SXSW Showcase Artist Feature: DYGL

Continents will collide when buzzing Tokyo faves unleash their infectious brand of gloriously retro indie-rock at SXSW this year. Performing for the second time in SXSW, here’s why the Japanese highly acclaimed indie-rock band is not to be missed!

WHO IS DYGL?

DYGL, pronounced “day-glo”, is an indie-rock band from Tokyo, Japan. The band was formed in 2012 when Nobuki Akiyama (vocal & guitar), Kohei Kamoto (drums), Yotaro Kachi (bass), and Yosuke Shimonaka (guitar) were in Meiji Gakuin University.

The UK-based, Japanese lo-fi garage-rock band released EP #1 consisting of four songs in 2015 through audio cassette and the Internet by themselves, garnering attention around the world. Heavily influenced by The Strokes, Shame, and The Districts, their style and sound production draw inspiration from The Beatles, OASIS, and The View.

After combining all the factors influenced by the general indie-rock, including sound, style, and scale, the band completed and released their first EP Don’t Know Where It Is which include six songs in it in May 2016. Five years after their debut, the band released their first album Say Goodbye to Memory Den on April 19, 2017. All the songs in this album are produced by the solo artist/guitarist of The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jr., and the producer of The Strokes, Gus Oberg.

And it’s only going up from there. DYGL released a single produced by Rory Attwell, “Bad kicks”, which was recorded in UK in 2018. This particularly aggressive song “Bad Kicks” is filled with energy that continue to lead the band to the next level.

Gaining more than 1.2 million YouTube views and 70K Soundcloud plays, DYGL has recently completed a furious touring schedule around the world – performing in a total of 34 concerts in 32 cities including Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, China, Thailand and Taiwan. Do you know that the Tokyo-band also performed alongside Bjork, The XX and Lorde at Fuji Rock Festival?

MUSIC

The retro indie punk Japanese quartet released two new songs, “Bad Kicks” and “Hard to Love”, prior to their showcase at SXSW 2019. Following up to their 2017 debut album Say Goodbye to Memory Den, the new tracks were released digitally on 28th February 2019, and are produced by Test Icicles’ Rory Attwell (Palma Violets).

DYGL’s recent single “Come Together” features irresistible beats and punchy production, all reminiscent of dance floor heroes such as The Strokes, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys. Masterpieces such as “Let It Sway” and “Let It Out” are catchy with its striking drums, addictive riffs and sentimental vocals.

Their latest release, “A Paper Dream”, produced by Rory Attwell (Palma Violets, Yuck, Veronica Falls) was released recently on 6th March on Spotify, Apple Music and various streaming services. Conveying the fond memories of youthful music and dreams, “A Paper Dream” is nostalgic, cosy and familiar with dreamy percussions, sentimental vocals, a bop-y edge and classic rock bands’ sound influence. To top it off, the album jacket’s contemporary art concept is top notch! See it for yourself below.

Debut Song: “Don’t Know Where It Is”
Standout Hits: “Let It Out”, “Let It Sway”, “Waste of Time”, “Bad Kicks”
Latest Releases: “A Paper Dream”

“A Paper Dream” Album Jacket

ALL THE DETAILS

Rock and roll through Tokyo’s favourite indie-rock at this year’s SXSW music festival. We are sure the highly acclaimed band’s infectious energy and nostalgic hits will steal your heart.

DYGL will be playing at SXSW and will be at Hello Asia’s first official showcase happening at Australia House on Thursday 14th March from 8pm. Details of shows as follows:

  • Wed 13 March 5PM – Safehouse Session #102, Spokesman
  • Thu 14 March 1.45PM – Japan Preview Day Show, ElysiumThu 14
  • March 3.40PM – Levitation SXSW, Hotel Vegas
  • Thu 14 March 1AM – SXSW Offical Showcase by The AU Review / Hello Asia, Lucille
  • Fri 15 March 3PM – Side One Track One, Coopers
  • Sat 16 March 3PM – Music For Listeners, Lazarus Brewing Company
  • Sat 16 March 11PM – SXSW Offical Showcase, Beerland
  • Sun 17 March 2PM – Burgermania 8, Hotel Vegas x The Volstead

To learn more about SXSW, head to sxsw.com. To learn more about DYGL, check out their official website here or listen to their recent music here.

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