The KOXX Takes On Japan
Indie band The KOXX has advanced into the Japanese music market with its first studio album Access OK.
Since releasing its first album in Korea in June, The KOXX has been receiving attention from overseas and has performed at rock festivals in China and Japan.
Backed by popular Japanese rock bands Asian Kung Fu Generation and Bump of Chicken, the Korean band was also well-received at big-name festivals Nano-Mugen Circuit and Summer Sonic.
Japan’s Tower Records tweeted the word “Attention” on November 16 and recommended The KOXX’s album. The album sold 1,000 copies, which is a first for any foreign rock band releasing its first album.
The band will also kick off its club tour on December 12, making stops in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Not only was the tour announced on Japanese music channel Space Shower, but the band’s music video has been getting a lot of air time also.
One Japanese music industry official said, “This is exceptional, considering the fact that it usually takes at least three or four years for rock bands outside of Japan.” The source added, “At this rate, it’s possible for The KOXX to go on an independent tour early next year.”
Upon wrapping up its promotions in Japan, the band will hold its second independent concert Success OK at the D-Cube Arts Center in Seoul on December 11 as well as perform for fans at Countdown Fantasy 2011-2012, which will be held at AX Hall in Seoul on December 12. The KOXX guitarist Lee Soo Ryun will also perform as part of Lee Juk’s live band for the singer’s concert, while member Shaun is also active as a DJ.
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