With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Friday, August 24, 2012

ACF 1601: Japanese all-girl power trio The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass announces multi-city U.S. tour


Bluesy-Punk Rock Power Trio Was A Hit At 2012 SXSW
And Embarks On “Return Of The King Zero” National Tour
Ahead Of Forthcoming U.S. Record Release

The bluesy, Japanese all-girl power trio, The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass, returns to take the U.S.A. by storm as they announce a new multi-city national tour kicking off today! Catch their songs and image at www.akabane-vulgars.com.

The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass 2012 U.S. Tour, “Return of the King Zero,” will take the band to 20 cities and formally kicks off on Saturday, August 25th with a performance at the 2012 J-Pop Summit Festival in San Francisco, following a warm-up gig the day before in Guala, CA at the Bones Roadhouse.

Date                                        City                             Venue
AUG 24, 2012             Gualala, CA                             Bones Roadhouse
AUG 25, 2012             San Francisco, CA                  J-POP Summit Festival
AUG 26, 2012             San Francisco, CA                  Red Devil Lounge
AUG 27, 2012             Sacramento, CA                      Blue Lamp
AUG 29, 2012             Los Osos, CA                         Sweet Springs Saloon
AUG 30, 2012             Santa Barbara, CA                  Whiskey Richards
AUG 31, 2012             Los Angeles, CA                     The Redwood
SEP 02, 2012               San Diego, CA                         The Ruby Room
SEP 04, 2012               Las Vegas, NV                       The Beauty Bar
SEP 05, 2012               Reno, NV                                 Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
SEP 08, 2012               Portland, OR                            Slabtown
SEP 15, 2012               Seattle, WA                             Slim’s Last Chance
SEP 18, 2012               Denver, CO                             Lion’s Lair
SEP 19, 2012               Lincoln, NE                              Zoo Bar
SEP 22, 2012               St. Paul, MN                             Wild Times
SEP 23, 2012               Chicago, IL                              (Private Party)
SEP 24, 2012               Chicago, IL                              Double Door
SEP 27, 2012               Detroit, MI                                Corktown Tavern
SEP 29, 2012               New York, NY                         Lit Lounge
OCT 01, 2012              Brooklyn, NY                           Trash Bar

The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass formed in 2005 and is composed of sisters Yumi Uchizono on guitar and vocals and Miki Uchizono on bass, along with drummer Kei Sofue. The band formed while the members were still in high school but the trio has gone on to enjoy a wide following in Japan with a unique brand of bluesy-rock vocals and soulful lyrics. The Akabane Vulgars is heavily influenced by Green Day, Joan Jett, The Beatles, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Japanese groups such as Blankey Jet City and Thee Michelle Gun Elephant.

The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass have released a self-produced CD, “The Rumps Smolder at the Gloom” as well as a 3-song EP, “We Need The Riot, Our Riot, Your Riot.” The band is preparing to record and release their full length debut on a U.S.-based record label later this year.

“We’re super excited to come back to America for this tour,” says singer Yumi Uchizono. “Each of us in the band has grown up steeped in American music and rock and roll, and it’s going to be so much fun to play for new audiences in these cities. We look forward to making as many new fans as we can!”

In 2011, The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass was a stand-out during the Tokyo Boot Up, a three-day, multi-venue music event that bills itself as Tokyo’s answer to SXSW or MIDEM. The band next made their way across the Pacific to take the stage at SXSW 2012 as a highlight of the Japan Nite Showcase in Austin. Returning home to Japan, The Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass quickly were invited back to the Tokyo Boot Up the following month. Now, with unfinished business in the United States, The Akabane Vulgars return to the U.S. for their most extensive tour yet. More information on the band and free web streams of select songs are available at: www.akabane-vulgars.com

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