It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown for April 21, 2018! Starting off the countdown today are four “Punk Rock Rodents” named “Lucy and the Rats.” They were introduced to us by legendary DJ, Alex Kish over at Wassup Rocker Radio. Their bio squeals: “The Rats are Aussie punk rock legend Lucy Spazzy’s new London backing outfit. According to a (sadly now deceased) witness, their sound comes across like a lab experiment gone wrong, the most delicate of hamsters being ravaged by the filthiest sewer rat whilst humming the sweetest of sweet melodies… Science gone, indeed, too far!! ….you know these rodents are here to bite you!! Here Come the Rats!!!”
I started playing this band on my regular radio show (Mike Rogers Show on Sundays 5 ~ 7 in Tokyo on InterFM897 and Nagoya on 79.5. Nationwide on Radiko.jp) and the reaction was great. The listeners loved it. You will too.
Of course they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Lucy-and-the-Rats-817424101645809/
#3) Lucy & The Rats – Lose My Mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4UKj0MqfNQ
At #2 today is a ANOTHER band introduced to us by legendary DJ, Alex Kish over at Wassup Rocker Radio. Thanks, Alex! It’s a Garage Rock outfit named the “Prefab Messiahs.” Their bio states: “Micro-legendary DIY Garage-Pop-Psych provocateurs! Evolutionary genre grinders practicing art-damaged power pop, rock, crunch, jangle and general mind-infiltration.” I think it’s cool.
They have a Bandcamp: https://theprefabmessiahs.bandcamp.com/
Here’s their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePrefabMessiahs/
#2) THE PREFAB MESSIAHS – “Weirdoz Everywhere” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeOKczdLLy0
At #1 are Italy’s favorite punk rock sons, “The Twinkles.” These guys have been rockin for over 20 years and I think they are, by far, the best punk band from Italy today! They say their influences are: “The Boys, Ramones, Undertones, Cock Sparrer, Vibrators, Skids, Chelsea, Rudi, Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, Lurkers, 999, Buzzcocks, Members, Carpettes, Jolt, Generation X, Beatles, Beach Boys, Hollies.”
This song is the latest from their newest effort. These guys are fantastic musicians and they got some killer song writing by leader Nick Mess!
Here’s their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetwinkles/
#1) The Twinkles – Bubblegum Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li_aXzPi604
TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! The World Famous Neatbeats! The Neatbeats were the main band in Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story and I think they are Japan’s best (and by far most fun) rock band! This their newest single and it rocks. It’s called “Bye Bye Very Good” and it’s off their just released new album, “Operation the Beat.” Is that a cool name and record jacket, or what?
Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ssttddkk/
SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! The Neatbeats – Bye Bye Very Good: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LqPd4XcsIJE
And speaking of the Neatbeats! “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!
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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