As it says in the heafline up there, “The wait is over, Montreal-based seven-piece Japanese psych-rock band TEKE::TEKE are coming to our shores this May”, this is of course very good news, we have gone on about them before, you might not have been paying attention, we do go on about a lot of things, you should pay attention now though, you have been warned, you have until May. I suspect those venues are going to prove to be a little too small…
The press release….
The wait is over, Montreal-based seven-piece Japanese psych-rock band TEKE::TEKE are coming to our shores this May! Eager to share their near-mythic live energy that was channeled into their blistering debut album Shirushi released last May on Kill Rock Stars, to a tidal wave of praise from Mojo, Uncut, the Wire, The New Yorker, Consequence, Paste, Guitar World, BrooklynVegan, KCRW, SPIN, Under the Radar, The Quietus, Exclaim!, KUTX and more!
As demonstrated on lead single, Kala Kala, or the ferocious “Meikyu”, the otherworldly “Yoru Ni,”, and the fierce “Barbara,” – each track on Shirushi plays out like a lost classic soundtrack with its own genre and storyline, even for those who may not have the benefit of the literal translation of Maya Kuroki’s lyrics. The band incorporates traditional instruments, influences from ‘60’s/70s Japanese soundtracks, and the sentimental balladry of Japanese enka – yet Shirushi manages to sound as if it comes from some distant future.
After initially forming as a tribute band for Japanese guitar legend Takeshi Terauchi, TEKE::TEKE learned that they had to tear up their surf-tinged covers and build something new. Since then, the band has expanded their already wide scope into a dazzling journey through classic Japanese balladry and Brazilian psychedelia alike. Fusing everything from traditional Japanese instrumentation to punk guitar, TEKE::TEKE have created their own musical universe — one that’s continuously expanding and demands to be seen in person.
UK dates below:
Thursday 5th May, Wrexham – FOCUS Wales – Ticket link
Friday 6th May, Newcastle -The Head Of Steam – Ticket link
Saturday 7th May, Glasgow – The Rum Shack – Ticket link
Sunday 8th May, Manchester – The Castle Hotel
Monday 9th May, London – The Old Blue Last
Tuesday 10th May, Bristol – The Lanes
Thursday 12th May – Brighton – The Great Escape Festival
Friday 13th May – Brighton – The Great Escape Festival
The album is there on Bandcamp…