Toe (band)

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Toe
Origin Japan
Genres Post-rock, math rock, instrumental rock, alternative rock, jazz fusion, indie rock
Years active 2000–present
Labels Catune, Machu Picchu, Topshelf
Associated acts Pele, The Hiatus
Website www.toe.st
Members Kashikura Takashi
Mino Takaaki
Yamane Satoshi
Yamazaki Hirokazu

Toe is a Japanese music group. While mentioned in many post-rock circles, their song structure and dynamics are similar to many popular math rock artists.

History[edit]

Toe is composed of Kashikura Takashi on drums, Mino Takaaki on guitar, Yamane Satoshi on bass guitar, and Yamazaki Hirokazu on guitar. Toe has formally played with this line-up since the band’s inception in 2000. They are currently one of four bands on the indie label Machu Picchu,[1] along with the bands mouse on the keys, Enemies and Tangled Hair. This is a label formed by the members of Toe.

The vast majority of the music is instrumental in nature and is also known for its melodic, clean guitar settings. Additionally, the compositions have repetition from typical rock motifs, but use very subtle changes in beat and rhythm to form a unique sound. The band has changed their sound over their musical tenure by incorporating acoustic guitars, rhodes piano, and vibraphones in their most recent releases.

The band tours regularly in Japan, and can most notably be compared to acts such as Pele, The Redneck Manifesto and The Album Leaf.

A new studio album entitled "HEAR YOU" was announced on the band's Facebook page on June 16, 2015.

Discography[edit]

  • Pele / toe (Dis(ign) Muzyq [JP], 2002 & Polyvinyl Records [US] 2004) split EP
  • Songs, Ideas We Forgot (Catune, 2003; Machu Picchu, 2012)
  • Re:designed (Catune, 2003) [remix album]
  • The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety (Catune, 2005; Machu Picchu, 2012; White Noise Records HK, 2012)
  • RGBDVD (DVD, 2005)
  • New Sentimentality EP (Machu Picchu, 2006)
  • New Sentimentality "Tour Edition" (White Noise Records HK, 2008) Enhanced CDEP Limited to 1000
  • For Long Tomorrow (White Noise Records HK, 2009)
  • Toe/Collection of Colonies of Bees (Contrarede, 2009) EP
  • CUT_DVD (DVD, 2010)
  • 8 Days DVD (2012)
  • The Future Is Now EP (Machu Picchu, 2012; White Noise Records HK, 2012; Topshelf Records 2012)
  • HEAR YOU (2015, Unreleased)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Machu Picchu INDUSTRIAS | BAND