Next Music from Tokyo vol 13

Bands: MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS / Elephant Gym / paranoid void / otori / UlulU

Venues: Rivoli and Lee's Palace

Date: Oct 5 & 6, 2018

doors open: 8:00pm

show starts: 9:00pm

tickets: $19.99 (advance) $30 (door)

Advance tickets available are available online:

and at local record stores Soundscapes and Rotate This.

Next Music from Tokyo (NMFT) is an annual tour that introduces Canadians to the most creative and skilled bands from Japan's indie and underground music scenes. The tour began in 2010 and brings a different group of Japanese bands to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver each year.

MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS (MOTFD) will become the first band to make a third appearance on the NMFT tour. Formed in 2002 by three girls from Kobe, MOTFD perform a blend of post-punk that combines beautifully melancholic vocals with ferociously powerful instrumentation. The anomaly of such a huge, powerful sound coming from an all-female band drew them a large underground following and allowed them to become an important inspiration for bands such as tricot and paranoid void.

After a series of line-up changes including a five-year hiatus, founding bassist/vocalist and leader Natsuko Miyamoto remains the only female and original member. However, MOTFD sound better than ever and hot off the heels of their first album in eight years, these local legends are dying to perform a slew of new songs for their Canadian fans.

paranoid void is a female math rock band from Osaka. Inspired by MOTFD, paranoid void began by playing music that was loud, fast and heavy. However, the last three years have seen paranoid void delving into math rock with more challenging compositions involving odd time signatures and dextrous instrumentation. paranoid void represent the perfect storm of beauty, power, soul and technical skill.

Elephant Gym is a three-piece band specializing in smooth, highly melodic math rock with a positive vibe and clean instrumentation. Signed to Top Shelf Records, Elephant Gym kick off their very first world tour in Canada with NMFT 13. Their music is mellow and soulful and at times thrilling and intense, especially in a live setting. Fans of toe and This Town Needs Guns should fall in love with Elephant Gym in a heartbeat.

otori is a four-piece band with a truly unique style that incorporates no-wave, hardcore-punk, krautrock, and noise. In 2015, otori rocked Toronto with a legendary performance at the now defunct Soybomb and are back to perform new songs from their upcoming album.

UlulU is an all-female trio with a garage rock revival sound similar to The Strokes, Sloan and Artic Monkeys. Their music is soulful, bluesy, and unpretentious with occasional bursts of power.

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