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Pop / Rock 19/04/2005

Japunks Festival Kicks Off In Asbury Park on April 21st

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NEW YORK (The Japunks Festival/ www.japunks.com) - The Japunks Festival kicks off its 2005 series at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park on Thursday, April 21st. The show featuring many of Japan's top rock and roll exports will then hit the Khyber in Philadelphia on the 22nd and finish at CBGBs in New York City on the 23rd.

"Japunks is one of the most entertaining and exciting shows you'll ever see," said Gary Wien, publisher of Upstage Magazine. "Last year's show at the Saint in Asbury Park was regarded by many as the best show of the year."

Tickets for the opening night show in Asbury Park are just $10. Shows in Philadelphia and New York City are $12. The first 50 people at each show receive a special "goodie bag" of Japunks memorabila.

The festival's official website is at https://www.japunks.com. You can view photos from last year's show in Asbury Park at https://www.asburymusic.com/archives/japunks.html.

The Wonder Bar is located directly across from Asbury Park's legendary Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre � just one block away from the ocean. Asbury Park is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway (exit 102), State Routes 18 and 33, and NJ Transit (Jersey Coast Line).

About The Bands:

Peelander-Z
Action Comic Punk Rock from NYC!! You would realize what it means only when you finally get to one of their shows. Their eccentric stage performances had led them for several appearances on Comedy Central`s Upright Citizens Brigade in 1999. They were also headlined Art Frenzy, a major NYC art festival hi-lighting most artistic performers in the city. As they toured the U.S. a couple of times, they were exposed and applauded in almost every major city in the country. On their previous tour, they have played with major bands like Electric Six and The Detroit Cobras. Also they are regularly featured on CMJ Music Festival and SXSW Music Festival in the US. Their album, "P-Bone Steak" is nationally distributed from Swell Records of NYC, and their new album "Dancing Friendly was just released in 2005.

The Spunks
Kamikaze Rock'N Roll from NYC! Singing only about "sex", "drink", and "motor-rides", they put a hyper-energetic stage performance, having almost nonstop tour all over the US. Over the past few years, they have been exposed to medias and festivals: nomination as "One of The Best 18 Bands in NYC Underground Music Scene" by NYROCK in 2002, played on CMJ Music Marathan Asian Night NIGHT (2003), and featured on PBS Charlie Rose Show as a prime example of Japanese Underground rock band in NYC (2004). On their tour history, they have played with the names like Teen Idols, Guitar Wolf and Mad Capsule Markets of Japan. They have just released out their 3rd album, "Born To Be Mild" from 9 Byard Records. "Thrilles", "Stupidity", and "Loudness" Guaranteed!

Ed Woods
A space psychobilly from a rural part of Tokyko! With huge respect on a charismatic movie director Ed Wood, this odd looking 3-piece puts super-hyper stage performances wherever they can play. A lift up bass (with a naked player), manipulated drum sounds, spilled bloodstain all over the stage� their craziness never stops and often make them kicked out from clubs in Tokyo. On the other hand, however, they are also an underground charisma in Tokyo Indie scene: their own label Nitro Franken and the compilation Nitro Franken Series are one of the best selling Indie album in Japan. The latest 2nd series of compilation Nitro Franken Panic Reloaded features many of all time Japunks favorite bands like Blue-III, Peelander-Z, The Spunks, and Rocket Jack Vaders.

The Dudoos
Lyrics with their own created, mixture languages such as Japanese, German, Belgium, pounding on a poppy punk rock along with squeaking keyboards and recorders� The Dudoos brings you to totally an eccentric, new world of punk rock you have never heard. Their musical influences like The Dickies and The Queers can be modified to some music from Weezer of today, the other from Toy Dolls of a new wave age. The costume is strange, too: It is also their sense of humor, a creation, and a destruction of self-images against their poppy and cute sounds. The 1st album "Specium Sommer" is released out of Sound Pollution Records in the US.

Bleach03
Bleach03 is an initial explosive from an underground music scene in Okinawa, the southern island of Japan, into a major scene of the country� into the world! The band consists of three girls Kanna, Miya, and Sayuri, but you will not believe they are just girls when you encounter their sound, and when you witness them on the stage. Their heaviness, charisma, and musical talent were proven and brought a nation wide attention all over Japan, when they released the 1st album "Kibakuzai ~ Japanese translation of an initial explosive" from their own label Ripley. Since 2000, they started touring in the US and now regularly attended major festivals like SXSW held in Austin, TX, and Japan Night held all over major cities. In 2004, they appeared in Vans Warped Tour in Tokyko, soon after they signed with Highwave, a local record label in Okinawa. Now, you can find many of their music all over the world, such as Benten Record of Japan, EMI Japan, Highwave and Cherry Red of the UK. In March of 2005, their new album is released out from Australian Cattle God Records in TX.

DJ Mammouth & MC Eagle
"Manzai" is the one of Japanese traditional styles of comedy: 1-5 people play a trash talk about any issue in everyday life but like a fast, good storyteller. Choushinjuku is a 5-piece comedian, a leather outfit and greasy rockers, and a serious rock band. They brought a new sensation to Manzai world by combining a comedy and the taste of rock`n roll. Over the past few years, they have won and been awarded on hundreds of Japanese major Manzai contests and festivals. Now, two front men, Mommoth and Eagle of Choushinjuku bring another taste of comedy / rock`n roll to the USA by spinning a good-old rock`n roll music and placing some funny actions. Actually, these guys have totally impressed and shocked Gyuzo of the world-famous Tokyko Shock Boys. (https://www.choushinjuku.com/)






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