I've been to a couple of concerts by this band FolkRocks and I really like their sound. It's a cross between Folk music and Rock music! Here's one of their tunes with a video of the view out of the window of a train journey I took from Shimoda on the Izu penisula.
Sadly I have no idea what the lyrics mean, but I've been told they fit quite well with the visuals.
The front man of the band is Rui Nagai and he leads the band of five people. There is great atmosphere at the concerts with some very loyal fans.
You can a preview of the other songs on the album at iTunes
They don't play many gigs, but there is one coming up next month in Tokyo. I'll be there and if you'd like to join me I think you'll have a great night out.
Date: Wednesday October 20th 2010 · 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Location : STAR PINE'S CAFE
B1 1-20-16 Kichijoji , Tokyo.
Ticket price: 3,600yen ( includes 1 drink)
Facebook Event link : FolkRocks Live
Venue Directions : Take the north exit of Kichijoji station and come out to the big rotary. Take the big street on the right (passing UFJ Bank on your right), heading away from the station. Take the third right after UFJ, and find Star Pine's Cafe on your left .
Directions taken from Tokyo Gig Guide. They have got a huge list of venues that have live music in Tokyo.
If you like Japanese music, there's sure to me more blog posts thanks to this months Japan Blog Matsuri. Hosted by Jessica at Nippon Ichigo The theme is Japanese Music. What's your favourite Japanese band ?