Japanese band CHAI re-release their first LP in the US, performing in NYC and LA in September


From Nagoya, Japan, four piece CHAI are an almost indescribable collection of pop energy, mingling punk, kruatrock, yacht-rock funk, disco, the wordy Tom Tom Club rapper, and more in their infectious sound. The group’s first album, Pink, was released in Japan last year but is reissued by Burger Records in North America on vinyl, CD and cassette. You can listen to the entire album below, but a better introduction to CHAI would be their charming and deranged music videos and those are below, along with a live video of the single “NEO”.

CHAI will travel to the United States to perform in Los Angeles on September 10 @ L’Écho, and NYC on September 12 @ Rough Trade. Tickets for Rough Trade are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 22 at noon.

The group will also open for Superorganism in the UK this fall. All dates are listed below.

Mon Sep 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo [tickets]
Wed Sep 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade [tickets]
Mon Oct 15 – Bristol, UK @ SWX with superorganism
Tue Oct 16 – Liverpool, UK @ Arts Club w / Superorganism
Wed Oct 17 – Belfast, NIR @ Limelight 1 with superorganism
Thu October 18 – Dublin, IE @ The Academy w / Superorganism
Sat October 20 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 with superorganism
Sun. October 21 – Sheffield, UK @ The Leadmill w / Superorganism
Mon Oct 22 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus w / Superorganism
Wed Oct 24 – London, UK @ 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire w / Superorganism
Thu Oct 25 – Manchester, UK @ 02 Ritz with Superorganism
Fri Oct 26 – Cambridge, UK @ Cambridge Junction with superorganism
Sat October 27 – Portsmouth, UK @ Pyramids Center w / Superorganism
Sun. October 28 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2 with superorganism
Tue Oct 30 – Oxford, UK @ 02 Academy w / Superorganism


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