AOQ (pronounced "Aoku") formed in Kyoto in 2012 and, following a number of lineup changes and breaks in activity since then, settled on its present lineup in October 2014. Founded by Norikazu Katayama (guitar and vocals) and Yasuo Kajihara (bass) the band added Shuhei Kouzaki (drums) and Yuri Okamoto (live guitar) to the ranks.
AOQ have appeared at a number of shoegaze events in the Kansai area including the Japan Shoegazer Festival in Osaka and the Kyoto's own shoegaze fest, Kyoto Shoegazer. With very little recorded music to date, and no formal releases, AOQ has emerged as one of Japan's up and coming shoegaze acts on the back of its tight and incredibly loud live performances.
Frontman Norikazu Katayama also books a number of shows at Annie's Cafe, establishing the venue as the place to go to see shoegaze events in Kyoto.