The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass
Punk Rock Trio from Tokyo, Japan






      Kei Sofue   Yumi Uchizono  Miki Uchizono

Drums       Guitar/Vocals        Bass




The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass were formed in Tokyo in 2005.
Bassist Miki Uchizono came up with the idea and founded the band. Soon after, she discovered the right people for their lineup: Power drummer Kei Sofue, a classmate of hers, behind the kit and sister Yumi Uchizono on lead vocals and guitar. And from there it all began.
The band conducted hundreds of shows and several recordings by 2012.
Then, 3 self-released albums were launched. They soon experienced several tours with those albums. Their earnest attitude towards their live performances caused them to be hailed by many,“THE band of live performance!” More and more, many started to recognize and respect them
for their blend of rockabilly and psychobilly vibes. Others identified them as a garage rock band. The band commented on this, saying that the most important element in their sound and spirit comes from punk as they they
have many songs with lyrics denouncing things or people denying or oppressing human rights.
In 2012, The Vulgars took to the stage at SXSW which ultimately led them to retun for a nationwide US tour. Over 2 months, they went from Southern California to NYC. Additionally, they were invited to J culture J culture J cultureconference conference conference and the J-pop Summit Festival pop Summit Festival pop Summit Festival as the headliner. The band made a recording during this tour. In 2013, they returned again to the United States with 2 full-length albums. One was “Proclamation,”
showing their straight up punk attitude, and the other was their first live-recorded album,“Live in Brooklyn. Live in Brooklyn.”
Having many shows on the road, the band met multitudes of music writers.
In doing so, they have appeared in articles, sometimes alongside the legendary power pop rock band, Shone Knife. Additionally, in one review, they were seen as the emerging new generation of bands that are renewing interest into J-Rock and its growing domestic and global impact.






2 0 0 5 年 初 夏 、 内薗美貴(Bassist)により結成。高校のクラス メイトであった祖父江渓をドラマーに、姉の内薗有美をギターボー カルに、高校在学中に初のライブ。結成より半年ほどはカバーバ ンドとして活動するが、その後自身の楽曲制作へ移行、現在の活 動スタイルへと至る。 バンドは現在までに国内外合わせて多くのライブ、多くのツアー を経験。2006~2011年の間には、月に4,5本の頻度でライブを 行い、ライブバンドとしての自身の度量を追求する。この間、3 枚の自主制作音源を制作。(2007, 2009, 2011)

楽曲のテーマには多くの反差別、無関心•無知への糾弾、体 制の横暴などへ対する疑問を含むものが多い。結成当初より、 正直な状態でライブに臨みたいと考えることから、自分たち の関心のある事柄へとテーマが固まっていき、その方向性が ライブ経験とともに培われていく。

サス州オースティンにてSXSW2012ショーケース出演) その 半年後、2ヶ月に渡るツアーのため、再渡米を果たす。約30 公演、カルフォルニア~ニューヨークに及ぶ。この時点でバ ンド結成後最も長期のツアーとなったこのツアーでは、初の
海外レコーディング、J-pop Summit Festival(サンフランシ スコ)にヘッドライナーとしての出演、現地メディアの取材な どを経験し、音楽家として新たな挑戦を多く試みた。翌2013 夏にかけて、スタジオレコーディング、ライブレコーディング、 2枚のフルアルバムを完成。これらのアルバムを伴い、2013年6月より、2度目3ヶ月に渡る全米ツアーを行った。 (全約50公演。) 前年度からの精力的なツアー活動により、MTV IGGY、並びアメリカ各地の地元紙ににレビューが掲 載されるに至る。今年度2014年夏、3度目の出演になるJ-pop Summit Festival、イギリスにおいて開催される The Sunflower Festival(北アイルランド、ベルファスト)に出演予定である。また新音源の作製も計画中である。


”Sometimes they’re pegged as rockabilly, but they don’t employ an upright bass. And while guttural vocals and heavy guitar might make one assume they’re a hard-rock group, swinging melodies belie that descriptor.”

“American pop of the 1980’s featured mainly, male rockers from Gedi Lee to Prince singing in falsetto. Akabane Vulgars turned the tables and showed us feminine, female punchers emoting the devil inside.”

“This band is definitely worth seeing, if not only for the bragging rights of saying you saw them to friends five years from now.”
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