The wait is over, Montreal-based seven-piece Japanese psych-rock band Teke::Teke are kicking off their UK tour this week at Focus Wales. Eager to share their near-mythic live energy that was channelled into their blistering debut album Shirushi released last May on Kill Rock Stars, to a tidal wave of praise from us here and quite few other people in other places if you don’t want to take our word for it.
“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.
Thursday 5th May, Wrexham – FOCUS Wales
Friday 6th May, Newcastle -The Head Of Steam
Saturday 7th May, Glasgow – The Rum Shack
Sunday 8th May, Manchester – YES (Basement)
Monday 9th May, London – The Old Blue Last
Tuesday 10th May, Bristol – The Lanes
Thursday 12th May – Brighton – The Great Escape @ Patterns Downstairs (M for Montreal showcase) at 3.15pm and Latest Music Bar at 9.15pm
Friday 13th May – Brighton – The Great Escape – Jubilee Square – 3.00pm.