Montreal-based seven-piece Japanese psych-rock band TEKE::TEKE have announced a highly anticipated North American tour, which includes the band’s first ever shows in the United States. Eager to share their near-mythic live energy that was channeled into their blistering debut album ‘Shirushi’—released earlier this year via Kill Rock Stars— the tour will kick off in January of 2022. The general sale for tickets is here.
To coincide with the announcement, they also shared a new video for Kala Kala, Shirushi’s lead single. Kala Kala, much like TEKE::TEKE, is an onomatopoeia. Here it’s the sound of ‘rattling’ or ‘clattering’. The lyrics, which vocalist Maya Kuroki wrote, explore the theme of identity, gender, and the ambiguity of it all through her wild signature poetry in Japanese. “Cluttering refers to the sound of masks changing fast, or a spinning wheel, or anything that moves in a kind of cycle. It’s just an image I had when thinking about identity and everybody’s quest for one, or quest for some kind of meaning as a living being,” guitarist Serge Nakauchi-Pelletier explains. “For yet another DIY video, we just wanted to go crazy with the visuals to match the energy of the music, using Maya’s colorful illustrations.” Watch the video clip for Kala Kala via YouTube below.
As demonstrated on singles like the ferocious Meikyu, otherworldly Yoru Ni, and fierce Barbara, each track on Shirushi plays out like a lost classic soundtrack with its own genre and storyline, even for those who may not have the benefit of the literal translation of Kuroki’s lyrics. The band incorporates traditional instruments, influences from ‘60’s/70s Japanese soundtracks, and the sentimental balladry of Japanese enka — yet ‘Shirushi’ manages to sound as if it comes from some distant future.
After initially forming as a tribute band for Japanese guitar legend Takeshi Terauchi, TEKE::TEKE learned that they had to tear up their surf-tinged covers and build something new. Since then, the band has expanded their already wide scope into a dazzling journey through classic Japanese balladry and Brazilian psychedelia alike. Fusing everything from traditional Japanese instrumentation to punk guitar, TEKE::TEKE have created their own musical universe — one that’s continuously expanding and demands to be seen in person.
Jan. 13 Ottawa, ON @ Club Saw
Jan. 14 Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theatre
Jan. 20 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Jan. 26 Winnipeg, MB @ Winterruption Festival – West End Cultural
Jan. 27 Regina, SK @ Winterruption Festival – Artesian
Jan. 28 Saskatoon, SK @ Winterruption Festival – Amigos
Jan. 29 Calgary, AB @ Big Winter Classic Festival – Broken City
Feb. 1 Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
Feb. 2 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Feb. 3 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Feb. 5 Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers (Free Show)
Feb. 9 Denton, TX @ University Union Lyceum (University of North Texas)