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The Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass / Press

“A few songs into Piranhas BC’s set, frontman James Thomason gave the standard concert shout-outs. He thanked the crowd, The Shredder and the local band that had played earlier. “And of course, we are all here to see our friends from Japan,” he added, referring to the show’s headliner, The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass. That wasn’t just talk, though. Sean Paul, Piranhas’ rhythm guitarist, hugged The Akabane Vulgars’ lead singer, Yumi Uchizono, and chatted with her briefly as she and her bandmates set up their gear. Members of Piranhas stayed close to the stage as The Vulgars played. The Tokyo trio received similar goodwill from the rest of the audience. About 50 people came to The Shredder on Aug. 30 to watch The Akabane Vulgars’ second appearance in Boise. Only half as many people saw the first appearance, an opening set for The Vibrators last September. The crowd’s dancing and loud applause this night befitted the band’s fierce performance. This wasn’t the”

“The underground rock ‘n’ roll scene in Japan is colossal, legendary even. All the genre offshoots—hardcore, punk, power pop, garage and so forth—are accounted for in the country’s vast and varied landscape. And, as Eric Davidson writes in We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut 1988-2001, Japan is traditionally the country where those genres “go to have jumper cables attached to their nipples.” While seasoned bands like Teengenerate, Guitar Wolf and The 5.6.7.8′s might already be on your radar, there’s heaps of lesser-known acts just as deserving of acclaim. Some of these standouts are greener groups still gaining ground, while others are as established as the aforementioned legends. All of them are doing their part to keep the scene as uniquely raw and brilliantly hyperactive as it’s always been. THE AKABANE VULGARS ON STRONG BYPASS This blues-punk combo—sisters Miki and Yumi Uchizono and former schoolmate Kei Sofue—is often deceptively labeled. They’ve played”

“Sometimes it seems like all the raw, brilliant Japanese rock bands have been around forever. There’s nothing wrong with that. Guitar Wolf will still liquefy your eyeballs live. It’s just that you want to see that torch get passed eventually and you don’t want to hear, “oh, we all like electronic music now.” Happily, the lengthily named Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass have got hold of that rock ‘n’ roll torch and they are waving it around in threatening manner. The reckless power trio formed in 2005 when the members were in high school. Bassist/vocalist Miki Uchizono recruited her sister Yumi to sing and play guitar and her classmate Kei Sofue to be the drummer. As of this posting, they have only the 2010 EP Burn It, Burn. Girl, You Burn It, a couple of seven inches and a SXSW only compilation in their discography. Compared to the many established acts that have been around for a couple of decades, these ladies just happened.”