We know it's an internet age and YouTube has become a main battleground for musicians.
Yet we are very awkward and basically old style musicians still struggling to adjust.
It's been a while since we posted our last music video, but today we posted a new one.
It's a song called "Heaven's Gate" from our last album "Revive The World".
It's not an easy song to play but we have played it live quite a lot in last 3 years. There is no doubt it's one of the heaviest song in our catalog.
Some of you may have seen our Facebook post but we did a video/photo shooting last month (November 2016) at a Japanese traditional "Noh" theater in Yokohama.
There was a beautiful Japanese style garden with colorful autumn leaves.
Naturally we wanted to do a video there and the result is this music video.
This is the first video made from the footage we did on that day. Next year we are going to make more videos using this "Noh" theater footage. So please look forward to it!
Thanks and God bless you all.
Tak / Imari Tones
Friday, December 2, 2016
[Full Length Live Movie]
Last year September 2015, we played "Matsubarako Vibration Jam" that was a "Christian Rock Festival" that took place at Matsubarako Bible Camp, Nagano prefecture, Japan.
The organizer was saying it was the first ever "Christian Rock" festival in Japan. I think probably he was right, because, even though we have some "Gospel music" concerts in Japan, there had not been an event which focused on "Christian Rock" like this. Headliner was Saluki, which was natural if you know how popular they are in Japanese Christian community. But we played 2nd headliner slot, that was actually a big honor for us. And we did an awesome show.
In the past, we played several Christian Festivals and Conferences in USA. But we never thought it would be possible in Japan. So we were very happy to be a part of this Matsubarako Vibration Jam, because it totally ROCKED!!
So finally, we posted a movie of this concert on YouTube. It's, well, very long 70-minutes-set. I know not everyone has time to watch the whole thing. But if you want to see us live, even though we can't do a world tour every year, this is the next best thing.
Thank you very much to everyone involved in this awesome festival, including fellow Christian Rockers, Bikers, Pastors and Believers. And last but not least, thank you very much to Mr.Nobu for planning, organizing the festival and making this whole thing happen.
May God bless you all and Jesus be with you!!
1: The Concept
3: Dying Prophet
5: Jesus Train
6: Living Water (Japanese version)
7: Saints Seeking Salvation
9: Karma Flower (Japanese version)
11: Faith Rider
It has been already a month, but we did "The Extreme Tour Japan 2016" in the past October. (Even though we updated our Facebook&Twitter, we have not posted here yet.)
It was our 4th time (4th year) doing XTJ (The Extreme Tour Japan) and it was another huge blessing for us.
This year we had Victriano from Chile and toured together.
Victoriano are based in Santiago, Chile, literally the other side of the earth from Japan. But they sing in JAPANESE and they play CHRISTIAN ROCK. And most importantly they are eager to spread God's Words in Japan.
So we decided to have them on this tour and it was awesome.
The tour went to places such as Seto, Gamagori (Aichi), Yokohama (Kanagawa), Iwaki (Fukushima), Shimokitazawa, Sibuya, Ueno, Fussa (Tokyo).
We played many shows, together with our friends at Calling Records and other local Japanese bands.
We, as Imari Tones, played 5 shows during the tour period. But I (Tak) also played bass for Victoriano and played even more shows with them.
Other Christian artists involved in the tour were, Soul of Faith, Hiroki Miki, Yona Ishikawa, Xie, Saluki and B.D.Badge. (I hope I didn't forget anyone.)
Without a doubt, the tour was super awesome and super blessed one.
So many miracles, beautiful moments, friendship and great music. Most importantly God's Love.
For me it was one of the most awesome XTJ experiences, maybe as awesome as the first year (2013).
Thank you for all the people involved, all the people who helped us, all the artists, pastors, club owners and awesome audiences.
For your information, there are some articles written about the tour and our Shimokitazawa show. They are in Japanese language but hopefully you can feel the vibe.
Also here are some pictures from the tour, mostly our band Imari Tones.
If you want to see other bands and whole tour report, please check the official Facebook page of The Extreme Tour Japan.
Sadly I should say, this probably will be the last XTJ we lead, because we decided to "move on" next year. The future of XTJ is at this point unknown. Possibly some friends at Calling Records will take over the leading roll. Or possibly it will be on temporary "hiatus". Only God knows. If you are willing to work for "The Extreme Tour Japan" and help God's Love spread through Rockn'Roll, please let us know. Japan needs Jesus and we need God's Love on "street level".
Thank you very much and God bless you all!!!
Tak / Imari Tones