The page features some of the punk, avante-garde all-girl hard-rock bands from Japan. It is part of a series: All-girl Rock Bands from Japan.
The following bands are still active with a few of them being around for a couple of decades already.
Doi (vocals, bass), Oumu (drums, vocals) Rina (guitar, vocals)
Suttoko Dokkoi (stylized as Su凸ko D凹koi) is a pop-punk band (the song in the above video is quite slow and tame in comparison to some of their other songs). The band was formed in 2010 when the band members met after taking an entrance exam for a music university. The band members don’t take themselves too seriously; the band’s name is an expression meaning ‘idiot’ and their songs and videos are often humorous. For example, the song MOMANAIDE focuses on large breasts and 元カノ地獄 is a punkified version of Offenbach’s Can Can melody. (official website: stdk.jimdo.com)
Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re (つしまみれ)
Original line-up: Mari (vocals, guitar), Mizue (drums, vocals), and Yayoi Tsushima (bass guitar, vocals)
Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re (TSMMR) are an indie band who play in…whatever style they want. They dabble in punk, post-punk, indie rock, indie pop, ska and a host of other genres. The band was formed in 1999 when the band members were attending college in Chiba. They are quite prolific, releasing 11 albums between 2004 an 2017 and recording well over a hundred songs.The band’s name is a kind of play on words.
‘Tsushimamire is a neologism coined by the band, not a real Japanese word. It is a combination of Tsushima (the family name of bassist Yayoi) with “Ma” (from guitarist/vocalist Mari Kono) and “Mi” (from original drummer Mizue Masuda). In addition, mamire means “mixed up” in Japanese: thus the effect is that of “Tsushima (Yayoi), Mari and Mizue all mixed together.’
In 2017, Mizue left the band and was replaced by Maiko Takagi.
(official website: tsushimamire.com)
Original lineup: Sachiko Fujiyama (drums), Yoshiko “Ronnie” Fujiyama (vocals, guitar), Rico (guitar), Yoshie (bass).
This long-serving retro rockabilly, surf-rock garage band from Tokyo is best known for appearing in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Here they are performing Woo Hoo at a bar in San Francisco. There have been a few lineup changes, but the founding members, sisters Sachiko and Yoshiko Fujiyama, have been with the band since they formed the band in 1986. The band is still active and released their latest single just a few days ago. (official website: www.the5678s.com)
Naoko (vocals, keyboards), Hisayo (bass & and programming)
The duo tokyo pinsalocks features Naoko and Hisayo. Their style is influenced by electronica, funk and psychedelic rock. They were originally a quartet, but their their guitarist, Tomocchi, left the band in 2006 and they later lost another band member in 2012, when Reiko (drums & programming) left due to health concerns. The band went on hiatus in 2014 when Naoko became pregnant and only recently became active again, releasing a mini-album early in 2019. http://www.tokyopinsalocks.com/
2.5 MESCALINE DRIVE
Core members: Hideko Itami (guitar), Yoko Utsumi (vocals)
MESCALINE DRIVE was a all-female garage rock band from Osaka active between 1984 and 1993. The band underwent numerous lineup changes with only guitarist Hideko Itami and vocalist Yoko Utsumi appearing in all incarnations. Itami went on to co-found the more widely known band Soul Flower Union.
Ryoko Naitoh (guitar, vocals), Chisato Ohtsubo (bass, vocals), Yurie Sakuma (drums, vocals)
Thug Murder were a short-lived punk band active between 1989 and 2001. They went for a traditional seventies-punk-rock style. The band toured with the Dropkick Murphys.