British DJ Guy Perryman (MBE) has got a brand new morning show on InterFM and we were invited to have a cup of cha and a chit chat with him last week. We talked about live performance, life in Japan, upcoming shows and our new album Spoiled and Nostalgic, which has just been released at record stores. He also very kindly gave There’s Something Wrong and Hummingbird a spin, and we were delighted to hear that he’s been getting requests for our music from his regular listeners. That is music to our ears! Have a listen for yourself:
We are super excited to be performing at The Great British Weekend at Roppongi Hills Arena on both Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December. The three day event kicks off on Friday 8th, but we’ll be performing two full band sets; one at 18:30 on Saturday 9th December, and the second the following afternoon at 16:30. There will be loads of great British brands, companies, food and music, and of course we feel very honoured to be providing some of it!
November 2017 has been an absolute belter of a month for The Watanabes, and we’re not even half way through it yet!
Right, well, where do I begin. Let’s start with Ramesh. Ramesh are a 4 piece indie band hailing from Texas who are currently touring Japan, and we were honoured to support them at their opening show at What The Dickens on November 10th. Ramesh are immensely talented, and top guys too. Their frontman, Ramesh Srivastava, was the lead singer of Voxtrot, who were extremely successful during the 2000s. Put it this way, they toured with The Artic Monkeys and their album received accolades from NME, Pitch Fork Media and Spin Magazine! We were honoured to share the stage with them and we are looking forward to doing so again on November 19th at the world famous Tokyo Tower! Nabes from 3pm. Ramesh from 5pm!
Our new 9 track album Spoiled and Nostalgic will be hitting the shelves of Tower Records on November 17th, and we’ll be celebrating big time at Shibuya Ruby Room on Friday 17th November. 2000 yen for a drink and a CD ain’t a bad deal, especially when Kate Beck, Robert Taira Wilson, MANA and Flavio Jerome are playing! It’s gonna be a great night and we will be capturing it for prosperity in the form of a new PV for There’s Something Wrong. 楽しみに！Talented Australian videographer Matt De Sousa will be shooting for us as we struff our stuff in some intriguing outfits!
The weekend adventures continue on Saturday when we’ll be performing at Ba-Atsu Gallery in Omotesando for The Bridge Street Market: A British Christmas celebration put together by our good friend InterFM DJ Guy Perryman (MBE). We’ll pulling out our guitars for a sing song around 5pm and then enjoying an acoustic set by Ramesh at 6pm.
As a result of our new release, we have enjoyed a lot of welcome attention recently in the form of a review and podcast interview in Tokyo’s number one English speaking magazine, Metropolis (above), as well as a three page interview with Japanese indie label and music site, Musipl (below). We’d like to say a big thank to Taryn Siegel at Metropolis for making this possible, and for such a generous and affectionate review, as well as a deep bow of gratitude to Ohshima San at Musipl, for helping us to distribute our CDs in record stores nationwide! Check out the reviews and interviews by clicking the pictures:
We were incredibly fortunate to be invited to take part in BBC Introducing’s 10th Anniversary celebrations. BBC Radio Norfolk have always been extremely generous and supportive of our musical adventures over the years: Eight years ago we sent them a copy of our debut album, and it was the start of a beautiful relationship. They began by writing about our adventures in Japan, and have since aired loads of our tracks, interviewed us countless times, and made Hummingbird ‘Track of the Week’ in September. They even helped us to gain national airplay through BBC Radio 6. Perhaps though, our latest adventure together was the most enjoyable yet!
Long time BBC Introducing DJ Sophie Little visited our family home in Norfolk to meet our parents and see where we grew up. She sat down for a cupper with mum and dad, and heard about our earliest musical endeavors; village fete gigs, and hilariously bad reviews! We then surprised our parents live on air from Tokyo, and performed Over Romantic live for Chrissie Jackson’s Mid Morning Show – who just so happens to be our favorite childhood DJ! It was perfect.
In addition to all this Beeb attention, the same live track was also aired on the BBC Introducing in Norfolk show on Sunday! That’s a whole lotta love! 🙂
We’d like to say a massive thank you to Gary Standley and all of the lovely people at BBC Introducing in Norfolk for setting it up, and another big thank you to Sophie for being so lovely about us on air. You can listen to the action for a limited time on the BBC iPlayer. If you’ve already missed it, we’ve documented everything in the YouTube video above.
Live Performance and Interview: Chrissie Jackson Mid Morning Show (1:48)
Interview with parents: BBC Introducing in Norfolk 10th Annniversary Show (26:40)
Airplay: BBC Introducing in Norfolk with Amy Nomvula and Sam Day (25:00)
We are very excited to announce that we have teamed up with Japanese indie record label Kira Kira Records and their sister site Music Plus, and we will be releasing a full album at major record stores across Japan this coming November. Friday 17th November to be exact! The album is a combination of two EPs; Spoiled & Nostalgic, and Draw What You Like, both of which we have already released independently online. Sadly, if you’re reading this blog before the release,, you’ve probably heard this collection of songs before, but it’s exciting for us to be joining forces with a label that has many successful bands on its roster, and we hope that this official release will help us to reach new listeners.
To celebrate the release, we will be organizing a small release party at Shibuya Ruby Room on the Friday 17th November, and we have also decided to make a new PV for one of the livelier tracks on the record; There’s Something Wrong. We’ll be working alongside Australian cinematographer Matt De Sousa. Matt has produced a lot of great music videos in the past, and we are excited to be collaborating with him.