October Babies
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October Babies

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Ao-zora Radio (2007), LP
Somethin' Eternal (2007), single
Here, October Babies (2007), EP, iTunes (Japan Store)
Wa Wa Wa (2008), single
Do Do Do (2008), single
Can I Be Born Again (Again Again) (2009), single



October Babies was founded by Japanese singer Toko Shiiki and bassist/arranger Erik Santos. The songwriting duo met in Tokyo in 2002 while Santos was resident composer for the spectacular butoh dance/theater group Dairakudakan. When Toko moved to the US to study photography in 2005, the couple immediately began to collaborate, and eventually produced their debut CD "Ao-zora Radio" (Blue-sky Radio), named after Toko's monthly podcast of the same name.

Joined by guitarist/vocalist Dale King, and drummer Ben Lorenz - the October Babies have a bright and energetic spirit which excites their American audiences, even though their lyrics are often in Japanese.

Their songs are a hybrid of many genres (funk, jazz, R&B, reggae/ska/dub, techno, latin, drum&bass, rock, surfpunk, hip hop, downtempo, orchestra pop, and blues, to name a few), and have won several major Japanese internet competitions, like Yahoo Japan's Indies Jump and BlogTunes.

In addition to their original songs, the band also covers a number of tunes by Japanese artists, and the American and European tunes they cover are often translated and sung in Japanese.