Japanese Alt-Rock Trio TRICOT Reveal ‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’ Video
Official Soundtrack To Amazon Prime Series Tokyo Vampire HotelReleased June 16 (JST)
Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/VNZaNqz8fok
New Album 3 Out Now via Big Scary Monsters
Japanese alternative-rock band Tricot have revealed a performance video for their track ‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’.
The song is the official soundtrack for the brand new Amazon Prime series Tokyo Vampire Hotel which is released on June 16th 2017, and the latest to be taken from their new album 3 out now on Big Scary Monsters (UK), Topshelf Records (US) and Bakuretsu Records (JP).
The new video was directed by Mani Kato, who also directed ‘Melon Soda’, and was a deliberate step in a new direction, as the band explain: “We made a rhythmic, CGI-style video for ‘DeDeDe’ and a video shot in reverse for ‘Melon Soda’, but we wanted to focus on our live performance this time, so we eliminated all of the gimmicks and just played.”
Created by Sion Sono, the provocative Japanese auteur responsible for such controversial, must-see films as “Love Exposure” and “Tokyo Tribe”, the show will consist of nine episodes, all of which will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Japan beginning June 16, with a worldwide release TBC.
Telling the tried-and-tested story of humanity fighting for its very survival against the mythical bloodsuckers, Sono commented on the news in an official statement: “I had wanted to make an original vampire movie for a long time,” he said. “I approached it as if making a movie. I am proud to say we’ve produced something that has never been done before either as TV drama or feature film.”
The band will appear at ArcTanGent Festival 2017 and have announced a run of UK tour dates as part of a full European tour later this year.
Tricot 2017 UK live dates:
18.08.17 Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
19.08.17 Bristol, UK – ArcTangent Festival
21.08.17 Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
22.08.17 Leicester, UK – Firebug
25.08.17 London, UK – Bush Hall
27.08.17 Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin
29.08.17 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
30.08.17 Leeds, UK – Headrow House
01.09.17 Southampton, UK – Joiners
Formed in the historical and culturally rich city of Kyoto, Japan in 2010, the three-piece have gained a steadily-growing following with their high-energy live shows throughout Asia, Europe and North America over the past few years, recently supporting The Pixies in the UK. In March 2016 their third tour of Europe took in 21 shows across 12 countries on a schedule jammed with sold-out dates.
Singing in their native Japanese and utilising unpredictable song transitions, melodic post-rock-inspired sounds and jazz-influenced instrumental breaks, they’re an enticing prospect for avant-garde music fans and are renowned for their vibrant and intense live performances.
They’ve drawn on a wide variety of rock scenes, from slow-burning American post-rock to bustling Fukuoka’s frantic indie-rock, to create guitar-centric songs that constantly pivot in new directions, and their first two full-length albums, 2013’s T H E and 2015’s A N D, crashed into their home nation’s music charts.
With their current line-up featuring founding members Ikkyu Nakajima (vocals / guitar), Motoko “Motifour” Kida (guitar / backing vocals), and Hiromi “Hirohiro” Sagane (bass / backing vocals), Tricot’s unusual and distinctive sound harmonizes pop sensibilities and emotional vocals with complex rhythms and time-signatures that fans of Battles, Speedy Ortiz and Don Caballero should fall instantly in love with.