Yokohama, Japan – March 2015 – Japanese rock band Imari Tones releases “Atomic Live!”, a live album recorded in Fukushima, to send a message about the dangerous situation in Japan.
It was not something planned beforehand, when Imari Tones, Japanese Christian rock band, played a live recording session at Studio Back Beat, Minamisoma, Fukushima, the music venue that was only 15 miles away from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
This recording happened in November 2014. The band was touring in Japan with an American rapper Gallery Cat, as a part of The Extreme Tour. The Extreme Tour is a grass root Christian music tour that has been around in USA since 1994. Imari Tones joined their USA tour in 2012, and brought the tour to Japan in 2013. This 2014 tour was 2nd year for The Extreme Tour in Japan. The tour line-up included other Japanese Christian artists such as CLOD, Soul of Faith, GeeBars, and Kaori Yamamoto.
Imari Tones was in Fukushima, when a certain gig was cancelled at the last moment. The band didn’t want to disappoint their fans, so they sought for an alternative venue. They found out Studio Back Beat in Minamisoma was the only available choice for them, and the venue was located only 15 miles away from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, that had been broken since the Tsunami disaster on March 11, 2011. When they booked the venue, they also decided to do a live recording for this off the cuff gig.
The result is “Atomic Live!”, which was just released on the band’s website. It’s an unconventional live album recorded at a small venue with only handful of fans.
“We thought it was a good opportunity to carry the message to the world” says Tak Nakamine, the singer/guitarist of the band. “Because things are so crazy in Japan right now. The Fukushima nuclear power plant has been broken. It’s still leaking a lot of radioactivity things to the ocean as well as into the air. However, the government and electricity companies keep saying it’s safe and there is no immediate danger. Most people in Japan are living their life just pretending nothing has happened. That’s the craziest part. We’re not going against nuclear energy in general or anything. We just want to say things are crazy and extreme. Doing a live recording session only 15 miles away from the broken nuclear plant is crazy. But people don’t see it crazy anymore. Because we are living in the craziness, what used to be crazy now isn’t crazy.”
There is a hidden message in the artwork. On the album cover, Tak is standing next to the banner says The Extreme Tour Japan, but the word “Tour” is crossed out. As a result it reads “The Extreme Japan”. Tak says it’s a message about how things are crazy and extreme in Japan right now.
Although it’s carrying a controversial message, the music on this album is all about God and Christianity. Imari Tones, call themselves “The first Christian heavy metal band from Japan”, is one of the few Japanese bands who declare Christian heavy metal openly.
“The reason we came to Fukushima was to spend time with people here” Tak continues, “and the reason we came to Minamisoma venue was to pray. After all, we are Christians. We believe, with God’s help, things can be changed in a positive way.”
Imari Tones decided to release the album as a free download, to spread the music and the message. “Atomic Live!”, recorded at Back Beat, Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan, is available at the band’s website and BandCamp.
Imari Tones website
Imari Tones BandCamp
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