Did you miss Japan Nite this year? No worries: RokkuPanku has got you covered. We’re writing a series of introductions to the bands on the 2017 tour, so you can still find the freshest new artists on the circuit. First up: Walkings.
Walkings is a three-piece garage rock band that formed in 2012, playing the Rookie Stage at Fuji Rock Festival in 2015 and releasing a 7-track full-length album in 2016 (which you can buy on iTunes). Over the past three years, the band has released demos, live recordings, and covers on their SoundCloud and YouTube, but since the release of their self-titled debut they have been taking the stage in Japan and America alike.
The blues of Walkings are heavy – low guitar and bass buzz and hum through single “Muda” as well as “Saraba Ending,” a 96-second track in which Takada Fu’s falsetto verses off-set the crunch of his guitar. In “Flying fly,” Takanashi Takashi’s steady cymbal crashes paint a background for distorted screams and stuttering riffs. And Yoshida Hayato’s wry basslines in tracks like “Rock” feel like they’re winking at the audience. This is the kind of fun you’re gonna have if you see us play.
For updates on Walkings’ whereabouts, keep up with their social media below.