Rock and Roll in Shimokitazawa

Rock and roll in Shimokitazawa

After two years of canceled events, we all surely miss going to live shows. You can then just imagine how excited I was to finally be able to enjoy an evening of rock and roll in trendy Shimokitazawa!

For the past year, More Than Music has been organizing live music events with two goals in mind: to bridge the gap between foreign and Japanese music lovers and to shine a light on the underground music scene in Tokyo (and all over Japan). Although they dabble in every genre, their rock and roll events seem to be particularly popular.

The Event

The line-up for the most recent Rockin’ ろくでもナイトRo kude mo naito (which can be roughly translated as rock night) featured 4 bands:

  1. 弱虫倶楽部 [Yowamushi Club]
  2. nowheres
  3. Ray? oh…Needa!!
  4. Low Blood Sugar.

Each and every one of these bands is absolutely worth checking out if you’re a rock music fan.

The poster for the event

The poster for the event

Low Blood Sugar

Low Blood Sugar, all the way from Kobe, opened their first-ever live performance with a cover of With or Without You by U2, before launching into their own original material. Although they are a young band, they are worth keeping an eye open for. You can check them out on SoundCloud and Instagram.

Low Blood Sugar performing in Shimokitazawa on December 4th, 2021

Photo credit: Wahei Nakamura

Ray? oh…Needa!

Next up, the energetic Ray? oh…Needa! Got the crowd dancing with some good old-fashioned rock and roll. They have been a staple of the Tokyo underground rock scene for a while now and are a lot of fun to see live. Check them out on Instagram and check their music out here.

Ray? oh...Needa! performing in Shimokitazawa on December 4th, 2021

Photo credit: Wahei Nakamura

nowheres

Emotive post-punk duo nowheres captivated the crowd next with a set that could perhaps best be described as gothic rock. If you’re a fan of good, old-fashioned post-punk you should definitely check them out. They have also recently released a new EP! You can listen to them here and follow them on Instagram.

nowheres performing in Shimokitazawa on December 4th, 2021

Photo credit: Wahei Nakamura

Yowamushi Club 弱虫倶楽部

Yowamushi club closed out the evening with a fun set of their dreamy, whimsical music. They have been making waves in the Tokyo underground with their unique blend of shoegaze, pop, and rock for about 4 years now. You can find out more about them and their music on their official website.

Yowamushi Club performing in Shimokitazawa on December 4th, 2021

Photo credit: Wahei Nakamura

For future events like this one, keep an eye on More Than Music’s website and be sure to support your local rock stars!

For more things to do in Tokyo, check out these articles about tattoo-friendly onsens and things to do in Harajuku’s cat street