I’ve been attending local live shows since I was 15, so I’ve seen bands of all calibres over the years. Though I find it hard to recall seeing a band as talented as “Outside Dandy” on an independent level.
I found “Outside Dandy” on YouTube after watching videos of “Sugar’n’Spice” (See them by clicking here) when their live video was pushed in my face as “recommended to watch”, and I’m glad it was. I’m a big fan of rock music, and I’m a sucker for a killer riff. This is why their song “Stripper” grabbed my attention…
Outside Dandy – ストリッパー (Shibuya O-Crest 11/04/14)
Their sound is phenomenal. I was fortunate to see them live twice while in Japan, and on both occasions they stole the show with their balls to the wall rock. Not only are they a ridiculously tight unit, but they are all incredible musicians who clearly give their all to their craft.
The band consists of Tatsurow (Vocals & Guitar), Yuma (Bass), Sho (Guitar), Ryuta (Drums) and are some of the coolest guys I’ve met in Japan. I contacted the band via Twitter to let them know I would be attending their live show in Shibuya at the Chelsea Hotel at the end of March. After the show, we were able to hang out and talk about music (using my limited Japanese language proficiency)
Myself & Outside Dandy @ Chelsea Hotel 30/03/14
Signed copy of their latest mini-album “BIRTH”
We then encountered one another at other live shows in Shibuya! So not only do they dedicate their time to their own work, but they’re supportive of other local musicians which is a fantastic quality to have…
Shibuya O-Crest 11/04/14 (Photo by せきねしずか)
Shibuya EGGMAN 01/04/14
They were excited to have gained fans from the UK, which is one of the main reasons I started this blog in the first place; to connect our two countries. So I hope you will check them out. Hopefully one day they will be able to visit the UK as some venues have started to put on “Japanese nights” for unsigned acts.
If you’d like to hear more from Outside Dandy, please check out the following links: