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Vampillia

Vampillia from Japan describe themselves as a 10 piece "brutal orchestra" and turn classical into hardcore music. The three vocalists are backed by twin guitars and violins, a bass, a viola, a piano and a DJ.
Members include recording drummer Toyohito Yoshikawa (ex Boredoms) and Kazuhisa Chikada (World's End Girlfriend) as 2nd drummer. Their website can be found at http://www.vampillia.com.

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Sharkbait

Sharkbait (one word) was a San Francisco based industrial group active from 1986 to 1996. They were a true industrial band, in the vain of Einstürzende Neubauten, using multiple percussionists in their songs and live performances. Everything from Taiko drums, sheets of metal, oil drums, huge metal springs, and many other tribal percussion instruments were used. On top of the rythmic assault were layers of noise, distorted and manipulated instruments, tape loops, samples, and vocals by multiple singers (male and female).

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W

1)W (Double You) was a Japanese pop duo formed for Ai Kago (加護亜依) and Nozomi Tsuji (辻希美), graduated members of the group Morning Musume (モーニング娘。) when they graduated in 2004. They started off by covering older Japanese pop hits from as far back as the 50s. After their first cover album, they began to release original songs and eventually a second album. In early 2006, the group was put on hiatus due to Kago's involvement in an underage smoking scandal.

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スガシカオ

Suga Shikao (stage name: スガ シカオ Suga Shikao, real name: 菅 止戈男 Suga Shikao. born: July 28, 1966) is a musician and singer-songwriter from Tokyo. After graduating from Tokyo Keizai University, he worked as a "salaryman" for four years in the advertisement industry. Debuting with a major label EP album release in 1997, his J-Pop music has funk and soul influence, coupled with beautiful and moving lyrics.

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Kawabata Makoto

Kawabata Makoto (河端一) is the guitarist and leader of Acid Mothers Temple. Kawabata is chiefly famous for his leadership of Acid Mothers Temple and its variants; however, he has also played in many other bands since the start of his career in the late 1970s (Baroque Bordello, Mothers of Invasion, Floating Flower, etc), and has an extensive solo discography. In 2000, Kawabata wrote "Music, for me, is neither something that I create, nor a form of self-expression.

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GOCOO

GOCOO are seven female and four male drummers who capture their audience with original grooves woven with Japanese drums, Taikos. On stage the 11 musicians from Tokyo create with almost 40 drums a music-spectacle beyond imagination. Music-wise GOCOO are one of the most sophisticated percussion groups of the present. The cosmic beats and uniquely complex poly-rhythms are of such primal nature that they reflect all known music styles and consequently unite people of all ages, ethnic and social origins and of any taste in music.

Read more about GOCOO on Last.fm.

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Terminal Cheesecake

Terminal Cheesecake formed in North and East London in 1988 and was put together by Gary (Jah Geezer) Boniface (formerly of The Purple Things and The Vibes). The band was formed along with Russell Smith, Mick Parkin and John Jobbagy (drummer from the Vibes and Purple Things and leaving the band in late 1989) were the first band signed to the then fledgling Wiiija Records (which later went on to spawn Cornershop, Silverfish, Bis and many more listener-friendly indie-stalwarts).

Read more about Terminal Cheesecake on Last.fm.

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