Despite being based in Beijing, Hardcore/Power Violence band Struggle Session seem to be equally at home out on one of their many far-ranging tours. They have now their high energy live show to every continent except for Antarctica, with past adventures seeing them in Morocco, Spain, Korea, South America and Australia, as well as all over their adopted home in China.
Their latest effort was a month long tour over summer 2019 throughout the West Coast of the USA, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. From liquor stores and empty gymnasiums in tiny border towns, to outdoor all-ages shows in 40 degree heat, and ska bars in tiny beach resorts, Struggle Session brought their anti-homophobic, anti-sexist, anti-macho, anti-fascist assault to the good people of North-And-Central-America through the medium of beer-soaked, semi-naked blastbeats, circle-pits and two-steps.
In December 2019, they will be heading to Japan for the first time, in a 9 date tour organized by Scrotal Records, Co-headlining with Kansai legends Chikan Chef.
Forning in 2016, Chikan Chef are a difficult band to pin down. Taking elements of grindcore and hardcore, chopping them up into off-kilter riffs that throw you about 30 seconds of chaos, before landing back into a riff that grooves so hard you can’t help but start to jump in the pit – only to find that the riff has ended by the time you have lifted up your elbows. This musical barrage is set off by the hentai-inspired costumes of the band-members and strip-tease antics.
It will be the first shows in Japan for well over a year for Chikan Chef. Their latest outing was a short tour of China, where notable highlights included the Beijing after-party for the 2019 China Hardcore festival, and a show in Hebei province where the night ended in the boys running from the local police after they were called to the venue with charges of lewdness.
Chikan Chef will be bringing with them copies of their recently reprinted debut CD ‘Culinary Creeps.’
Struggle Session will be bringing their latest 7″ – Sudamérica Ruido y Amor, a 33 track, 10 minute concept album that traces the entire story of their 2018 South America tour. They will also have a new CD printing of their 2016-2018 discography, put out by Dying Art Productions, placing together their previous vinyl splits with a few bonus tracks.
The promotion video recently published by ‘world-core’ band Struggle Session gives a taste of what to expect at the upcoming shows, cut from a selection of the hundreds of shows they have played across the globe. Check it out!
12/7 Fukoka、MRT STUDIO
12/8 Oita、AT HALL
12/11 Kyoto, POP! PIZZA
12/13 Gifu, 柳ヶ瀬ANTS
12/14 Enoshima, OPPA-LA