My last post about Japanese music explored some influential bands in the Shibuya-kei scene of the 1990’s. This time, I wanna talk about the bands that crossed over from the world of lounge pop into the world of punk rock. Which is where my heart lies. Psyche. I have no heart.
While many of the “new wave of new wave” bands had their strongest influences in late 70’s and early 80’s American punk and new wave, several of my favorite J-pop acts transitioned very obviously from the bossa nova heavy music of the 90’s straight into electro punk. Among these bands are Macdonald Duck Eclair, Hi-Posi, and one of my very favorite bands, Plus-Tech Squeeze Box.
Here’s a couple tracks by Macdonald Duck Eclair. Sorz, no real vids for these. Both songs are off their first full length, “Short Short” (2004). They cite both french pops and Atari Teenage Riot as important influences. You can hear this quite clearly on the album, and on these two tracks. more after the break so click it dbag. Read moreNo comments