Well, I guess tis the season, of cons announcing their musical guests. Back once again is JapanFiles with another featured act. This time it's the squeeky clean pop-punks Ketchup Mania. They made their US debut last year at A-kon to a huge crowd, following it up with a tour in Japan as well as a new album release. They also won Shojo Beat's "Beat Japanese Punk Group" in 2007. (Just don't tell Guitar Wolf or Bleach3 or GitoGito Hustler or BBQ Chickens or...well...)
If you're going to Sakura-Con this year, make sure you don't miss this show. It'll be a story you pass down for generations. Also check some of the videos after the cut. WARNING: Repeated viewings may spontaneously induce the diabetes.
JapanFiles to bring ketchup mania back to the USA for Sakura-Con 2008!
December 6, 2007 - Japanese pop-punk sensations ketchup mania will return to the USA for a special engagement at Sakura-Con 2008 in Seattle, WA.
ketchup mania has been red-hot since winning Shojo Beat's "Best Japanese Punk Group" award in the 2007 Music Issue.
In June 2007, ketchup mania partnered with JapanFiles.com to make their debut in America at A-Kon 18 in Dallas, Texas. The band rocked the stage for over 2000 fans, their biggest audience ever. "It was like a dream," said singer Hiro, who couldn't stop smiling after the show. "Meeting our fans in the USA made me so happy!"
ketchup mania returned to Japan for non-stop touring, with songs from their first Toys Factory release " U.R.G.E." and their chart-topping CD "Greetings from Tokyo" dominating the set list.
In August 2007, they released the follow-up CD "L.O.V.E." For their performance at Sakura-Con, the band will play hits including "Namida Vacuum Sound," "Real Yaayo," "Life Size," and tracks from their upcoming third release on the Toys' Factory label.
ketchup mania links!
MP3s - www.japanfiles.com/ketchup
MySpace - www.myspace.com/ketchupmaniajf
Hiro's Blog - www.ketchup-mania.com
Sakura-Con 2008 - www.sakuracon.org
ketchup mania appears by arrangement with JapanFiles.com.
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