Cigarettes & Shame is Out Now

At long last, the third album is officially released. Grab your copy from iTunes or from Tower Records.
We would like to thank all the amazing bands who played at the release party yesterday: Solma, TK & The Blues Blasters, Kinlay Band, Soul-D, Scrum Syrup and Jungles. To Sabaku Bakuhatsu for providing taco rice. To our valued photographers, Alex Mustatea, Marcellus Nealy, Maki Ambo, Kyoko Obayashi. To Iori, our album mixer and master. To all of you who dropped in to lend us energy and drown Tokyo with music. There are not enough words to express our appreciation for your love and support. Long live rock and roll!

Photo by Kyoko Obayashi

Cigarettes & Shame Album Release is Coming

Women in Rock/Funk are shakin' Shibuya CYCLONE on September 3 at the Tits, Tats & Whiskers Album Release Party! Don't miss this chance to see and hear these powerful ladies in one night! Look out for Maria of SOLMA-soulkitchenmarket, Ikumi of jungles, and Yuko of Soul-D! Save the date...SEP 3! Check the link below for details and click "Going" to put it in your calendar

Cigarettes & Shame Far East Asia Tour Dates are Set

TT&W is very excited to officially announce "Cigarettes & Shame Far East Asian Tour 2016". This time we are going to tour around Japan and the far eastern side of Asia to bring out the tunes of third album "Cigarettes & Shame", culminating with the Finale and official album release on September 3rd in Cyclone of Tokyo, Shibuya.

Please find the tour dates below. Details for each event will be linked as soon as it is available. The information is subject to change and more dates might be added, so please check back for updates.

"Will Erase" Music Video is Out

What a crazy night Yesterday night (3/5/2016) !!! Thank you so much for our always lovely hosts "What The Dickens" and of course All the beautiful people that came over and enjoyed with us this special night!!

We are very excited to announce that our fourth music video "Will Erase" (From "Laugh, Dance & Cry" Album) is now live and available online. As before, we are proud to claim that it is 100% produced by us. We are also thankful to a bunch of our dear friends (Aimee, Marcus, Alex, Ayumi, Mike, Ani and Ashley) who went out of their way to act in our video. Please check it out in youtube over here ==>

Following the completion of our recording sessions, we are going to kick off our 5 months Asian tour on March 31 in Taiwan, showcasing our new tracks from the upcoming album, "Cigarettes And Shame". We will be playing in many cities before doing a tour-finale and release gig on September 3rd at Cyclone (Shibuya). Please check our Facebook or Shows page for updates of the tour and release.



USA & Canada: The Laugh, Dance & Cry Tour

Outside the Rockpile in Toronto, we all exchanged hugs and farewells with our good mates: Zach and Micah. We had just finished our final show of the tour and we were ready to leave the RV, our home for the past two weeks. We had one rest day in the city before flying back to Tokyo. The tour has come to an end and we are both sad and excited go home.

2 weeks ago:We arrived in NY and our host band picked us up at the JFK airport with the giant RV plus music gear trailer. The sight of the huge vehicle and cool live equipment inside fueled our excitement for the tour. Our first show was in Taste Venue, Newark (NJ). We were graced by an old friend's presence, Takuma. The show ended abruptly during the final band's set due to the smoke machine tripping the alarm and summoning the fire department at the door. The next day we headed for Brighton Bar (Brighton, NJ) where we met more old friends who rocked out with us. We capped the night with a walk to the nearby beach. Next, we did Q ball cafe (Friedricksburg, VA) before taking our first day off in Monroe bay (VA) for the 4th of July. We took a dip in the lake, played basketball, and literally dodged some fireworks at night while enjoying some sake and frozen margaritas. The following day we reached Baltimore (MD) and gigged at Raven Inn. The folks over there did a decent job at promotions and gave us a nice and warm welcome. Next up was Howlers at Pittsburgh (PA). Finally we got a properly elevated stage, this one was about 3 feet high. Outside was not the safest neighborhoods in my opinion, but they did have some delicious authentic pizzas and calzones nearby. We immediately set off for Bernie's in Columbus (OH) afterwards. It was a popular student hangout as it was situated near the university. We only set up half of the sound systems due to the low ceiling. We played some pool in the bar after the show, just for chilling. Still in Ohio, we moved on to Iggy's, Toledo, another venue that had a decent high stage. For me, it was the most fun gig we had, resulting in loads of free drinks from guests and the bar owner. We hung out at the bar until the wee hours of the morning when we realized it was time for breakfast already. Too bad for our driver, Zach, who had to whisk us over to Detroit (MI) the next day. The place Michigan was called Diesel. It had two huge stages and bands played back to back, with no down-time! The sound guy was very professional and helpful, we loved him. Incidentally, the band who played before us, in the next stage, was Trixster, an 80s band who had quite a following back in the day. There was no rest for us after the last US show as we had to prepare to cross the border to Canada at the break of dawn. It was by far, my most stressful border-crossing experience ever. All three of us gave conflicting answers at the customs, yet they let us through after we showed them our return ticket to Japan. I do not advise border-crossing without any sleep. Our last gig of the tour was approaching and we felt Toronto's warm welcome right after we reached it. The Rockpile showed us the best hospitality among venues: food, drink discounts, showers, an offer to use extra amps, and smiles. The stage was nice and high and the sound was controlled by a friend of a friend from Tokyo, and we are grateful for showing us a lot of love during the show. As we closed the show and were about to leave, we met our most favorite tour companions outside, and bid goodbye.

Forward 2 weeks: As we stepped out of the arrival gates in Narita, the first mission was the smoking area. And we knew in our heads that the next was to tour again, but this time, in Japan. And maybe after sushi or some gyuudon.


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