Two of Japan's hottest music groups were in Toronto Sunday night at the Mod Club. Monkey Majik and Yoshida Brothers are in North America touring as part of Send愛 concerts, benefiting Tōhoku charity organizations.
Monkey Majik is a popular band in Japan consisting of Maynard Plant and Blaise Plant, each acting as lead vocalists and guitarists, as well as two Japanese members: tax on drums, and DICK on bass. Many of the concert goers that waited over an hour for the doors to open last time said that the members of the band at heroes in Tōhoku and their home Sendai.
The Yoshida Brothers, Ryoichiro and Kenichi, perform traditional Japanese music on the shamisen. They began playing the Japanese instrument at the age of five.
The mostly Japanese-Canadian crowd raked along College Street waiting for over an hour past the time doors were scheduled to open to watch one of Japan's most popular soft rock bands play the popular Toronto Mod Club. Inside the venue over 600 people filled the floor standing over two hours to be bewitched by the music coming from the stage.
The Yoshida Brothers took to the stage first playing their blend of instrumental Japanese music. Their song Oboro Zukiyo, a traditional folk song, had the audience softly singing, one of the most moving pieces of their performance. The brothers are masters of the shamisen, bringing the ancient instrument into a modern light.
Monkey Majik and Yoshida Brothers pack Toronto's Mod Club
The main act though was Monkey Majik who blend Japanese and English lyrics with a thumping dance beat. With a set of 15 songs the crowd was engaged for over an hour. Each song added to the excitement from their opening Black Hole to their closer Headlight. This is the second time the band has played Toronto this year. In February they played at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for a special free concert as Ambassadors of RESILIENCE.
The Yoshida Brothers joined Monkey Majik on stage for the encore performance of Change, Halo and Together.