tokyo pinsalocks

tokyo pinsalocks

 Tokyo, Tōkyō, JPN
BandRockEDM

With colourful synth, distorted bass, creative drums and dreamlike vocals, all-girl groove-pop trio tokyo pinsalocks make fresh, eclectic and danceable music, resulting in several successful US and UK tours. Fans include the members of Devo, Jerry Casale has called them "the Daughters I Never Had"

Biography

With one eye on the past and the other firmly on the future, all-girl groove-pop trio tokyo pinsalocks are one of Japan’s most exciting bands. With a tight sound comprising colourful synth, distorted bass, creative drums and dreamlike vocals, their music is fresh, eclectic and danceable, with an artistic sensibility that garners them as much respect from the worlds of fashion and art as within music.

Since their 2000 inception in Tokyo, tokyo pinsalocks have released six albums and mini-albums, creating stripped-back, psyched-out pop that does grand justice to the band’s heroes Kraftwerk, Bjork and Super Junky Monkey, and won them fans including the members of Devo.

The trio’s August 2009 release, ‘Travelling SpoonE was produced by Shunichi Miura (Uchoten/Kera And The Synthesizers) and takes new-wave rock to wild new limits, as trippy microKorg melodies and distorted basslines combine with fresh beats to create something both deliciously poppy and hard as nails.

In February 2007 they got airborne, exploding onto stages around the US and UK. So far their overseas shows have included New York’s Knitting Factory, the 1,000-capacity Anime Boston expo, UK festivals The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City, and many others.

In Japan, they run their own series of live events, Spoon Market, which bring together the cream of female Japanese artists; live guests have included HalCali, Nirgilis and Motocompo, alongside rising visual artists and fashion designers. Other domestic shows have featured Sapporo’s revered Rising Sun Rock Festival, and the band’s October-November 2009 Japan tour will take in the entire span of the country, culminating in a one-band show at Tokyo’s renowned Club QUE.

"Tokyo Pinsalocks are the Daughters I Never Had" - Jerry Casale (DEVO)

"Tokyo Pinsalocks prove that a little playful experimentation can produce pop music with both brains and soul" - Metropolis

"Amazing Japanese electropop act" - Peter Robinson, Pop Justice

"tokyo pinsalocks sound, if we're making crass comparisons, a bit like The Knife if they were from the Japanese capital and learning to fly space rockets" - PlayLouder.com

"A first-class package of groove-led pop magic with mashed-up vocals, warm rhythm instruments and electronic leanings" - David Harrison, Music Towers

"This band is exciting proof of the Japanese rock’n’roll invasion of America to come" - Devo cohort Robert Miltenberg

"tokyo pinsalocks offer tripped-out psychedelic pop that recalls Jane’s Addiction and Lush in equal parts" - Disorder Magazine

" "rhythm channel" reminds me of the freshness, inventive fun and energy of The Sugarcubes (with Bjork)’s classic CD "Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!" " - Albert Fox, film/TV/videogame/commercial composer

"Keyboard-led pop sensation tokyo pinsalocks play danceable, rhythmic pop with nary a guitar nor agenda in sight" - Neo magazine

"Sugar sweet, simple and occasionally Bjork-esque lyrics accompany a grimy but tightly skilled rhythm section that blasts from the PA with the fervor of a super-hero video game" - eGigs

Lyrics

Antenna (2008 / English)

Written By: Naoko (tokyo pinsalocks)

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From the big antenna absorb all your desire

It makes you full, it makes you full,
it makes you full enough

Spit, spit, spit them all
Spit, spit, spit them all
Get along with the pain, somehow by myself

human, stress, clear, it?fs a new day

It makes you full, it makes you full,
it makes you full enough

Spit, spit, spit them all
Spit, spit, spit them all
Get along with the pain, somehow by myself

From the antenna catch the sign

Ajito "Rita" (2008 / English)

Written By: Naoko (tokyo pinsalocks)

A place to run into
wherever you are in this world
A place to run into
even under war disasters

Only allowed to enter with a passport
which named ?gtrust?h
Which you can only find by having an antenna
of looking for wonderful things

Breathing rhythm and
Overflowing melody
Spinning rhythm and
Drowning melody

Even the time when I lost my love
Even the time when I find my love
Even the world is filled with enemies
Making the whole world?fs on my side

Keep singing

Mannequin (2009 / Japanesse)

Written By: Naoko (tokyo pinsalocks)

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Bathroom (2009 / Japanese)

Written By: Naoko (tokyo pinsalocks)

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Plutonium 07 (2007 / Japanese)

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Discography

"Travelling Spoon" (Album 2009 / KIMONO)
1. Capsule (Web Streaming)
2. Bathroom (Web Streaming)
3. Balloon Hunt
4. REM-Suimin (Myspace)
5. My Hotcake-ish Wish
6. Mannequin (Web Streaming / Myspace)
7. Travelling Spoon
8. Travelling Spoon (Remixed by Hajime Fukuma)

"Planet "Rita" (Album 2008 / KIMONO)
1. Antenna (Web Streaming / Myspace)
2. Circle (Web Streaming / Myspace)
3. Cosmic Groove
4. Ajito "Rita"
5. Wolf and Sheep
6. Ideal Cosmos
7. AIRPORT

"Plutonium EP" (EP 2007 / HIPSHAKE records)
1. Plutonium 07 (Web Streaming / Myspace)
2. Quiet
3. so far, so fine
4. nioi-mania
5. SAUCE OF LUNCH (Web Streaming / Myspace)

"rthythm channel" (Album 2005 / Digilla / Rocket Girls / HIPSHAKE records )

1ch. rhythm (Web Streaming / Myspace)
2ch. Sweet Room
3ch. How many personalities??
4ch. Plutonium
5ch. Repeat
6ch. MONOPOLY
7ch. Clover
8ch. that day?
9ch. Heaven's Chocolate (Web Streaming / Myspace)
10ch. A Tower on the clouds
11ch. WEEK
12ch. Dream Catcher
13ch. Gosadou
14ch. UENOHOU

"Bouble Girl" (Album 2004 / HIPSHAKE records)
1. Intro -welcome to the bouble!-
2. Brainwasher
3. Who am I?
4. Bouble Girl
5. Important Things
6. Haru, Hareta Hi
7. today & tomorrow

"STAY HERE" (Album 2003 / HIPSHAKE records)
1. SOUND WAVE
2. STAY HERE
3. Tsuki No Negai
4. Jibun Houki
5. Hana
6. Shoujou Yuugi

"Pedicure" (EP 2001/ HIPSHAKE records)
1. Pedicure
2. Hey! To-chan
3. Theme of Tokyo Pinsalocks

Set List

(40 min. set)

1. Salon de Tokyo
2. Mannequin
3. Balloon Hunt
4. Ajito "Rita"

5. My Hotcake-ish Wish
6. Antenna

7. Plutonium 07
8. Quiet
9. so far, so fine

(possible to play between 30 min. set to 75 min. set)