Japanese Rock music is being well represented at this year’s Anime Expo (Los Angeles, July 4-7). Porno Graffiti with their mainstream Pop Rock style take the stage at Club Nokia on July 6th, while CELL and Kaya reintroduce Visual Kei to AX attendees on July 5th. But, before either of these groups take the stage, three bands formed in the United States are taking the stage at Anime Expo’s Lounge 21 to display their American take on J-Rock, appropriately, on the country’s Independence Day – July 4th.

By bringing in different cultural and musical influences – Psycho Bando, Lolita Dark and akai SKY are leading a burgeoning group of American J-Rock bands that are redefining the sound of Japanese Rock by introducing something new to the mix.

Psycho Bando is a high-energy rock band that challenge common convention (Japanese lyrics accented by English words/phrases) through their predominent use of English lyrics, accented by Japanese words and phrases. Their music draws upon Japanese pop culture, video games and anime references.

Lolita Dark are no strangers to the Japanese rock scene. Fronted by two Japanese singers, Lolita dark aim to disrupt the stale Rock music scene with their powerhouse fusion of Rock, Goth and Steampunk.

akai SKY fuses the best of both worlds by marrying their heavy Alternative American Rock influences with Japanese Pop Rock melodies and lyrics to create a new modern rock sound.


Lounge 21 is Anime Expo’s very own 21+ nightclub located in Room 151E of the Concourse Hall in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Held on Thursday, July 4th, the show’s lineup is as follows:

8:00 PM – Psycho Bando (Los Angeles)

9:00 PM – Lolita Dark (Los Angeles)

10:00 PM – akai SKY (San Francisco)

For more information, visit the show listing online or on Facebook.

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