Next Music from Tokyo (NMFT) is an annual tour that introduces Canadians to the most creative and skilled bands from Japan’s indie/underground music scene. The tour began in 2010 and brings a different group of Japanese bands to Canada each year.
NMFT vol 15 showcases five unheralded but amazing bands:
skillkills is a hard-hitting experimental funk band utilizing live drumming and bass guitar over intricate breakbeats. #mathfunk
the hatch is a post-hardcore band from Sapporo that started off playing ultra-fast, mosh pit-inducing punk/HC distinguished by a ‘mean trombone’ but their music has now evolved into something darker, heavier, ‘cooler’ and much more technical.
SEAPOOL is a predominantly female band who are a throwback to 90’s era alternative and punk rock. They sound like Nirvana meets Sonic Youth with some Smashing Pumpkins and Ride mixed in. But despite the derivative aspect the music has a modern, experimental, creative side giving it an unequivocally fresh vibe.
heliotrope is a three-piece band playing piano-driven, emotional post-hardcore with female vocals and no guitar. Their music is hauntingly beautiful and powerful. (Heliotrope’s singer Netako is also a member of JYOCHO who participated in NMFT12)
BATROICA METAL SUMMER JACKET is an all-star band formed from the ashes of The Taupe and Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu—two bands that broke up last year and two of the most well received bands from previous NMFT tours.
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.