The 2014 Japan Shoegazer Festival kicks off in less than a week with the first event taking place in Osaka on September 7th. Between the two shows - the latter on the 27th in Tokyo - the bill is loaded with well-known artists in Japan's shoegaze scene: Zeppet Store, cruyff in the bedroom, The Florist, cigarette in your bed, Plastic Girl in Closet, and of course Lemon's Chair among others. Though the most impressive lineup in the event's history will attract attention thanks in large part to these names, the bill sports some perhaps lesser known talent that is well worth watching.
EUPHRATES is one such band, though Japan Shoegazer Festival devotees will certainly know the name. The Osaka-based four piece and member of Japanese shoegaze label High Fader Records frequents the middle of the festival's lineups and remains quite active within its local music scene, planning and performing at events like "EUPHRATES Presents High Fader NIGHT".
Since forming in 2012, what name they may have made for themselves to date has been crafted with dreamy vocal melodies and explosive, at times danceable choruses. "Come With Me" is the ultra-catchy fan favorite at gigs, drawing the largest applauses and eliciting about as much movement as you'll see at the Japan Shoegazer Festival. Having seen the growth of cigarette in your bed, another High Fader product, this year, it would seem that EUPHRATES are near the front of the line to emerge in the near future. To date they have no proper released material, but perhaps their two most recognizable songs can both be heard on the band's Soundcloud page.
Fore more info on a band that's definitely worth keeping an eye on, follow EUPHRATES on Twitter. Have a listen to their songs "Come With Me" and "Stargazer" below: