In 2005, bassist Miki Uchizono began seeking members for her band. The search for a great power drummer began and ended with her high school classmate, Kei Sofue. The only missing piece was a singer-guitarist that could match the explosive rhythm section. As fate would have it, Miki’s sisterYumi Uchizono would complete the band with her bluesy rock guitar and soulful, compelling vocals.
Originally performing works by the wide ranging artists that inspired them such as The Beatles, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant and Green Day, the band wanted to add to their explosive rhythms, subjects that would connect to their audience both sonically and lyrically. Singer/Guitarist Yumi began to pen the lyrics that would allow her to reach deep and emotionally match her vocals to the band’s driving, bluesy, guitar rock.
In 2011, the band was a stand out during the Tokyo Boot Up, Tokyo’s answer SXSW, a goal they reached shortly thereafter at SXSW 2012. Returning home, The Akabane Vulgars were again invited to the Tokyo Boot Up the following month. Still, with unfinished business in the United States, the band embarked upon a 30 date U.S. Tour coinciding with the worldwide release of their first CD including a showcase at San Francisco’s J-POP SUMMIT and headlining the event’s afterparty. With 12,000 miles on the road between California, New York and points in between; the band also entered the studio to record their latest studio CD “Proclamation” which was part of a double release that included “Live in Brooklyn.” The band remain busy returning to the U.S. and looking toward Europe.
“[The] Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass have got hold of that rock ‘n’ roll torch and they are waving it around in threatening manner. “–MTViggy
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