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July 12, 2019 12:50 PM   Subscribe

CHAI is Mana, Kana, Yuuki, and Yuna, a four piece pop/punk/rock band from Nagoya. Their Neo-Kawaii attitude of inclusion and celebrating our imperfections attempts to dismantle and subvert notions of cuteness that its members feel are so repressive in Japan. Neo-Kawaii is exemplified by their song N.E.O. (live version), from the 2017 album PINK. More from PINK: Boyz Seco Men, Horechatta. Their 2019 album PUNK continues the theme, with a more expansive sound: Choose Go!, Great Job, I'm Me, Curly Adventure, Future. [bandcamp, (Spotify: PUNK, PINK), live stuff] Positive + Negative = POGATIVE!
posted by HumanComplex (8 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
Argh, mods, the Choose Go! link was pasted wrong and goes to an ad. Fixed link: Choose Go!
posted by HumanComplex at 12:54 PM on July 12, 2019

Oh, I am really digging this! Thanks for posting :)

I love that they're "dumpling aficionados." I need to figure out which one is the song about dumplings when I have time, and listen to it when I make gyoza this weekend.
posted by sunset in snow country at 2:21 PM on July 12, 2019


aw yeah this slaps!! This is the post-punk jam I did not know my Friday needed.
posted by capricorn at 2:29 PM on July 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

Ok so Horechatta is the one about gyoza in case anyone else needed to know that for their weekend gyoza parties. You're welcome.

You are always so tiny
posted by sunset in snow country at 4:11 PM on July 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

This is great! I'm enjoying the tunes and the videos so much. Thanks.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 5:42 PM on July 12, 2019

[Fixed link!]
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 8:49 PM on July 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

(Somehow reminiscent of Brazil’s Cansei de Ser Sexy. Fun!)
posted by progosk at 10:44 PM on July 12, 2019

Oh! This was a thing I meant to look up after hearing a DJ on the local public radio station talk about this band. Thanks for posting.
posted by deludingmyself at 7:30 AM on July 13, 2019

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