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Dec 21, 2014 – If you follow our Instagram feed you know we have a hard time sticking to just bike stuff, but some of the more off-beat posts are the music updates of our Creative Director as he works his magic during the final lay-out of the magazine. Ranging from folky to ear-bleeding metal the notes that keep his creative muse happy are eclectic to say the least. During our ‘East’ themed issue in 2014 he discovered some Asian rock that has become classic ‘Dig’.
Formed in the 1960s, the Jacks was a Japanese psychedelic rock band. “Vacant World,” released in 1968, is a must-buy purchase. You will be transported to San Francisco on a mild fall afternoon, barefoot, hoola-hooping in Golden Gate Park, alone and talking to butterflies.
“We Could Be Together” was the theme song of many young lads who were into heavy metal in the 1980s (maybe we were). Formed in 1981, Loudness was one of the first Japanese metal bands to sign with a big label in the U.S. (the manager of Twisted Sister helped them out). The band is still at it and released “The Sun Will Rise Again” in June 2014.
Formed in 1977, this tireless Japanese heavy metal band had a 13-year hiatus before reforming in 2002. The band released its “Beast” EP in 2013 and is currently on the Bombard Attack 2014 tour.
Formed in 1989, this heavy-metal/punk band prided itself on being “shock rockers.” Its breakout year was 1998, when the band released its first album, sold out 62 shows in Japan and was top of the Japanese charts.
An all-female heavy metal/hard rock band, Show-Ya formed in 1982 and by 1987 was working with producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Rolling Stones). It made its U.S. debut at LA’s Roxy Theater in 1988. The band also promotes the all-women’s Naon no Yaon rock festival in Japan.