Namba Hatch, Osaka
Formed in Yokohama, Japan, in 1996, Asian Kung Fu Generation released their first EP on a major label six years later in 2002. Influenced by western alternative-rock bands, their early songs were all in English but after signing with a major label they switched to their native Japanese.
In December of last year, the band released their 10th studio album Hometown, with a limited edition version including the EP Can’t Sleep.
Starting out as a university band of friends influenced by acts such as Weezer and Oasis with powerful and energetic guitar-driven tracks, the band has become one of Japan’s most successful rock acts. In recent years, they have also built a steady following in Europe and North and South America.
Asian Kung Fu Generation will be playing throughout Japan between March and July of this year.