Four Minutes Til Midnight

Japan Nite! - Early Show

Four Minutes Til Midnight

Josy, Jake Stone Garage, Pirates Canoe

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 5:50 pm


This event is 21 and over

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Four Minutes Til Midnight
Four Minutes Til Midnight
Four Minutes Til Midnight is a unique funk/rock group comprised of members from Japan (Kenta Hayashi-guitar, Yusuke Ikegaya-bass) and the U.S.(Eli Taylor-vocals). The band was formed in Hollywood in 2005 when Kenta Hayashi and Eli Taylor met at Musician’s Institute in L.A. Their common passion for music overriding the language barrier that separated them, the two quickly became close friends communicating through the universal language of sound. By 2009 the band had put out two self produced albums (“Oak Tree”-2006 and “Find My Way”-2009) and toured extensively throughout California, Arizona, Texas and Japan to promote the records. By the end of 2011 both albums had sold over 20,000 copies in the U.S. and Japan, as well as the bands first single “Cold Lonely Train” reaching the top of the Japanese radio chart “Usen”. After having accomplished this amount of international success in dependently the band began to attract attention from larger labels. In 2012 FMTM was selected to cover the song “Lounge Act” by “Nirvana” for a “Nevermind Tribute” album released by Universal music Japan; the album featured other famous Japanese artists such as: “ONE OK ROCK”, “10FEET”, and “9mm Parabellum Bullet”. After the release of the “Nevermind Tribute” album, FMTM was signed to Universal music Japan and released their first major debut self titled album on May 16th 2012. The band is currently in the process of writing/recording a follow up album due out November 2014 and will be set to tour for most of the year.
Cumi and Mami, vocals and keyboard, have been playing together before, and one drowsy night in 2010, they played a gig in the Livehouse in Shinjuku, where Non, the Bass girl, was working. She was to start a band with Nanohana, the drummer. Several whiskies later, the two girl bands became one: Josy. The name reflect our conviction, that despite societies pressure, you should stay in that childlike mindset for as long as your can, even though your body matures.

We don’t care about genres, we play how and what we like, our roots are nowhere and everywhere at the same time. Sometimes we feel like reenacting “the old times” of oldies or blues, sometimes we like it psychedelic aggressive performances, and the we may go back to voluminous Rock sounds. We wanna uplift the audience, let them fly, invigorate them, drag them through a dream world and let them feel, they are one with the universe.

We have played all over Japan, in Osaka, Kobe, Sendai, Fukushima, but our home turf is Tokyo. We have played in the United States, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas (JAPAN Nite US Tour 2011). Currently we are playing our second US Tour and a Tour in Europe.
Jake Stone Garage
Jake Stone Garage

Pirates Canoe
Pirates Canoe
Pirates Canoe is a sometimes 6-piece, sometimes trio band who began performing together in the summer of 2009 in the Kansai area of Japan. Although the members come from all sorts of genres (bluegrass, folk, Irish, jam, soul, rock, etc.), the band focuses on Americana and roots-based music.

But they aren't afraid to have fun with different sounds!
All songs are original, yet sound like they could have been around for a while, managing to create a traditional but fresh sound.
They currently tour across Japan and are planning to take on the international market some time soon.

Apart from the many performances they are invited to, Pirates Canoe hosts a monthly shows in Coffee House Jittoku, Japan's oldest and most respected live house. This monthly show, coined "Pirates Canoe's Hyokkori Party," features the full band sound, but the three girls also play as a trio at other events and venues for a more acoustic and intimate sound.
Within Japan they have opened for acts such as Tim Easton, David Bromberg, and "Last Show," a legendary folk/bluegrass band in Japan.

2012 saw them featured in Shiseido Tsubaki's smartphone app as well as the national NHK radio show "Lovely Music of the World," hosted by the Japanese world music guitar duo, "Gontiti."

In December 2012 the band started their own record label, "On the Corner Records," and now look forward to carrying out the many fun ideas they have.
Venue Information:
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622