girls can shred

Okay Hollywood, hear me out;

A roadtrip bromance movie with supergirl and batgirl where Barbara and Kara just drive around, visiting random cities and solving crimes along the way, Scooby Doo style.

No big bad villain. No specific plot. Just these two gals being super pals getting around, getting lost, and getting on each other’s nerves only to discover, in the end, that the real super power is the strength of their super friendship.

Call me. 

hey guys shades is gonna tell you about gacharic spin

this is them they are my loves

Gacharic Spin (or Gachapin for short) was formed by bassist F Chopper KOGA and drummer Hana, The lineup has changed a few times in the years since, with Hana and Koga being the only remaining original members.

They released five singles as an indie group, finally releasing their major debut in 2014 with a Best Of album that peaked at #7 on the Oricon weekly chart. Their 2nd major single, “Don’t Let Me Down,” was the ending theme for Dragon Ball Z Kai. In 2013 they collaborated with singer Fuki of the band LIGHT BRINGER to form the band DOLL$BOXX, releasing one original album together.

Gachapin is known to be one of the most musically talented girl groups in Japan. According to the liner notes on their CDs, the band writes most of the lyrics and music themselves.  Tomo-zo, Hana, and Koga were consultants for AKB48′s GIVE ME FIVE! single, and all have published instructional DVDs on their respective instruments.

Overseas, they have performed at Anime Matsuri in Houston in 2011, completed a European tour in 2012, and most recently appeared at J-POP SUMMIT in San Francisco in 2015. They vow to return overseas soon, and are set to release their 3rd major single and 1st major original album in September.


Bass - F Chopper KOGA (Yellow)

One of the two founding members of Gachapin and the group leader, formerly of  THE PINK ☆ PANDA. Koga is a crazy talented bassist who uses a slap bass style that, as I understand, is very difficult to master.

look at her go she’s amazing but you know who else is amazing

Drums & Vocal - Hana (Blue)

The other of the two founding members, Hana has a long history in the music scene, having been a member of The Spade 13, ARMERIA, and others. It’s not often you see a vocalist drummer in a band, but Hana easily stands out from the back of the stage as the focal member of the band. But in case that’s not enough for you, she also plays keyboard and guitar (stepping out from behind the drum kit to play guitar Boku Dake no Cinderella PV, for example.) 

next up is

Guitar - TOMO-ZO (pink)

Formerly from EU-PHORIA, Tomo-zo joined the group after Gachapin’s original guitarist left. She’s extremely energetic and cute–to the point that you probably wouldn’t guess she’s 26 years old. Her guitar skills are on par with the rest of the band but what she really brings to the table is a huge positive energy, always performing with a big smile and keeping the crowd hyped. The band calls on her from time to time for vocals in songs calling for a high pitched, idol-like voice.

soon after TOMO-ZO came, she was joined by:

Keyboard, Vocal - OREOREONA (Purple)

Also from EU-PHORIA, Reona joined not too long after Tomo-Zo. Onstage she varies between a stationary keyboard setup and a keytar, and shares lead vocal duties with Hana in some songs (or takes lead vocal entirely in some recent songs like Don’t Let Me Down). She’s the “sex appeal” member, usually doing some kind of provocative posing over her keyboard in videos, and during lives leads a call and response of “Sexy! Woo!”

and finally it wouldn’t be Gachapin without these two angels

Performer - Mai (sky blue)

So this is where Gacharic Spin gets a little different from your usual rock band. They have two designated members with the position of “performers.” They do not perform any instruments or sing, but are seen dancing in the PVs. More importantly, they are in charge of fan control during the lives, directing fans in chanting, clapping, and hand movements (what I would call wotagei if this were an idol group, but I don’t know the word applies to this group). The performers bring their lives a unique level of interactivity that you don’t get from many full bands, whose members are usually occupied with their own instruments the majority of the time.

Performer - Nenne (orange)

Nenne is new to the group. Like really new. Like her debut was about two weeks ago. She’s the third generation performer member, after their second gen performer graduated for academic reasons. Nenne seems super excited to be part of the group and I hope she sticks around a while. 

k so that’s it basically, they are an amazing band and you should be listening to them if you like super cute girls who can also shred harder than most guys can (if you’re into that kind of thing i guess)


Watch: 9-year-old Japanese girl can absolutely shred

Stop what you’re doing and pay attention – Li-sa-x is in the building.

No, she’s not Malcolm X’s lost Japanese grandchild. She’s a regular 9-year-old who happens to enter beast mode whenever she picks up an electric guitar. Exhibit A is this video from December 2013, which showcases her viral cover of Racer X’s “Scarified” metal solo.

Her Facebook fan page is the cutest shit ever. She describes herself as “I <3 Guitar!!” and “Japanese 9 year old girl,” and her influences are guitarists Guthrie Govan and Paul Gilbert. That’s about it.

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St. Vincent ~ Rattlesnake ~ Hollywood Bowl  

St. Vincent (aka, Annie Clark) blew me away at the Bowl when she opened up for Erykah Badu!  Totally electrifying!  This girl can shred! August 30, 2015, part of KCRW’s World Festival 2 series.

those party tricks at the end…