Akira

Akira

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International electronic post rock pop played by a multi-hued cast of girls and boys with loud guitars.

Biography

One of the hottest unsigned bands in the UK." PLAYMUSIC

"It's lucky for Akira that the music they make is so fresh and exciting... sign this band now." CMU DAILY

"The one overriding factor that they have going for them is the sheer scope of their vision. They're one of the few bands who you can really say are completely doing their own thing with no regard to what the outside world thinks it should be hearing." DROWNEDINSOUND

"We're mightily impressed... a band that seems to be pulling off in all sorts of interesting directions."
4/5 ARTROCKER

"Car-crash music shouldn't sound so sexy... discordant pop gold." 4/5 GOD IS IN THE TV

"Aggressive yet restrained punk energy housed in lo-fi exploration... A band whose diverse musical kaleidoscope will impress and engage at every twist." 9/10 NOIZE MAKES ENEMIES

"Another perfectly-crafted curio... Akira are one of the most intriguing bands around now, and [Japanese Frequencies] should see that reputation spreading." MAPS MAGAZINE

"Showstopping centerpiece... [End#] sounds not unlike a distant communication from a far swept galactic void from where an exiled Vangelis is found forlornly tapping out tear strewn mayday calls into the endlessly empty heavens. A bit of a gem." LOSING TODAY

"I love the way Akira don’t care about any trends. I love the way Akira forge their own way forward. I love the way that Akira sound quite unlike anyone else and the way that they are probably committing commercial suicide by recording 8 minute songs. I love them so much I don’t mind waiting 2 and a half years between EPs." TASTY FANZINE

Artist of the Week (16th Feb 2009) - Radio Nowhere

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AKIRA. Sarah, Joel and Gbenga. Two guys and a girl intent on infecting the world with their singular take on expansive, electronic post-rock pop. It’s taken Lagos, The Hague, Brixton, Southgate, Cambridge and London to bring them to this point, along with various guitars, effects pedals, electronic drums and the knowledge of numerous computer programmes. Oh, and melody.

Where Akira’s embryonic stages left live audiences amazed that all those layers of sound were being created by just three people, the band now bring a focus and clarity to their music that harnesses noise as just one weapon in their now considerable armoury of musical devices.

JAPANESE FREQUENCIES, Akira’s debut EP, is a showcase for the band’s many sides. Lead track 'Hard Feelings' (mixed by XL Recordings' dubstep stars Various Production) opens with the sound of your brain freezing and a brooding double-tracked vocal from Joel before opening out into an expansive chorus that would do the Arcade Fire proud, the multiplied voices of Sarah, Joel and Gbenga singing in unison. While the band twist and lurch around it and the electronics teeter on the verge of chaos, the song’s melodic centre is never lost.

'Tickertape' (mixed by Transgressive Records' Jeremy Warmsley) introduces Gbenga on lead vocals and here the juxtaposition is between his soulful voice and the full on barrage of electronically mangled instruments, all pinned down with an insistently danceable drum groove lifted straight from the live show.

Akira are what you might call an ambidextrous band. Three vocalists, male and female, who can sing lead; all guitar players who swap various other instruments around; able to seamlessly weave electronics into their music because they form a part of the songwriting process and are created by the band members themselves.

With a lot of material sitting on various computers in their homes, Akira work on the assumption that a recorded version of a song is just that – a version. The band are constantly remixing and refixing their songs with the results often bearing little resemblance to the original material. It is this process that produced 'God’s Warning to the People of England', a one-minute sketch constructed from the melody of 'Hard Feelings' and warm synth washes that sound like sunrise.

'End#' fittingly closes out this set of songs, a seven-minute instrumental that is at once the closest thing here to Akira’s post-rock roots and the furthest, for it is also the only track that does not feature any ‘live’ instruments. It is the soundtrack to a planetary collapse viewed from a platform in space with a loved one. Its video has also been tagged by one YouTube user as the alternate ending to disaster movie Cloverfield. Go figure.

You could call them control freaks. They prefer 'chaotic perfectionists'.

Or, simply, Akira.

Discography

Japanese Frequencies EP (Filthy Little Angels, 2008).

All tracks from this four track EP have been played by various European radio stations, most notably XFM and BBC 6Music in the UK and the RTE in Ireland.

Set List

TYPICAL 35MIN SET

Intro-D4
You're My Friend and I Love You
Snap!
Lights In The Sky
Tickertape
Hard Feelings
The Things We Don't Say
Commiserations
Together

TYPICAL 60MIN SET

Winning A Nuclear War
Uzi
You're My Friend and I Love You
Snap!
Lights In The Sky
Our Separate Ways
Tickertape
Hard Feelings
End#
I Will See You In My Dreams
Commiserations
Together

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