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!

So who do kimono girls dream of?

Guys in kimono of course. What? Tom Cruise said it looked like a dress in the last samurai? How uncouth Tommy boy.

It might be my alternative persuasions but guys in kimono just look good. I have tried (and failed) to make my husband wear kimono even though as Miyavi shows us, you can be a rock star and wear kimono. All guys want to be rocks stars right?

How about visual kei band ‘The Gazette’ seen rocking a more traditional look. OK, some of them look as though the wearing of kimono brings back hideous memories of their mother dressing them up for grandma on New Years day but hey…the guy on the far left looks relaxed about it.

Gackt is always hamming up the kimono look, and has his own kimono project! We love you Gackt, but possibly your kimono more….hmm, sorry yes – given the choice I would choose this kimono over your rock star self! (Gomennasai)

Unfortunately over this side of the water we only get guys in kimono on sleezy porn sites in tacky fake kimono (just Google men in kimono..ick), and even in the martial arts circles it is hard to find a guy looking and dressing decent in kimono. As a player of the jiu jitsu game, dan grades in hakama always look better, but cute is never how I would describe them. More authoritative and mostly sweaty.

So on that note, I will leave you with one wish. Dress your men in kimono!

*where is your juban Mr far right…you naughty naughty thing!