WHAT’S UP NATION!?
So let tell you something that happened recently. I went to an Anime con called Omni Fandom Expo in Orlando FL. They had a bunch of Anime guests there but, they also had a Japanese Pop Star named SAWA. Being a music guy my friend and colleague Evan Bernardi at ShadedScytheStudios.com convinced me to go over and meet. And I gotta say…I am so glad I did.
We talked a lot about music and told her that a friend of mine Misha Feldmann has toured Japan numerous times through out his musical career. Be it his former band SummerCamp. His current band The PenFifteen Club. Or with his friend Tim Cullen. She wasn’t familiar with those bands but what really blew her mind was that he played the Mount Fuji Rock Festival (Think of it as there version of the UK Download Festival). I told her my friend got to play the same stage as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters and so many other great bands. Her jaw hit the floor. I told her there was one Japanese band I have seen live and that was DIR EN GREY.
Her face lit up when I told her that. I saw them at Family Values 2006 with KoRn, Deftones, Flyleaf, and 10 Years. We talked about seeing them live and this one thing the singer does that neither of us get. He sticks his fingers in his mouth, slit his gums and smears the blood over his face….Yeah I dont get it. Normally when people do shock rock performance pieces. They do something that conveys the message in the song. I would say maybe there’s something lost in translation but, as I said. She doesn’t get it either. I also told her that there is at least one Japanese band that’s on my bucket list and that’s LOUDNESS.
She’s apparently a big fan and told me they are worth seeing. Their music is amazing. They’ve been around since the 80s and they’re still rocking it. I can’t do them justice. Just check out the video above. Now as for Sawa’s music. I asked her what her music is like and she told me while there are elements of pop. It’s more of Pop Rock sound with a hint of grunge. So this was the album I got from her.
It’s an EP so I figured it would be a good sample of her music and I gotta say….It was A LOT BETTER than I thought it was going to be. It had catchy hooks, a nice rocking sound, good lyrics, and yeah it did in fact have a hint of grunge. I was pleasantly surprised and for those of you wondering. She does sing in English. You can check out this album on Spotify. She also has another EP for sale on iTunes under the name Sawa’s Phool and be sure to check out her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sawasphool/
And until next time Nation. STAY LOUD!