THE RICECOOKERS is a Japanese rock band formed in 2004 in Boston by Tomomi Hiroishi (Vocalist), Kota Fujii (Lead Guitar), and Daisuke Wakabayashi (Bass) and later joined by Sohei Oyama (Drums). They met at the prestigious Berklee College of Music where ...
THE RICECOOKERS is a Japanese rock band formed in 2004 in Boston by Tomomi Hiroishi (Vocalist), Kota Fujii (Lead Guitar), and Daisuke Wakabayashi (Bass) and later joined by Sohei Oyama (Drums). They met at the prestigious Berklee College of Music where they were classically trained and perfected their musical skills. For 6 years, they performed at countless venues in Boston such as Paradise Rock Club, Harpes Ferry, Middle East Downstaris, and Great Scott. From 2006 to 2010, they were a regular bill at The Irish Pub as the headliner gaining a large fan base.
In 2007, they entered the worldwide music contest, EMERGENZA, and finished as semifinalist for the Massachusetts State Finals, drawing media attention as the first Japanese band to become a finalist.
In January 2010, THE RICECOOKERS made their debut with an EP "Four of Our Songs"; produced by Shunji Okada Zazou Productions, Inc. and released by Bowinman Music Group. The EP is available in Japan as well as in the United States.
Following a successful 2-week tour in Tokyo, THE RICEOOKERS moved to New York City and regularly perform at renowned venues such as Arlene's Grocery, R Bar, The Knitting Factory, Ace of Clubs, Don Hill's, and The Fontana's to name a few.
In May 2010, their single "I" was featured in a Japanese play, directed by the acclaimed director Yukihiko Tsutsumi with raved reviews. Soon after, the same song was featured in a Fuji TV documentary featuring the cast from the production.
In June 2010, they were chosen as one of the 10 performers, along with the legendary Sadao Watanabe, to perform in front of an estimated 45,000 crowd at Japan Day in Central Park. They were asked to represent the event's "Tokyo Now" theme and showcase the band's unique Japanese American rock style.
Most recently, THE RICECOOKERS recorded their mini album "CHACMOOL" in New York, which will be distributed by UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP LLC/MIC Japan in September 2010.
In August, they will once again travel to Japan hitting 5 cities; Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, and Sendai to promote their album.