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