept 14 Dallas, TX – Trees Dallas

Sept 15 Austin, TX – Mohawk

Sept 16 Houston, TX – Walters Downtown

Sept 17 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks

Sept 19 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

Sept 20 Nashville, TN – Exit In

Sept 21 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

Sept 22 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

Sept 23 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

Sept 24 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

Sept 25 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace

Sept 26 Detroit, MA – El Club

Sept 27 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Sept 28 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

Sept 29 Washington, DC – Black Cat

Sept 30 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Oct 01 New York, NY – Warsaw

 

For more information on Quicksand, visit:

http://www.quicksandnyc.com/

https://www.facebook.com/QuicksandNYC/

MU330 – Don’t Worry Don’t Stress

A great new track by the legendary MU330:

Don’t Worry Don’t Stress

“MU330 rejects the violence and hate speech of alt right nazis in Charlottesville. White supremacy must be stomped out and uprooted from this country. Let’s throw these tired ideas in the garbage once and for all. There should be no safe space anywhere on the political spectrum for a group of people that advocate genocide, anti-Semitism, and the oppression of minorities. As a country, we need to stop defending such vile behavior. This has to stop, and our president must be held accountable for defending such hateful ideology. Are you thinking, “wait, I’m a conservative and I’m not a racist!”? That’s great! The good news is that you can be a conservative while rejecting nazis and a racist president that defends them.

100% of all donations from downloading this new MU330 tune will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Peace, MU330″

Fuck White Supremacists

Fuck White Supremacists. Fuck Fascists. Fuck Nationalists. Fuck Nazis.

There is no place in this world for your hate. There is no room for your violence and cowardice. There is not space for the fear you hope to instill.

You are not patriots. You are the whimpering voice of your own self-loathing.

You are are bigoted, privileged, and steeped in ignorance.

If you do not possess the sense or heart to see the truth in the error of your ways, I pity you.

History will see to it that you are, yet again, on the wrong side.

Pool your resources, buy an island, and as they say, peddle that shit somewhere else.

The Orphan – GODS.GUTTERS.STONES

GODS.GUTTERS.STONES, the new EP from The Orphan (Melbourne Australia) blasts out three tracks of noisy garage hardcore. The tracks are an intense wash of sound to the point of being a blur. Sounds jab at you from all directions leaving you reeling from the sonic assault. Each track bleeds into the next as you begin to bleed from your ears. Individual tracks are representative of the triumvirate title, with the final track, “Stones” bringing the EP to a grinding guttural conclusion. Listen at your peril.

-Jerry Actually

Senior Discount – And That’s Goodbye (Deluxe)


I’m rocking out to the brand new deluxe edition of the previously released, plain and boring old edition, of an EP from Providence-based punk band Senior Discount entitled, And That’s Goodbye. Did you hear me? I SAID DELUXE! It’s got guts, it’s got cuts. It’s got some sonofbitchin comedy, in the form of hillbilly renditions of some of the band’s previous material.

Well it’s been a year or two since I’ve heard from these Providence punkers, but they are back with some fine new block rockin’ beats. In addition to the aforementioned beats, there are a lot of covers, performed in a manner in which can only be described as cover tunes of Senior Discount songs, as performed by Senior Discount.

I know that maybe sounds kind of weird, but there is also a cover of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, which can best be described as a cover of a Cyndi Lauper song as performed by Senior Discount. So, ya know, take it for what it’s worth.

Seriously though, the band puts in the effort. The tracks are punchy and punky, but with a depth and sincerity that is often lacking in a lot of crap you are gonna hear on shitrock radio. There are also a lot of acoustic tracks and instrumental breaks, pointing to the fact that these folks really can play. That isn’t to say that the band takes themselves too seriously. They just sometimes sound serious.

Personal favorites: Ben Broke Edge, a simple solo acoustic ditty, and Don’t Hate Me (TBNSB), a melodic punk rock track reminding me a bit of LTJ and/or NOFX.

At any rate, there’s a DELUXE version of “And That’s Goodbye” available, and that’s as DELUXE is the whole goddamn world gets! Go find a copy, ideally at a live show in your neck of the woods. … if that doesn’t work for ya, check ‘em out here: www.seniordiscountmusic.com

Cheers!
Jerry Actually

Tracks: (Just to prove how fucking deluxe it really is)

01 And That’s Goodbye
02 Ataxia (Bluegrass)
03 Caley’s Song (Acoustic)
04 Don’t Hate Me (TBNSB)
05 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
06 Ben Broke Edge
07 I’m Crazy (Live and Revived)
08 A Death Threat to the World at Large (VBW Song Part 2)
09 Explode RI (Re-Ignited)
10 Explode RI (Big Mac Version)

Band Bio: (which includes things that I wrote)

Senior Discount has played over 200 shows in RI, MA, CT, NH, NJ, NY, PA, and VT, and won the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll for Best Punk Band two years in a row.

