They will soon be touring the UK to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, but to show what music fans can expect from the Tokyo-based punk-pop band Vaiwatt, the duo has posted two videos online with live footage of their performance at Berlin Party at the Ruby Room Shibuya. This live show took place in early May, and in these videos, you can see how they make a party of it and how the audience reacts to it.
Vaiwatt’s band sound is focused on combining Japanese pop with Western rock, which they describe as combining the power of the positive smile of pop-punk music with the strength of mainly 90s rock from a future perspective that defeats modern anxiety with a cynical sense of humour.
In the first video, the songs Reverse Apple and WALK are performed, while in the second video there are three, namely Czech Ringo, Nande son na VACANT?, and Bomb POGO!
Recently, the duo, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Ken and bassist and vocalist Tama, posted a new music video online for the brand-new song なんでそんなVACANT? (Nande son na VACANT?), which was recorded at Club Dorothy. This song can soon be heard on Vaiwatt’s very first cassette release, LOVE MISSILE, it is also the first release in four years for the band.
The cassette tape is to mark Vaiwatt’s upcoming tour of the UK and will be released via Unus Mundus. LOVE MISSILE features eight tracks chosen by the duo, including Reverse Apple, where they go back to the 90s, Bomb POGO!, a cover of Plastic Bertrand’s club hit Ca Plane Pour Moi with Vaiwatt’s own twist in the chorus, and BABEL BABEL a cyber grunge song where Ken manages to scream the word boring in seven languages.
The UK tour will take place in July with shows in Birmingham, Whitchurch and London. More information about the tour can be found here.