Japanese Bands That Should Play Slam Dunk


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As someone who has attended Slam Dunk over the years, there are a few Japanese bands I feel would be right at home at this festival and the western alternative scene in general. So in no particular order, here are 10 of bands, let us know what you think!

1. Yabai T-Shirts Yasan (ヤバイTシャツ屋さん)


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With their energetic and hard hitting pop punk, Yabai T-Shirts Yasan would be right at home at Slam Dunk. With a mixture in their discography, they would be able to bring their fun and energetic sets to the festival and keep the audience throughly entertained on any of the stages.

2. Nerd Magnet (ナードマグネット)


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Being heavily inspired by western music and a sound reminiscent of 90s pop punk. Nerd Magnet would fit in with their bouncy pop punk, getting the crowd going on main stage or one of the alternative stages.

3. SpecialThanks


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Where there isn’t many female fronted pop punk making the waves in the west, Japan’s SpecialThanks could help pave the way and provide something different. For fans missing early Paramore, their search could end with SpecialThanks on main stage or an alternative stage.

4. HYSTERIC PANIC (ヒステリックパニック)


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Hysteric Panic’s special brand of metalcore having more of a contrast between pop, metal, and other genres. Their unique energy will no doubt enthral the audience on one of the heavier stages, and properly some fearful mosh pits on the verses with fast jumping in the chorus.

5. 打首獄門同好会 (Uchikubi Gokumon Doukoukai)


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With their heavy comedic punk, Uchikubi Gokumon Doukoukai would fit on the more punk stage they tend to put on these last few years. The fast and heavy pace of their songs, particularly with the use of duo vocals, without a doubt would win them quite a following.

6. アイスクリームネバーグラウンド (IScream Never Ground)


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Delivering their fun and bouncy version of metalcore, IScream Never Ground could create a fun respite on the more heavier stages. Although they could equally fit in on one of the other stages, with their energetic performances, it is sure to get the Slam Dunk crowd moving.

7. バックドロップシンデレラ (BackDrop Cinderella)


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The intense energy of Backdrop Cinderella from their varied discography would bring a unique experience to the ska stage, or other alternate stages. Being no strangers to many of the alternative genres, they could easily adapt their set-list to fit in on any of the stages.



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Japanese Ska legends, HEY-SMITH would be able to bring their great festival sets to our shores. Of course it would be the ska stage they would appear on, providing their fun rhythms that you can’t help but move to. They would keep the party going, that is for sure!

9. Hold Out Hope


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Having toured with western artists who have appeared at the festival before, really it is a no brainer that Hold Out Hope should make an appearance of their own at the festival. Particularly with easycore falling out of the limelight, they could help restart the genre.



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MOSHIMO are another band that could pretty much fit on any stage of Slam Dunk. Utilising their garage punk sound, the high octane feel of their songs could get any of the audiences on their feet and ensure everyone has a good time.