A Japanese rock band releasing an album in the UK? (Gazette, Division)

Yes indeedy, with an oiran themed cover I might add.

JPU Records is a newly established record label based in the UK. Our first release, DIVISION by the GazettE is out now from iTunes (http://goo.gl/C66h5), Amazon MP3 (http://goo.gl/0jnHA) and available to pre-order on CD http://goo.gl/JLzYn

and a video:

Give some love to a new British company on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JPUrecords

J-Rock, Kimono and Shoxx

I recently bought my first Shoxx after being into Japanese Rock for a while. My husband pre-dates me musically with having loved some Jrock bands since the 90’s.

I loved Shoxx…however I feel that the Jrockers are far too worried about ‘looking shexy’ rather than looking just damn ‘ROCK M%^therF^&er’ which is the look/feel you get from native rock magazines. Western rockers look dishevelled, drunk and rather sweaty a good proportion of the time and Japanese rockers are barbie doll perfect in their rock image.

But hey, it does mean we get more men in kimono:

Is this Hizaki? Wonderful Oiran look whoever it is and a gorgeous obi.

Superb purple kimono-ness from this band, and that Jade green kimono! No idea who they are of course as I don’t look with my ears 🙂

And Kagrra, as it says on the image 🙂 – Bit messy guys, and who tied that FUKURO obi…showing the unpatterned part, how uncouth…or maybe ‘rock’ of them 🙂

These are all Angura Kei styled and there are more if you google.

I am hopeless with who bands are, when it comes to jrockers all I see is outfits and hair – faces blur into one. I am sorry if I am a bad fan girl, but I only care about the music and err….the KIMONO!