Hailing from the vibrant Japanese port city of Kobe on Osaka Bay, The fin. have become something of a reputed and singular attraction in their homeland due to their stylish Europhile blend of synth-pop, chillwave and dream-pop, complete with English lyrics addressing universal themes of everyday uncertainties. Often referenced alongside the likes of Beach House, Toro Y Moi, Mew and Washed Out, the quartet have, since forming in 2012, created a sufficient stir to have performed before thousands at major Japanese festivals including Fuji Rock, Rising Sun and Viva La Rock. Not content with such acclaim in one country alone, Yuto Uchino (vocals and synths), Ryosuke Odagaki (guitar), Takayasu Taguchi (bass) and Kaoru Nakazawa (drums), each aged 24, set their sights worldwide and in March this year embarked on a major nine-date tour of the US. Now the Fin have their sights set on the UK.
The band’s new EP is set for release at the end of June 2016. There’s an oceanic theme running through the beauteous record that permeates more than just the song titles. Maritime imagery features heavily in Yuto Uchino’s lyrics, as references to ship, shore and submersion loom large. Shimmering, sophisticated indie art-pop that will be familiar to fin abounds. The band spent May in the UK promoting the record. They travelled the length and breath of the country playing everywhere from Portsmouth to Newcastle. This all culminated in the UK festival debut at The Great Escape where The Line of Best Fit and Tenement UK made them their pick of the festival. The band will return to Europe in September to mix their new album and play some more shows.
“Charming synth based wonder” The Line of Best Fit
“Vibrant indie art-pop approach that is masterfully rounded out with both melodic and electronic additives” Earmark “One to watch” CMU Approved
“The Push-and-pull of their tidal town can be felt in every weighty sway of their ethereal noise” DIY