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: