AKIAKANE & SOFTBALL

Both Akiakane and Softball are or have been bands fronted by Japanese punk rocker Moe Suzuki who has lead them to Taiwan numerous times over the past decade. Moe first made an appearance on the island at an early Say Yes to Taiwan concert with Softball, a whimsical all-girl pop punk band that broke up in 2003, and later formed Akiakane a similar girl band, but with more mature themes of war and politics often referencing historical events that mainstream Japanese bands shy away from. She continued to bring Akiakane to Taiwan consecutively each year for Taiwan's Say Yes to Taiwan event which has been more recently renamed Spirit of Taiwan and also has written songs about the nation's struggles with mainland China over independence. In 2004, the band took part in a February 28th Peace Memorial Day rally that had them linking to a human chain of over two million people stretching up and down the west coast of Taiwan and also shaking hands with former President Chen Shui-bian; all of which was featured in a newsletter published by Moe in Japan. Akiakane has also come to Taiwan for special punk rock events including a Let's Girl Party featuring Taiwan girl bands Mary Jane's Friends, B.B. Bomb and Hotpink, and in 2007 they joined the Anti-pop showcase organized by Leek Records and Consider the Meek. However, Moe also supports fair exchange and her label Einstein Records hosted the first Say Yes to Taiwan event in Japan featuring pro-independence Taiwanese bands Chthonic and Nipples. As for Akiakane, they have recorded several successful albums released in the US by Asian Man Records and Moe's educated lyrics citing kamikaze fighters and US Occupation continue to catch the attention of punks the across the globe.

Live at Formoz 2006


BAND LINKS

http://www.akiakane.com/

http://www.myspace.com/akiakane

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

TAIPEI TIMES:
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TAIPEI TIMES:
Punks, drunks and politics

TAIPEI TIMES:
A little politics with your music?

DISCOGRAPHY
AKIANANE

KASUMISOU - Einstein Records/Asian Man Records - 2006


VA - Samurai Spirits - Einstein Records - 2004
Available at Pacifiction Records!


SOFTBALL

TENKU - Asian Man Records - 2000



水母 - Einstein Records - 2000