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May 23rd, 2010: Tainted Reality, in association with the Philadelphia based Gothic music store Digital Ferret, will be putting on a special free J-Rock event night. The night will include live performances from J-Rock inspired bands [geist] and Typherus, a live DJ performance by Tainted Reality Internet Radio Network DJ, Roger Shackelford, and various other surprises! The event will be held on Friday June 11th, starting at 7pm, at Digital Ferret's store located at 732 S. 4th St. in Philadelphia. If successful, there are plans to make such events a seasonal occurrence in Philadelphia! More details to be announced via the event's Facebook page, viewable at http://tiny.cc/spuuw
About [geist]: Visual kei and Japanese rock have swept America, and there is hardly better proof of its influence than [geist]: an American group devoted to the sound, look, and feel of visual style Japanese rock.
In 2007, [geist] acquired vocalist Kane, who moved back to Baltimore from Georgia to join the band. They played an impromptu "guerilla" show at Baltimore's Otakon, the largest Japanese culture convention on the East Coast, and the subsequent release of their debut single, "nevaeHell," triggered nearly 1,300 plays in just over a two-week period.
The following year, [geist]'s lineup gelled when Kazuya's longtime friend, Sai, joined on drums. [geist] performed alongside jpop darlings Mitsumassyu, played again at Otakon, and released their blistering yet lyrical second single, "The Brilliant Black." September saw the release of their first EP, Itsuwari. And in October, they opened for the acclaimed Zazen Boys in Baltimore. Soon after, [geist] expanded to include Kuni (ex-Ajipulse) on guitar.
[geist] then made their NY debut by playing at the CD release show of their good friends, Gelatine. They returned to New York twice, opened for Sony artist Kanon Wakeshima on Otakon's main stage, and went on a 5-date tour of the East Coast – all while working on their full-length debut, Grotesque. Grotesque, featuring 13 tracks of passionate, brutal music, was released in October 2009.
Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/geistband
About Typherus: Typherus, formerly known as Le-akt'z ISORA, was formed in 2007 and they have already opened for touring Japanese bands from the Visual Kei world. They are slowly gathering music fans that are dedicated to Japanese Rock/Japanese anime/Asian music. In early 2009, they reformed and renamed themselves Typherus and released their debut album. Consistently gig every month they are building an Indie reputation and hitting anime conventions across the US.
Typherus is currently working on a new album that will be due by spring of 2010. Typherus will perform at Otaku Fest II in March of 2010. Typherus has been gaining a lot of recognition nationally and internationally with fans from South America to Asia and Europe. Typherus has also been building a strong network with touring acts like Fact, Uzuhi, Geist, Quaff, and Gelatine. Typherus is also planning to perform at various Anime Conventions all over North America.
Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/bandtypherus
About Tainted Reality: Tainted Reality is the premiere source of Japanese rock (J-Rock) entertainment in the United States. Tainted Reality hosts their own internet radio network dedicated to Japanese musical programming and produces radio shows such as Tainted Reality & The Tainted Reality Talkshow. Tainted Reality often conducts interviews with some of the biggest musical artists of Japan like Yoshiki of X Japan, Die of Dir en grey, Miyavi and MUCC. They also manage and organize tours for prominent J-Rock bands such as BLOOD, Versailles -Philharmonic Quintet-, The Candy Spooky Theater as well as producing media such as the Darkest Labyrinth Vol.1 DVD and the Darkest Labyrinth CD.
Tainted Reality Links:
Official Website - www.taintedreality.net
Myspace - www.myspace.com/taintedrealityradio
Twitter - www.twitter.com/taintedreality
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tainted-Reality/158684624275?ref=ts