Growing up in the United Kingdom and being exposed to nothing but rain and fields covered in cow crap all your life, or generic trips to Mallorca as a child (or Butlins if you’re old), you’re often brainwashed into thinking that you’re surrounded by a pretty mundane culture. You’re also taught to believe that the West is the best. So you end up living in this juxtaposed world of “Well, it rains all the time and everyone is miserable but this is one of the greatest countries on Earth, so this must be everything culture has to offer,” and we’re not often exposed to the idea that other countries have much to show us. Apart from maybe David Attenborough telling us that there’s some bangin’ Rain Forest full of mental animals that literally no one apart from him has ever seen before.

This also means that many people don’t look outside of the UK or USA to discover new music. Which is a shame, because there are literally entire underground music scenes across the globe that are far more exciting than the cover bands you get to watch down your local. One of these underground scenes can be found in Japan, home of the Samurai.

When you think of Japan, Tokyo will usually spring to mind. You will have no doubt seen either a TV show, movie or YouTuber filming themselves venturing out into the Shibuya Station pedestrian crossing. It’s literally just a pedestrian crossing, but it’s somehow famous. Shibuya Station pedestrian crossing is the busiest crossing in the world which is for some reason a travel destination hotspot for many Westerners. I guess when fields of Cow crap our the highlight of your country, an upgrade to a large slab of cement is worth the trip.

If you travel 500KM to the other side of this glorious island you’ll end up in Osaka. With a population of close to 3 million people, Osaka is a large port city and commercial centre for Japan. Osaka is also home to a thriving underground Rock scene with small dive bars plastering their walls with posters of Lemmy and Johnny Cash whilst blasting out The Ramones and other iconic western punk rock bands. One Punk Rock band that should be blasting out of Rock clubs globally are a humble group of 3 Japnese musicians. Aki Morimoto, Kazuto Maekawa, and Tomoharu ‘Gian’ Ito.

In 1994, these three punk rock kids, inspired by the likes of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, and of course, Motörhead decided to start making noise together. Growing up in Osaka, the three were exposed to western culture and Punk Rock, before relocating to Tokyo, and eventually, America. They followed their Rock N Roll dream, sold their homes and toured relentlessly around the United States before putting out their first record in 2004, ‘Go Europe!’. An album that also features one of their biggest underground hits, ‘Suicide Rock’N’Roll’. Electric Eel Shock had officially left their raucous mark on the European continent by playing over 30 festivals across 27 countries.

2005 would see Electric Eel Shock release one of the most underrated Rock N Roll albums of all time. ‘Beat Me’. With heavy influences from Judas Preist, Black Sabbath and all-out Punk Rock, Electric Eel Shock continued on their warpath to all-out Rock N Roll domination. Now 4 albums into their career, with ‘Transworld Ultra Rock’ seeing the light of day in 2007 and ‘SWEET GENERATION’ in 2017, the Japanese Trio are set to take on the world in 2020.

Electric Eel Shock should be your new favourite band in 2020 and the only way to truly appreciate original, raw, Rock N Fucking Roll.

All hail the mighty EES YOU BASTARD!

Author Bio: AC Speed

Senior Editor

I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!


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