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LOCAL FANS: JPNSGRLS

In a city like Vancouver, the love of good music is perhaps matched by our passion for hockey.

With the playoffs on the horizon this month, we thought it only made sense to intersect music and hockey. JPNSGRLS were kind enough to take some time to catch up with us to chat not only about the Vancouver Canucks, but also what they’ve been up to. Their debut album Circulation saw its UK release earlier this week, and the band will be heading on tour in Europe later this month.

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JPNSGRLS, The Cultch – May 10, 2014

JPNSGRLS (with vowels, Japanese Girls) have had a busy year so far, and there are no signs of slowing down. The band released “Smalls”, the first single from their upcoming full-length debut Circulation, just before they toured Western Canada with Mounties. With lots of new fans in tow, JPNSGRLS graced the top of CBC Radio’s Top 30 listener-voted chart for four consecutive weeks with “Smalls”.

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INTERVIEW: JPNSGRLS

Japanese Girls.

That is, the four-piece band from Vancouver, who signed to Light Organ Records earlier this year and released their hard-hitting The Sharkweek EP back in June. Their namesake was inspired by the energy and stage presence of a post-rock Japanese band, all girls, called Mass of the Fermenting Dregs – in case you were wondering. Those two very words, energy and presence, could interchangeably be used to describe Japanese Girls and their live shows.

Japanese Girls consists of lead singer Charlie Kerr, guitarist Oliver Mann, bassist Chris McClelland, and drummer Graham Serl. The band’s chemistry is quite evident, in their music, in their live performances, and in conversation. I had the chance to chat with Japanese Girls about their humble beginnings, their upcoming record, and their musical tastes.

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