Shinjuku, Shibuya, or the other busy cities aren’t the only places where many aspiring bands build their career. Tachikawa BABEL, located in the outskirts of Tokyo, has supported the growth of many musicians and genres, and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Since they opened on August 31st, 2008, Tachikawa BABEL is open to any band of any kind of genre: pop, metal, progressive, anything you can name. Many bands from all over Japan, and sometimes even from outside Japan, come to play covers of their favorite bands or their own songs every night. You will usually see 5 or 6 of them perform each night, and an audience of about 100 people makes the place looks good. Yet, some of the more famous bands had much larger crowds, like when Akai Ko-en had the whole night for themselves and performed to 350 people, and Maximum The Hormone filling the place with 450 people, which is the largest crowd Tachikawa BABEL had so far.
Some of the bands based here and currently gaining popularity include militarysniperpinfall, ulma sound junction, and aikure. militarysniperpinfall is a four piece hardcore band, and has just released their 2nd studio album “tening”. ulma sound junction is one of the few four piece progressive metal bands in Japan. aikure is a three piece rock band with a female singer, and has attracted 200 people to their gig at Tachikawa BABEL when they released their first E.P.. Make sure you check out their music on their website and their YouTube channel, and go see them live!
There are many more bands growing their fan bases in live houses all over Japan. Check out our upcoming issues to see which live houses and bands to keep an eye on next!
Address: Daiichi Toushin Bldg. B1 1-3-18 Nishikicho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo
ulma sound junction: http://ulmasoundjunction.com/index.html
written by Mika Uchibori