Tokyo Sounds: New Music Showcase feat. No Cars, smallgang, Ken Kobayashi & The Colours
Following on from their wonderful performance at last year’s festival, we’re thrilled to welcome back No Cars! This Japanese three-piece, currently based in London, are becoming well known for their enchantingly odd and playful live performances and charming, indefinable compositions. Haruna, Sachi and Kyoko combine supremely hummable melodies with satirical, surreal lyrics and sharp indie-pop instrumentation: never predictable, and with an exuberant edge that makes them an ideal party band!
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Television, Pavement and Joy Division, London’s smallgang distill their eclectic mix of influences through a restless and inquisitive mindset that sets them apart from much of today’s indie scene. Fronted by Anglo-Japanese siblings Simon and Toshi Kobayashi and backed by the husband and wife rhythm section of Matt and Ruth Atkins, Smallgang are tightly knit and tightly wound, and their sound is truly unique: like Johnny Cash fronting Sonic Youth or Smog’s Bill Callahan holding his own in front of Dinosaur Jr, in their words.
Ken Kobayashi & The Colours
Ken Kobayashi is a German/Japanese singer, songwriter and producer based in the UK. Spending his childhood in Tokyo, Berlin and London, he was exposed to a wide range of music, and began to write songs at the age of 16. Sweeping, emotional and full of intricacies, and now with his new band The Colours, Ken is ready to bring his catchy, thoughtful compositions and compelling live show to a wider audience. Expect to be hearing a lot more from him during as 2012 rolls on, and make sure you get down early!