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New Cherie Ko 高欣亿 / Ted Takeshi Doré (ドレテッド武) project: TOMGIRL Official Site.  The mailing list is HERE.    2nd photo is their first jam with the full band, last week.  Their s/t debut album is coming out Sept. 2nd.  =D Cherie Ko’s other projects include Pastelpower, Cherie & Ferry, Bored Spies, and she plays guitar in Obedient Wives Club (I […]


(via “Emotion, No” and Asia’s Emo Boom)

We can spend days arguing about whether or not we’re still in an emo revival (did good emo music ever go away?), but I’d rather talk about how emo has influenced bands outside of the United States, especially in the East where a lot of great emo bands are making an impact.

Qiii Snacks Records, one of my favorite Chinese indie labels, has released “Emotion, No,” an Asian emo compilation that features eight bands from eight different Asian cities. The songs are either “punky” or “nerdy” and the lineup features great bands I’ve never heard of before, except Chinese Football, who is already gaining a following in America. If you can’t cough up the $999 to buy this compilation, you can just play it on repeat while you seek out each of these bands individually.

Note: In the info section on the album’s Bandcamp, apparently emo came from Chicago – is that a reference to Cap’n Jazz?

“Thank you for picking this compilation up, may the noise be with you.”

“Emotion, No” tracklist:

Side A – Punky
1. “Who Cares, Really” – Forests [Singapore]
2. “City of Hercules” – falls [Tokyo]
3. “Kitchen Counter” – Offseason [Okinawa]
4. “Waterfall” – MORETHAN [Yokohama]

Side B – Nerdy
5. “Last Emo Boy” – Chinese Football [Wuhan]
6. “Bokchoy” – Sage of Time [Shenzhen]
7. “Wellspring” – Beeswax [Malang]
8. “Catharsis” – Emptybottles. [HongKong]

Only $999!   =D

Listen/purchase: My Wish Is Your Command Feat. Weish by Odradek & Sphaeras Feat. Weish

A mathrock-prog-metal summit on the joint release Sun Seeker by Brazil’s Odradek and Sphaeras from Singapore.    My Wish Is Your Command is a “Collaborations track featuring Fabiano & Caio of Odradek, Axel of Sphaeras and Weish of .Gif / Sub:Shaman.”

The entire album is quite insane, a must-listen for fans of math rock!  If I’m reading the credits correctly, Odradek have 3 songs (3 with vocals, one of which is in Engish), Sphaeras have 2 songs plus a collaboration with the Singapore band Two Seas.  The title track and My Wish Is Your Command feature Fabiano & Caio of Odradek and (bassist) Axel of Sphaeras.    

Weish is absolutely perfect for this crazy, haunting material. “one of the most insane collaborations i’ve ever done… recording vocals on a track that (literally) summoned the supernatural. still makes my hair stand listening to it…

The album comes out Monday, listen/purchase at bandcamp.


Just read that Linying is going to be at Summer Sonic in Tokyo next month, you can read a short interview with her over at BandwagonSG.

Her ep (Paris 12) is coming out in September.  The song Alpine may be one we have posted before, but I think it was taken down at some point.  – Anyway, it’s back up today, so take advantage and hear this glorious ethereal music while you can!   =D


p.s. Linying has a few things on her tumblr, including lyrics for Alpine and a couple of other songs.