Sunday, 3rd August 2008: Toe in KL
No. I never heard of Toe before. When it comes to current Japanese kinda-post-rock bands, there were two which I was in love with; MSAYA (Music Start Against Young Assault) and Coa (read a review here); both introduced to me by a friend who was living in Japan.
You can listen to Toe’s tunes on the site below and for me it sounded a wee bit like both bands I mentioned, pretty mellow stuff with intermittent freak-outs (as with Coa, which is more psych than most). Anyway, I’m looking forward to bliss out at the show. Must bring humongous pillows.
from Soundscape Records: “Best known for its swift, acute beat and rhythms, clean melodic guitar settings and refreshingly riveting live perfomances, TOE is the internationally reknown math-rock instrumental music group of four that has created a whirlwind of musical excitement since its inception in 2000.
TOE’s eloquent musical uniqueness comes from its ability to glide intricate, subtle morphs in beat and rhythm on incendiary rock motifs, and a masterfully woven flowing texture of fresh acoustic guitars. Combined with emotionally absorbing live performances, it is one of the most refreshing instrumental bands on the forefront of Japanese indie music.
The band’s exceptional musical prowness has also often been compared to critically acclaimed and internationally recognised acts such as Pele and The Album Leaf. TOE’s one and only South East Asian tour stop in KL, Malaysia is set to be a regional indie music mini festival and will also feature some of the most astounding Malaysian and Singaporean bands.
On the local front are post-punk powerhouse Nao, math-rock noisemakers Killeur Calculateur, and Brit-rock trailblazers They Will Kill Us All, while hailing from our island neighbour are nascent dreamscape strider Amberhaze and indie-rock top-brass B-Quartet. TOE is Mino Takaaki and Yamazaki Hirokazu on guitars, Yamane Satoshi on bass, and Kashikura Takashi on drums.”
Early-bird tickets are at RM 80 (Available from now till 25/7/2008) and RM 100 at the door. Tickets are available at selected Rock Corner outlets.
For more info, call 016-3369089 or log on to soundscape-records.com