Big Night Out
expat music production outfit UK Sound continues to gather force, with a strong lineup of
Big Night Out events matching the best in Australian indie rock with bands and DJs from
Tokyo' fertile expat music scene. For the upcoming April 14 installment, Something for
Kate and Mr Blonde from down under will be paired with a diversity of local bands, DJs,
and a fashion show featuring young independent designers, in an epic all-nighter taking
maximum advantage of regular venue Shinjuku Loft's two stages.
Currently touring on the strength of their second album, last year's Beautiful Sharks,
Something for Kate possesses one of Australia's finest songwriting talents in the form of
lead singer and guitarist, Paul Dempsey. Signed to Murmur Records in 1996, the band
debuted with the aggressive ...the Answer to Both Your Questions EP, following it
up with Elsewhere for Eight Minutes in 1997. Ranging from beautifully crafted
melodic ballads to fully blown rock and roll, SFK offer, says UK Sound, "an
impressive live show with Paul's voice standing tall above the precise drum rhythms and
complex bass lines."
Formed six years ago, Sydney-based Mr Blonde are finally gaining the attention they
deserve with the release of their debut album, Blow Up, jam-packed with
incredible guitar-based tunes which showcase the band's ability to write amazingly catchy
songs. "It is advised to see these guys playing live while you can still see them in
a small, intimate environment," concludes UK Sound.
Why the focus on Aussie bands? "Right now, Australian rock bands seem to be
innovating and pushing out into the world," says UK Sound's Gareth Monteath.
"They are keen on playing in Japan, so their interests, our interests, and our
audience's interests coincide."
The night will also double as a CD release party for Tokyo-based dance-rock unit Orangey's
debut CD. Other UK Sound/Global Vision Music releases include: UK SOUND: MOVEMENT,
MosquitoKiss' Sweet, Beautiful Losers' Freshly Squeezed Melancholy, Red
Away Tops' Satellite TV and Velocity Boy's Velocity Boy.
UK Sound events organizer John Lynch also says stay tuned for a huge two-day festival UK
Sound is planning for October 14-15 in Odaiba, tentatively titled UK Sound Festival 2000.
Big Night Out takes place at
Shinjuku Loft on April 14.