It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown for May 19, 2018! Starting off the countdown are a girls band that were introduced to us by DJ Mick Fletcher of the world famous “Just Some Punk Songs” (Check this killer shit here: https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-drunken-sailor-special/) The band are two sisters who call themselves, The Soapgirls. Their bio states: “French born sisters Millie and Mie, have slayed critics and earned a dedicated group of followers known as the ‘The SoapSuds’, who follow the band across the UK and Europe. The SoapGirls are society’s rejects and their punk credentials were rubber-stamped by scintillating performances at the legendary Rebellion Festival last year and such was the their success that they were asked back to play the Blackpool event again in 2018.”
I like this. Cheesy and hot girls band. Cool!
Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thesoapgirls/about/
3) The SoapGirls – Bad Bitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbJMgFoAqBo
At #2 is something brand new from Honeychain an alternative group from Los Angeles. Honeychain’s bio reads: “honeychain is the sound of chaotic romance, in-your-face garage pop swagger, and hypnotic heartbreak. With a sound soaked in bittersweet alternative rock and sun drenched punky power pop, this Los Angeles based formidable threesome have received a number of stellar reviews from music fans and music critics alike along with radio airplay on numerous college and independent stations and by Rodney Bingenheimer on his Rodney on the ROQ show on KROQ.”
If this song sounds familiar, it’s because it is a cover of the Siouxsie and the Banshees classic from 1980.
Here’s their Facebook page. Go “Like” it! https://www.facebook.com/honeychainmusic
#2) Honeychain – Happy House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zokbOL4xk5c
At #1 this week is a track that was sent to us by Alex Kish over at one of the other super cool radio shows, Wassup Rocker Radio. The band are the Dumbleachers and they describe themselves as: “A garage psych noise pop band from Fremantle, Western Australia.” Happy Mag writes: “With a love of garage rock, psychedelia and apparently crustaceans, Moistoyster are carving a scuzzy sonic niche upon the coastline of Fremantle.” There’s lots of cool shit coming out of Australia nowadays!
Here’s their Facbook page: https://www.facebook.com/dumbleachersband/
#1) DUMBLEACHERS – NOTHING https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyE4tZyEt3s
SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Today’s spotlight goes to a local Japanese band that has been around for a while but I just found out about them. This band is fantastic! Their name is Jail Guitar Doors and they kick ass. The only thing I know about this band is they’ve been around since 1989 and they state on their webpage: “Jail Guitar Doors, you don’t like us. We don’t care.” I think they are fucking cool.
This is an anti-war song so let me explain a bit. In WWII, when things weren’t going so well for Japan, the government started drafting 16-year-olds into the military. Lots of these kids wound up as Kamikaze pilots. This is some heavy shit. Killer punk rock and roll. I love this!!!!!
Here are the lyrics:
Raise your flag. Raise your flag
The mistakes not to be forgotten
the sadness not to be forgotten
the falling cherry blossoms wishes to tell you
If you dig shit like Rancid or the Clash, you’re going to dig this big time. Of course, they’ll be on my radio show, The Mike Rogers Show tomorrow morning… (Mike Rogers Show – every Sunday from 5 am ~ 7 am. You can listen live on InterFM 897 in Tokyo, Radio Neo 79.5 in Nagoya or nationally broadcast (and On-Demand) on radiko.jp).
“Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story,” enjoyed its World-Premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London on Sept. 25, 2017, and was released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan will celebrate the release of the DVD and Blu-Ray on sale all across Japan on June 13, 2018!
Here’s the movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwJ4AfzOwM
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story
DVD and Blu-Ray on sale all across Japan on June 13, 2018!
Well, that’s it for today. Have a great weekend!
About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit Internet TV program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers. He is currently producing and hosting “The Mike Rogers Show” every Sunday live on InterFM 89.7 in Tokyo and Radio Neo in Nagoya 79.5 and nationally broadcast on Radiko.jp (Internet radio). And he is the creator and founder of the Mt. Fuji – Atami Film & VR Festival. Also his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story,” which enjoyed its World-Premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London on Sept. 25, 2017, and was released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan from Sept. 2017 ~ Mar. 2018. The DVD and Blu-Ray go on sale all across Japan on June 13, 2018!
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Japanese Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwJ4AfzOwM&t
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Foreign trailer: https://vimeo.com/210533272)
… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!
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