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01.05.12 Obscure Japanese Music

Obscure Japanese Music

List of some underappreciated japanese bands. Samples are included in the descriptions.
1Bo Ningen - Crazy psychedelic / prog /stoner rock band, channeling the '70s spirit. Fans of Boris might enjoy this. Black Sabbath fans too.
2Psysalia Psysalis Psyche - Garage rock-influenced post-punk. Some of their stuff has a slightly shoegazey atmosphere to it as well. Fans of The Horrors and similar bands should check this out.
3sleepy.ab - Band is rather blatantly flaunting their Radiohead worship. Their vocalist's voice actually sounds like japanese Thom Yorke too. If you enjoy Radiohead's The Bends - Kid A era, this is for you.
4PLASTICZOOMS - another band for The Horrors fans. Occasionally shoegazey post-punk music.
5sgt. - Brilliant fast-paced post-rock. No slowly building crescendo bullshit here. Dem drums.
6the band apart - Smooth, chill math-rock with engrish vocals. As far as japanese bands singing in english goes, these guys are actually rather good. For fans of bands such as Minus the Bear.
7Strawberry Song Orchestra - First visual kei band on this list. Don't skip them just for that, though. They're not as flamboyant as their contemporaries ( except for their bassist ) Band consists of 15 members, most of them being actors. They combine theatrics and traditional japanese music with punk, jazz and hard rock.
8Shinjuku Gewalt - Second one on the list. Lo-fi synthpop with an army theme.
9Aureole - Another band said to be influenced by Radiohead. Glitchy electronic sound.
10eastern youth - Japanese post-hardcore band from the '90s.
11ROACH - Metalcore band, combining western metalcore sounds with traditional japanese folk singing.
12WHITE ASH - Japanese post-hardcore. Fans of 9mm Parabellum Bullet and Ling Toshite Shigure should definitely check this one out.
13Owarikara Psychedelic indie rock, influenced by '70s psychedelic rock.
14SuiSeiNoboAz - Fans of Number Girl and Zazen Boys look out! This band basically pays tribute to them. Their 1st album was also produced by the frontman of both bands. Their sound is a combo of the more straightforward '80s alt rock influenced Number Girl sound and Zazen Boys' math rock sound.
15goatbed - Huge homage to '80s new wave/synth pop. Flamboyant as fuck.
16blgtz - Emo, indie rock. Occasional post-rock influence.
17Death March Kantai - A 'hardcore marching band'. They combine a psychobilly sound with marching band music and the result is quite unique and interesting.
18Vampilia - Experimental band. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and uneXpect fans should enjoy this. One of their bandmembers plays the saw.
19plugnet - Japanese hip-hop with chiptune beats. Catchy and unique as fuck.
20MY DRAGON - Objectively the best thing Japan has ever spawned, ever.
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