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Zillow Zollo’s A-Z of Music: A

18/08/2010

A is for abingdon boys school

So my uncle began posting an A-Z of noteworthy bands on his facebook page and no sooner did he get to letter B than I decided to steal the idea for myself. And in keeping with tradition, I can’t simply post a youtube link and leave it at that, so I might as well use the opportunity to populate my blog some more.

First up is abingdon boys school, a modern hard rock band from Japan led by pop vocalist T.M.Revolution (Takanori Nishikawa). This band, who always insists on having their name spelled out entirely in lower case letters, is the collaborative effort of T.M.Revolution and his support musicians working together as a band instead of a solo artist + back-up players. The result is a more grungy, post/alt rock amalgamation and T.M.R. gets to show off his aggressive vocal chops that we haven’t heard since his days with indie visual kei act Luis-Mary, all the while experimenting with a more frequent use of English lyrics. Guitarist Sunao also gets his chance to shine that amazing talent of his with some terrific solos throughout their catalog.

With a stylized school boy theme running throughout their albums, singles, and PVs (promotional videos), abingdon boys school have struck a popular chord with the Asian youth and are making waves across Europe. The U.S. is, as always, the last to jump on board but the band has announced they are planning more worldwide tours in the near future. I think they’d be a great addition to one of the major “radio rock” tours like Warped Tour or even to the Lollapalooza festival.

It’s hard to say who the band will appeal to in the Western market but I’d venture to guess that somewhere between Wolfmother and Mastodon, abingdon boys school will find their fanbase.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 23/08/2010 7:40 am

    Who is ‘Sunao Toshiyuki’? *kind of confused*

    • 24/08/2010 1:18 pm

      Ha! That was totally my mistake. Obviously I meant just Sunao and just wasn’t paying attention. You should know that ;-) Soooo sorry for the confusion :-)

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