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FUJIYAMA ROLL / Press

“Durham quartet Fujiyama Roll, headlining here, is comprised of Japanese expats; they walk the line between prickly pop, classic rock and '70s prog, inspired by traditional J-pop and J-rock. Frontwoman BJ Junko's vocals range acrobatically from squealing highs to gruff muscularity.”

“Raising Hope is an eight-band fundraiser for disaster relief in the wake of the tsunami in Japan, so it's fitting that the most exciting act comprises Japanese immigrants. Durham's Fujiyama Roll combines the candy-coated bounce of J-pop with the grungy punch of American indie rock, arriving at forceful yet effervescent songs.”

Jordan Lawrence - INDY WEEK

“– They are an insane Japanese pop rock band. Like, literally insane. But awesome. Watching this band is like being in Akira. ”

The Pinhook, Durham

“Durham’s Fujiyama Roll and its brand of Japanese pop, also known as J-Pop, is a rarity in the Triangle’s rock and indie pop-heavy music scene.”

Joseph Chapman | The Daily Tar Heel

“ Next, is the Classic, Surf, Enka, and Kayoukyoku influenced Ro-Ken-Roll arrangements of Japanese pop (aka J-Pop) rockers, Fujiyama Roll. The Japanese born quartet has been hard at work since migrating to Durham, fast establishing themselves in the Trianglel music scene. ”

King Kenney/Motorco Music Hall

“With Fujiyama Roll, you get pop rock Musically, the band's sound never strays too far from the gritty and distorted norm of American punk rock, with each song held quick.....”

“We, Fujiyama Roll, play original and cover Japanese Pop/Rock. In 2005, our guitarist, Jimmy, organized "NC-RTP-ROCK," a music lover's group for Japanese people in Triangle area, and started to rehearse at the Nightsound Studio in Carrboro. Fujiyama Roll has started their career as one of several bands in NC-RTP-ROCK since 2007. After some member changes, Fujiyama Roll settled as a 4-piece-band, consisting of Jimmy, Junko, Yasu (AKA Moja) and Matt. We'd like to introduce "real Japanese music" in North Carolina, not only "already well known traditional Japanese culture!" Besides music, our members work hard for a research lab, a trading company, etc.”

“The exotically alluring Junko Berglund introduced her opening act quite matter-of-factly and commenting in true-form J-pop stylized "ro-ken-roll" accent, gave thanks to the Durham underground music scene before ripping through a set of geisha girl style indie jazz rock fusion.”

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