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Chiptune Invasion at London's Japan Underground

Date: Tuesday 4th October 2011 [15:32] | Posted By: Joe

London based readers who enjoy a good night out will want to keep Saturday 15th October 2011 free where the good folks at Japan Underground will be hosting a Chiptune Invasion from 3 of Tokyo's best.

This rare performance will feature 3 bands - Tokyo Pinsalocks, HONDALADY and GalapagosS.

The fun is set to start at 7pm at Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU.

Remember the club night is designed around gamers and fans of Japanese pop culture, so it's a perfect otaku night out! The event as always is worth going to as as previous events have received recommendations in Time Out London, The Independent, Absolute Radio and many more.
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Press release as follows:

London Set for Chiptune Invasion from Three of Tokyo's Best: 15 October

3 bands: Tokyo Pinsalocks, HONDALADY and GalapagosS play Japan Underground
Recommended alternative night out by TimeOut London

Where: Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU.
When: Saturday 15th October
Tickets: Adv. £10 [WeGotTickets], £13 door.

Three video game fuelled bands from Tokyo will descend on London for a rare performance on Saturday 15 October 2011. The night includes HONDALADY from the No More Heroes soundtrack; GalapagosS, the side project of Sharaku Kobayashi, the frontman from two of Japan's respected gamewave and nintendocore artists FLOPPY and Metronome; and electro-enthused pop from the all-girl Tokyo Pinsalocks – plus Japanese rock, electro and gaming tunes played until 3am. The madness takes place at the Bloomsbury Lanes, a five-minute walk from Euston Station and the venue includes arcade machines, ping-pong, pool and bowling.

The bands performing live are;

Tokyo Pinsalocks are a psychedelicious three-girl groove-pop outfit who have toured the UK and US several times. In step with the Tokyo music scene, their latest album, ‘KURUKURU TO GURUGURU', takes on a more electronic sound, and the trio's fun live show pits bass and drum grooves against Naoko's ice-cool modulated vocals.


Chiptune samurai GalapagosS is the brand-new project of Sharaku Kobayashi (vocals/guitar/sequencer), from the internationally successful chip-pop unit FLOPPY. The new group's name reflects the insular evolution of Japan's society in isolation from the rest of the world, tapping the zeitgeist to inform their 8bit-soaked fusion of techno pop, new wave and punk. They perform as a full band, giving blisteringly aggressive live shows, and borrow as much from anime, manga and videogames as they do from music.


Techno-rock unit HONDALADY have history stretching back to 1996 but have performed as a two-man outift since 2002. Their 8th album, ‘Sneaker mon amour', has been an underground hit in Japan, and the duo have also written music for videogames on Nintendo Wii, growing them a fanbase among gameheads in Europe and the US. Gamers may recognise member Yusuke Kozaki, he designed the characters of the super insane video game ‘No More Heroes'.


Source: Japan Underground

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