Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Suddenly I felt like telling this story of ours.
I wrote this story before in my personal internet diary or MIXI, in Japanese language (That's the language I usually write).

We are a "trio" band. We have a drummer (Jake), a bassist (Hassy) and I play guitar while at the same time I sing lead.

But sometimes people ask us why. Because usually this type of music requires, at least 4 people in a band. It's not usual for this Hard Rock type of bands.

Those legendary rock bands, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Living Colour, Loudness (and the list goes on), they were all 4-piece bands. And they all had a great "frontman". With those "frontmen", they can put fabulous shows.

But for us Imari Tones, we don't really have a "frontman".
It's not something we wanted from the beginning. When Tak (me) started a band, I didn't want to sing. Because I'm a guitarist and I never considered myself as a singer. I wanted to play with another singer who can sing and perform as a "frontman". But I could not find anyone who was right for the job. So I had to sing myself while playing guitar at the same time.

Sometimes I asked God "Jimmy Page had Robert Plant, Eddie Van Halen had David Lee Roth. Why didn't you give me a singer?"

But after those years, now I think I know the answer.
We don't need a frontman. Because our frontman is Jesus Christ. Anyone doesn't really deserve spotlight except for Him. Jesus is the only one who deserves the glory because He is the Son of God. That's why God didn't give me a singer.

When a trio band plays nobody stands in the center on the stage. Guitarist in the left, bassist in the right, and drummer in the back. Nothing wrong with that. We put God in the center of the stage. That's the Rockn'Roll we play.

After I knew the fact, I never get worried about not having a frontman. I started saying "Right. We don't have a frontman. But we have a FRONTGOD."

-Tak / Imari Tones
i hope my english is correct

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Overcome video and 3 more day on IndieGoGo

This is Tak from IMARi ToNES, Japanese Christian rock band.

This is a simple and short letter before we go to "The Extreme Tour" later this month.

1. Heroes EP & Overcome video
2. 3 days left for our fundraising
3. The Extreme Tour dates (slightly) changed

We finished recording "Heroes EP"!!
We are going to release it sometime in early 2013, but the special "just recorded" edition is available on our IndieGoGo page....now only for 3 more days! (See below for our IndieGoGo.)

It's the first record we did on our MacBookPro. (We finally changed our recording system from very-old-version Cubase to LogicPro.)
It's the first record Tak used Amplitube guitar system.
And let me say, it rocks harder than ever!

We uploaded one song on YouTube and Soundcloud.
A song called "Overcome".
We are going to play this song during the tour and our upcoming gigs.
So we want you to take a listen!

"Overcome" on YouTube

Our IndieGoGo fundraising, now only 3 more days left!!
Thank you very much for everyone.
It may look like a small amount, however, actually it's a big help for us!
So let me say, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Now 1 more help and we reach $100.
Somebody please!

"Japanese Christian Rock Band to join a Missionary Tour in USA"

We posted the dates before, but there were some change in The Extreme Tour dates

Here is the updated dates.

Aug 24-26 Whidbey Island, WA
Aug 27-28 Salem, OR
Aug 29-30 Gold Beach, OR
Aug 31-Sept 3 (X-Fest) Stevenson, WA
Sept 4-5 Yakima, WA
Sept 6-7 Coeur d' Alene, ID
Sept 8-9 Moscow, ID
Sept 10-13 Billings, MT

We play "open air" concert in each city.
Detailed time and location is not avaialbe at this point.

The Extreme Tour is a missionary tour event which takes place on the street.
So we only get to know the detail and exact location just a few days prior to the show.

We will post those details on our Facebook and Twitter.

That's all for today!
Now I'm going to my church and I'm in charge of worship today!
So I have to get ready and go!
(It's Sunday morning I'm writing this.)

Thank you very much!
Please pray for the success of The Extreme Tour and people working with them!

God bless you all!
Tak / IMARi ToNES (Japan)