We discovered this extraordinary Japanese art rock band at SXSW in 2012. Its with much excitement thay we debut KAO=S at Splore 2018.
Founded in Tokyo with Kaori Kawabuchi (Vocals / Sword Dance), Shuji Yamagiri (Acoustic Guitar / Vocals) and Jack (Tsugaru Shamisen). Out of the turmoil that followed the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the band distilled a new style of Japanese art to bring to the world, which it termed ‘chaos’ or, following the Japanese pronunciation, KAO=S (pronounced chaos) . KAO=S's sounds combine Japanese traditional elements and modern Rock music, along with musical theatre. They have developed their music and performance into a ‘‘Japanism Rock Band”. Their sound is a blend of vocals and acoustic guitar, overlaid with traditional Japanese instruments such as the three-string Tsugaru Shamisen, using a full range of effects. Complemented by Kaori’s spellbindingly powerful sword dance, KAO=S quickly caught people’s attention.