Shirt in the Jupon
Like Godzilla towering over Las Vegas in a Manchester United F.C. jacket demanding access to the high roller tables, Japan's Shirt in the Jupon shrieks forth from deep in the heart of Vegas with a blistering, joyous debut full of fuzzy hooks and propulsive rhythms. 'Tomoya Fukao, Southern Nevada's transplanted 27-year-old omni-soloist, and his project Shirt in the Jupon are by any measure completely non-Vegas. His spacey yet grindy riffs and up-tempo beats are akin to such Scandi-rockers as Dungen and Circle, though Fukao differs from his European cousins by sprinkling elements of J-rock, garage and experimentalism into his brilliant hybrid. Sure, at times it can get a little dizzying hearing all those influences come together in one swift song, but as the confusion fades, the results pay off for the listener, leaving music that will inspire you to rock out, nod your head, dance or just sit back and chill out. Shirt in the Jupon has created something entirely new, and for that he is not of this town.' --Aaron Thompson, LAS VEGAS WEEKLY.