Sat 03 Dec 2011, 5 – 11 pm
National Exhibition Centre
On December 3rd the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam and CAMA present Go!Go!Japan! The innovative event is set to bring the best in cutting-edge Japanese and Vietnamese talents together to rock Hanoi this December. To promote the rejuvenation of Japan in the aftermath of the 3.11 disaster and celebrate the on-going solidarity between Vietnam and Japan, the event will feature three of Japan’s hottest rock acts. Present will be two of the most talked-about acts on the Tokyo scene, Molice and Okamoto’s who both drew rave reviews in the local and international press following live appearances in Hanoi at the annual CAMA Festival in 2010 and 2011. They will hit the stage alongside nomadic Japanese rockers, Electric Eel Shock and the stars of the young and dynamic Vietnamese rock world, Ngu Cung and Rosewood at the National Exhibition Centre, Giang Vo St., Hanoi.
Psychedelic garage rock sensation The Okamoto’s are Japan’s fastest rising stars. Young, dynamic and talented, the band has forged a name for themselves over the last 3 years based on their intense stage shows and brash, raw sound. With a front man who commands the stage like Mick Jagger, a baby faced drummer with more energy than Keith Moon, a guitarist who looks like he fell out of the Ramones and a mustachioed, mercurially talented bassist, the band seem genetically modified to play live. The group of 20 year olds have already played more live shows than most people will ever go to, an astonishing 100 in 2009 alone, and have earned an enviable tightness and reputation for their labours. They’ve already begun to make a big name for themselves internationally, touring the US, Australia and Hong Kong to rave reviews from fans and media alike. They stole the show at the CAMA Festival 2011 and we’re proud to have them back showcasing their latest album, Yokubo (Desire), released through Sony Japan in September this year.
Electric Eel Shock (Japan)
Formed in Tokyo in the late 90s, Electric Eel Shock have spent over a decade in near constant touring playing every festival and city you’ve ever heard of across Europe and America. Primarily influenced by Black Sabbath and, you suspect, more than one viewing of Spinal Tap, EES have a strong indie work ethic. They collectively sold everything they owned to tour the states, raised more than $50,000 using online resource Sellaband to release an album, set up their own label and even offered their fans the opportunity to become one of the “100 Samurai” to gain guest list for life status. When he’s not moonlighting as a professional angler and fishing journalist, frontman Aki Morimoto is crafting danceable rock tunes so catchy they won the Best Music Act of the Year at the NEO Music Awards and caused Kerrang to muse: “Mixing dark fuzzy stoner rock riffs with classic rock sensibilities and addictive song-writing hooks, EES occupy the gaping void somewhere between Queens Of The Stone Age, AC/DC and Black Sabbath.”
A staple of the Tokyo club scene, Molice have been plying their trade since 2007. Influenced by everything from Bladerunner to Manga to The Catcher in the Rye, their first 2 albums introduced cracking floor fillers like Headphone and Romancer and featured a choppy angular sound akin to Talking Heads or Franz Ferdinand. Now on their 3rd album, atmospheric instrumentals leading to racy chorus’s hint Molice are moving on to a more post-rock aesthetic reminiscent of New York’s Interpol. Cat-suit wearing frontwoman Rinko made Molice a host of new fans when they rocked the CAMA Festival in 2010 so we’re glad to see them back with a new bassist, a new sound yet the same attitude they showed us first time round.
Ngu Cung (Vietnam)
Ngu Cung (or Pentatonic) is a quintet from Hanoi hailed as one of the most technically impressive bands in Vietnam for their pick of progressive rock/metal with strong cultural & traditional flavors. Founded only a short time before the Tiger Translate contest in late 2007, they eventually won the prize for Best Band and were chosen to support My Chemical Romance on their first appearance in Vietnam. Known for expressing Vietnamese identity and culture through their music as much as their passionate and theatrical stage performances, Ngu Cung know how to please a crowd. The band consists of Do Hoang Hiep (Vocalist), Tran Thang (lead guitarist), Hoang Hai Bang (bassist), Nguyen Huu Vuong (keyboardist) and Truong Van Chinh (drummer).
Rising from the ashes of local rock/numetal bands Buratinox and SmallFire, Hanoi alternative rockers Rosewood have gone on to become one of Vietnam’s leading live acts. Building a reputation for stirring sing-alongs and power ballads, Vũ Hà (lead guitar), Nam Thắng (bass), Trung Kiên (drum) and Vũ Nhật Linh (vocals, guitar) have won fans around the nation with their performances at rock showcases including Rockstorm, Tiger Translate Metropolis and the CAMA Festival.
Ticket prices: 60,000 VND (advance), 80,000 VND (at the gate)
Advance tickets available from Fri 18 Nov.
Japan Foundation @ 27 Quang Trung
Highway4 Restaurants @ 3 Hàng Tre; 25 Bát Sứ; 31 Xuân Diệu; 54 Mai Hắc Đế; 575 Kim Mã
Al Fresco’s Restaurants @ 19 Nhà Thơ; 23L Hai Bà Trưng; 98 Xuân Diệu; 108 K1 Láng Hạ
Pepperoni’s Restaurants @ 13 Huỳnh Thức Kháng; 15 Nguyễn Du; 24 Nguyễn Chí Thanh; 37 Trần Đặng Ninh
Polygon Musik @ 67A Núi Trúc
Holyland Café @ 105 D7, Ngõ 4Đ, Đặng Văn Ngữ
For more info on the festival, the artists and the cause, visitwww.camavietnam.org or contact:
Mr. Dan Dockery
Tel: 0913 524 658
Ms. Nguyen Ha Nguyen
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
Tel: 0168 741 6886
National Exhibition Centre
Giang Vo St., Hanoi