TOQUIWA – J-Punk starlets sign to THE WEDDING PRESENT’s own label!

David Gedge has been around a bit, yeah? As the only ‘constant’ with Leeds indie heavyweights, THE WEDDING PRESENT, he’s travelled the world, shared stages with hundreds of other bands and watched / listened to probably thousands more. So he’s going to know a thing or two about music. You’re not really going to argue when he speaks about bands with potential.

But you may be surprised!

You see, Japanese three-piece, TOQUIWA are the first non-Wedding Present– related band to be signed to the group’s own Scopitones label. (This is a one-off move. Scopitones has no intention of opening up its roster to more bands.)

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised at how two disparate and seemingly polarised bands can find such affinity: in a recent interview with Bo Ningen vocalist Taigen, I discovered that they too had collaborated with a J-Pop band in their homeland – Denpagumi, in case anyone’s interested.

A review of TOQUIWA‘s album, which will be release on a Limited Edition CD run as well as digitally on 22nd October, will appear in the next week or so on LOUD HORIZON.  In the meantime, here’s an idea of what they’re all about together with a bit of background to the girls and how the association with Leeds’ finest was forged:

TOQUIWA, formerly Pinky Piglets, are a Tokyo three-piece who have already conquered their homeland having released a series of albums, came third in the 2008 global battle of the bands and have had their music featured as a TV series theme tune. Having played globally with Bad Religion and Guttermouth, David Gedge then saw them in their native Tokyo and was struck by the audience reaction and their musical ability. The band were quickly invited by David to play The Wedding Present’s ‘At The Edge Of The Sea’ and ‘At The Edge Of The Peaks’ festivals and performances together at SXSW.

“I’ve never seen audiences consistently react to a band as they do to TOQUIWA. I knew we had to work with them as soon as I saw them.”

TOQUIWA are set to support The Wedding Present on the UK and European dates listed below.

24/10 : Paris, F – Point Éphémère

26/10 : Bournemouth, UK – O2 Academy

27/10 : Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms

29/10 : Exeter, UK – Cavern

30/10 : Cardiff, UK – Gate Arts Centre

31/10 : Bristol, UK – O2 Academy

02/11 : Dublin, IRL – Button Factory

03/11 : Galway, IRL – Roisin Dubh

04/11 : Cork, IRL – Cyprus Avenue

06/11 : Carlisle, UK – Brickyard

07/11 : Edinburgh, UK – Liquid Room

08/11 : Liverpool, UK – O2 Academy

09/11 : Manchester, UK – Ritz

10/11 : Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy

12/11 : York, UK – Duchess

13/11 : Sheffield, UK – Leadmill

14/11 : Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

15/11 : Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy

16/11 : Norwich, UK – Waterfront

17/11 : Oxford, UK – O2 Academy

18/11 : Buckley, UK – Tivoli

20/11 : Leamington Spa, UK – Assembly

21/11 : Cambridge, UK – Junction

22/11 : Reading, UK – Sub 89

23/11 : London, UK – Koko

About Cee Tee Jackson

I run three blogs: 1) (my author blog.) 2) (my business / dog walking blog) 3) (my music blog .. infrequent posts) Guess what? I'm a dog walking, wannabee author that loves music.
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