Nagoya-based New-Wave band Budo Grape has released 2 new digital singles on iTunes this month, their first new material since 2014’s full-length album Amsterdam.
With quirky vocals (Quminco), sharp keyboards (Naho), lean bass (Matsui) and drums (Taichi), and punk-inspired guitar from band leader Nagai, Budo Grape has won many fans abroad since their overseas debut at A-Kon in Dallas, Texas, in 2008 and subsequent tours of the UK.
IS THE WORLD READY FOR THIS KIND OF EXCITEMENT ?!?
The upbeat “4-3-2-1 Hi o Tukero” and dark, trippy “Zankoku Na Yasashisa” are available at iTunes now.
Zankoku Na Yasashisa – Single
4321Hi Wo Tukero – Single
Vocals, Guitar: Nagai÷Grape
Vocals, Bass: Matsui÷Grape
Keyboards: 74÷Grape (Naho÷Grape)
Budo÷Grape is a catchy, high energy avant-garde pop band from Nagoya, Japan. With a style often compared to the B-52′s, the band is fronted by model and radio personality Quminco and Nagoya music legend Nagai of the “Shockers”.
Formed in 2001, Budo÷Grape released their first full album Koibito wa Koishite Tsukuru in 2005. The album was a hit in the Japanese underground scene and was followed up with the 2006 release Soko kara Detekinasai and 2007′s Otonatachi x Kodomotachi.
In 2008, Budo÷Grape released their fourth album Aimore and performed their first American tour, with appearances in Dallas, TX (A-Kon), San Antonio, TX (Slim’s Burger Joint), and New York (Knitting Factory). Inspired by their overseas fans, they returned to the studio that same year to release the EP Five Hits and Dust.
2009′s Himitsu Gallery would be the band’s final recording for three years as each member worked on various side projects, including a Shockers reunion. The band reunited for the 2012 album Kare no Namae wo Omoidasenai, and performed their first UK Tour in October 2012.
After a return to the UK in 2013, Budo Grape released their 6th full-length album Amsterdam in 2014, followed by two digital singles “”4-3-2-1 Hi o Tukero” and “Zankoku Na Yasashisa” in 2015.
The band, whose members all have “Grape” for a last name, claim to come from “Neo-Nagoya.” They continue to tour Japan with their crazy live show and catchy songs.