If you are a fan of both rock music and the eastern tunes of Japanese instruments like the Shamisen and the Koto, then the Wagakki Band (和楽器バンド) might well be worth checking out if you haven’t heard of them yet.
Since Japanese and English don’t mix well, it can be difficult for Western fans of Japanese music to find new songs to listen to. In fact, most Japanese get popular due to their usage in Intros and Endings for mainstream Anime.
But the Wagakki Band has fused two different genres to provide an incredibly fresh experience since early 2013.
Or do you know another rock band with a flute in it? Show me!
If this type of music doesn’t resonate with you, then that’s unfortunate. But for those who love rocking guitar riffs in a symbiosis with a Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute), this might be just it.
And singer Suzuhana Yuno can impress with an incredible voice. The band only attended two events in the US so far, Anime Expo 2015 in Los Angeles and the Japan Night in New York in 2019.
So chances are you have never heard of them before.
Since this article is really just a recommendation, it’s been rather short. So let me throw in one more band, this time it’s because they struck me as “odd”. Old men playing metal. Okay, that’s not really new and the usual men still have that badass appearance decades into their career.
But what I found really appears odd. Check them out.
And with that, I’ll end this article. I had them lurking in my head for years, but never really wondered how many people outside Japan really know them. Maybe they are up your alley, or you feel like trying out new things.
In either case, I hope you enjoyed this new discovery. I know it’s not for everybody. But this is not a billboard recommendation either.
Have a great day.