We’ve shared the stage with such acts as Anti-Flag, Gym Class Heroes, Girl Talk, Boys Like Girls, The Bravery, Guttermouth, Less Than Jake, The Ataris, Leftover Crack, A Wilhelm Scream, the Street Dogs, Zox, Big D and the Kids Table, Darkbuster, The Swingin Utters, Rehab, Mickey Avalon, Streetlight Manifesto, the Bloodshot Hooligans,The Loved Ones, MC Lars, Suburban Legends, Patent Pending, The Toasters, The Pilfers, and many many more.

Our first album “There Were Four Who Tried…“, has gotten positive reviews from all over the US (and internationally), including very positive reviews from Maximum Rock N Roll(CA), which boasted, “These guys can rock and scream….a strong full-length,” and the revered AbsolutePunk.net, which stated “The band really acts out their emotions….Every track from the album is an anthem to punk rock’s principles.” Our second release received the comment “These guys slay on record and live!” from mash-up DJ sensation Girl Talk.

We also focus heavily on film production, as we’ve used short films to promote for our shows and releases. Our one full-length film (“VBW Attack: The Senior Discount Movie“) was reviewed by The Noise (Boston) which reported “…let’s just say that this DVD is gold and that the band, and those with them, have some mighty winds at their sails.” The national television network G4 has bought and aired footage from the film. The band has totalled around 40,000 views on their streaming video sites.

Upon the release of our newest package, the CD/DVD “This is Not the End,” Upstarter (CA) said “The band has developed an obvious maturity….serious and sincere” while The Noise (Boston) called the album “smart, loco, epic punk…a pleasant assemblage of earnest songrcraft.”  In the past year, the band played some dates of theSka Goes Solo tour with the singers of Less Than Jake and Catch 22, while Senior Discount lead singer Chuck Staton played solo shows with Chuck Ragan (The Revival Tour/Hot Water Music), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), and Kris Roe (The Ataris). We were recently nominated for Best Pop Punk Band in Motif Magazine.

Pink Muscles – The Signal


Angular is the new curve, at least a curve on the regular old garage punk you’ve been jamming up your ear-orifices lately. To alter that in a direction that maybe you’ll enjoy, I offer, Pink Muscles new LP “The Signal.” 14 tracks of absolutely mental psych-garage-punk-noise. It is angular as fuck!

The band hails from Seattle, and that is about all I know of them, aside from the album that I’m listening to right now. Best I can tell you is that I’m getting a vibe. I don’t know what the vibe means or represents. I mean it might be a drug flashback, or maybe it’s a flash forward to drugs I may be required to do in the future. It really is hard to tell.

The music is swirling and shouty, punctuated with computer-like, precision supersonics. It’s as though a less distorted, or perhaps differently distorted Al Jourgensen was fronting for an alternate history of Voivoid ala Dimension Hatröss, throw in some Prong outtakes of Steady Decline for good measure. Does that give you a feel for what’s going on here? Yeah, probably not. I think you’re just gonna have to give ‘em a listen.

The tunes are brief, but in the time allotted, they go in a myriad of directions, sometimes simultaneously. Frenetic like Mr. Bungle, but not so circusy, more robotic. However, the scattered, yet robotic nature of the music belies its underlying humanity, humanity that is in end stage. It feels like a world in breakdown mode and from these crumbling ruins a new world will rise, Phoenix-like, with more printed circuits and transistors the next time around.

At the end of the day, if you like your music odd, and noisy, and something that will still probably scare the crap out of your parents, teachers, friends, and neighbors, then by all means, give The Signal, by Pink Muscles a whirl.

-Jerry Actually

Find out more about the band:
https://pinkmuscles.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/pinkmuscles/

Tracks:
1 Resumption
2 Teenage Rainbows
3 Infestopus
4 Star Grove
5 The Man at the End of My Street
6 Black Market Tampons
7 Battery Acid
8 Party at Murder Beach
9 The Egg Lady
10 I Wrote This Song With My Father’s Guitar
11 The Master
12 Officers of the Universe
13 Heaven is for Real
14 Mouth House