JSHOCK DD LLC Presents U.S. Debut of Major Japanese Rock Bands D'espairsRay and the Underneath on March 18

Feb 28th 2008
Huge overseas demand prompts D'espairsRay and the Underneath to release albums Stateside

Los Angeles, CA: On March 18, JSHOCK DD LLC will release two albums and a live concert DVD from Japanese rock bands D'espairsRay and the Underneath in conjunction with their appearance on the North American Rockstar Taste of Chaos (RTOC) tour.

"Both D'espairsRay and the Underneath represent the best of Jrock Revolution," says Bob Divney, general manager of Adrenaline Music Group, which distributes JSHOCK DD LLC. "Their music engages and pushes the cultural envelope and we are thrilled to bring their music to the U.S. market."

From D'espairsRay, JSHOCK DD LLC will distribute the album "MIRROR" and the DVD "Spiral Staircase #15 Final." "MIRROR" showcases the band's blend of industrial and melodic rock, while "Spiral Staircase #15 Final" demonstrates the charisma and musicianship that have propelled the band to worldwide fame. Formed in 1999, D'espairsRay frequently tour throughout the United States and Europe and were a headlining act of last year's Jrock Revolution festival.

Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman and Jrock legend YOSHIKI chose D'espairsRay as one of their favorites to participate on the RTOC tour, which will be the band's most extensive overseas tour to date. "We are very excited to have the first U.S. release of D'espairsRay, as they have been thrilling fans for many years here," says Jrock Revolution and JSHOCK DD LLC label executive, Jonathan Platt. "Having D'espairsRay participate in the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour is a major achievement for any Jrock artist."

The Underneath will make their world debut with JSHOCK DD LLC's release of the album "MOON FLOWER." With members drawn from veteran hard rock band TRANSTIC NERVE, the Underneath is a fresh take on industrial metal with compelling live performances. Spring's RTOC will be the band's first tour overseas, building on the success of an exclusive concert in Los Angeles last summer.

"The Underneath played a showcase in Los Angeles last May and blew everybody away," says Platt. "We are very excited to expose American fans to this innovative and cutting edge Jrock band as we see that they are part of the new generation of Jrock bands coming out of Japan."

The albums and DVD will be available for preorder from Jrock Revolution; preorder privileges include early release and a special bonus.

For additional information, contact Misha Deborah Clive at EINSOF Marketing Group.

About the Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour:
The Rockstar Taste of Chaos (RTOC) tour began in winter 2004 and is the brainchild of Kevin Lyman, creator of the highly successful Warped Tour. The RTOC tour features the freshest sounds in post-hardcore, rock, and metal—with many Warped Tour veterans joining this year's tour along with new rock acts from Japan, including D'espairsRay and the Underneath. "After having a chance to be involved with introducing Dir en grey to American audiences and working on the successful Jrock Revolution Festival with YOSHIKI last May in Los Angeles, I felt that the fans across the U.S. would really appreciate a chance to have these bands come to their cities," says Lyman.

About JSHOCK DD LLC:
JSHOCK DD LLC was created in response to the surging international demand for Japanese rock music and counts among its partners the legendary musician and producer YOSHIKI of the rock band X JAPAN. Based in Los Angeles, JSHOCK DD LLC is dedicated to bringing the best in Japanese rock to the western world and plans to put out as many as ten releases in 2008. JSHOCK DD LLC is distributed through Adrenaline/ADA Distribution in the United States.

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