Shamisen rockers ROA unleash the first music video from their exclusive overseas album RODIAC today, the day before the album’s official release. JROCKNEWS premiered the video earlier today and featured it with a lengthy, exclusive interview with the band which can be read by clicking here.

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ROA’s unique sound juxtaposes western punk-rock spirit with traditional eastern melody, a concept they’ve dubbed “和洋折衷/ Wayo Settyu” –literally meaning “the blending of Japanese and western styles”. Formed by the drummer of Japan’s legendary chart-topping ska-punk outfit SNAIL RAMP, ROA manage to propel their country’s three-stringed traditional instrument, the Tsugaru-shamisen, into the 21st century by implementing its iconic sound in new and exciting ways.

ROA – RODIAC cover art
RODIAC tracklisting:

01. Nuneration

02. Ushism

03. Toriot

04. Utopia

05. Tatour

06. Mischief

07. Umanity

08. Hitsugenius

09. Saroots

10. Kijinx

11. Innovation

12. Inosecret

Tour dates:

21 June 2018: Alex’s Bar, Long Beach, Santa Monica, USA

13-15 July 2018: HYPER JAPAN, Olympia, London, UK

17 July 2018: The Underworld, Camden, London, UK

ROA is:

Masatomo – Vocals

Miyo-C – Bass

AKABE – Drums

MANI – Shamisen

moroboshimann – Shamisen

Shu – Guitar

TONO – Guitar