You wanted the best - well, they weren't available...The Hottest band in the room...BIG IN JAPAN! Matt Miyagi, Scotty Sokko and Victor Lee are finally coming to the United States to conquer all the best nightclubs, corporate shows, festivals, and bar mitzvahs - after conquering the far east and their best nightclubs, corporate shows, festivals, and bar mitzvahs.
It's no secret that Japan has long been a bit of a joke when it comes to modern music. The phrase "BIG IN JAPAN" is often invoked to describe a band on the outs, one that has been put out to pasture, sent to play out its remaining days as an imported curiosity. But times have changed. Sure, there is still a limitless supply of the strange and the weird radiating out from the East, but lately their pop and rock scenes have exploded. While America may be a melting pot for humanity, Japan is the witch's brew of pop culture. Japan has a knack for assimilating new ideas and applying them into their own rich history. This is arguably best displayed in their music scene. On the surface, it may be easy to write them off as aping Western bands, with their artists settling for being the "Japanese Weezer," the "Japanese Black Eyed Peas" or the "Japanese OutKast." Obviously there will always be those bands that latch on to a sound without any understanding of how it's derived, but this is certainly not a phenomenon unique to Japan. The West often looks to Japan for the new and the now.
Becoming BIG IN JAPAN is now a mark of pride, proof that a band is ahead of the curve and much closer to the cutting edge. The broad acceptance of Japanese culture has also lead to a growing number of Japanese bands playing American clubs.
BIG IN JAPAN chose to invade Cleveland Ohio, the rock and roll capital of the world. Get ready, Cleveland, for the invasion that is BIG IN JAPAN!