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Mutation Tour Dates

In only a few short weeks, Mutation kicks off its tour of the UK, Ireland and Japan.

Mutation, the extreme metal project from Ginger, features Scott Lee Andrews (Exit_International) and Denzel (Ginger Wildheart Band) among their ranks. They will be touring their recently released third album, Dark Black, around the following towns and cities:

UK
Fri 27th October – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sat 28th October – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms (Hallowe’en Hooteanny)
Sun 29th October – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Mon 30th October – Glasgow, Stereo
Tue 31st October – Newcastle, Riverside
Wed 1st November – London, Underworld
Thu 2nd November – Cardiff, Globe
Fri 3rd November – Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Sat 4th November – Leeds, University Union (Damnation Festival)
Wed 22nd November – Belfast, Empire

Japan
Mon 13th November – Osaka, Shinsaibashi FANJ Twice
Tue 14th November – Nagoya, Sakae TIGHT ROPE
Wed 15th November – Tokyo, Shibuya TSUTAYA O-NEST
Thu 16th November – Tokyo, Shibuya TSUTAYA O-NEST

Tickets for UK shows are available from mutation.seetickets.com, and tickets for the Hallowe’en Hootenanny are available from The Ticket Factory.
Tickets for Japan dates are available from www.creativeman.co.jp/event/mutation2017.

Following Ginger’s recent mental health issues, he has this to say of the tour:

I am fully committed to the Mutation tour in October, and all other Mutation activity to come. I consider this music a catharsis, a way of channeling the aggression and desperation that I’m currently experiencing.
These shows will act as essential therapy in keeping me focused and providing a goal to strive for in my mental health well-being. I’m maintaining my fitness and keeping my eye on the prize.
When I say that we will rid ourselves of our demons on every date of this tour in mean it 100 per cent. This will not be a drill.

Let’s join Ginger, Scott and Denzel for some much needed live music therapy.

Manchester Show Rescheduled + Fishing For Luckies in Nottingham / Toyko

The Wildhearts were sorry to have to cancel the final show of the tour in Manchester, as Ginger was suffering from a serious stomach bug. He soldiered on through the previous show in London, but had to throw in the towel after 20 minutes of the Manchester Hey! Hello! set. See the video below for Ginger’s on-stage apology at the time.

The Manchester show was immediately rescheduled for 26th January. Original tickets are still valid, additional tickets are on-sale at: https://thewildhearts.probitymerch.com/listings/. Refunds are available until 10th January from point of purchase for anyone who cannot make it to the rescheduled show.

For people travelling significant distance to the rescheduled show, the kind folks in Ginger’s Associated Secret Society are collecting donations to help people with travel costs, and to link people up with floors to crash on etc. See Moshville for full details.

An additional ‘Fishing For Luckies’ show has been announced for Friday 27th January at Nottingham Rock City, prior to a Japanese ‘Fishing For Luckies’ show on 31st January at Tsutaya O-East in Tokyo.

Ginger Wildheart Band – Japan Shows

The Ginger Wildheart band are in Japan for a short tour.

The tour takes in the following dates and venues:
April 4, 2016 – Shinsaibashi, Osaka FANJ Twice
April 5, 2016 – Shibuya, Tokyo WOMB
April 6, 2016 – Shibuya, Tokyo WOMB
April 8, 2016 – Sapporo, Hokkaido SPIRITUAL LOUNGE

Ginger says:
“I am beyond excited to come back to Japan with my solo band, Chris Catalyst, Random Jon Poole and Denzel. The best times I’ve ever had in Japan has been with these crazy guys, and this is going to be the best one yet. I promise this.

I love you all, and cannot wait to see you again. I plan on coming to Japan many times in 2016.
It’s my favourite place on Earth, and as I get older I miss you more and more.

See you very soon. Bring your smiles and your voices, and let’s party!

Gx”

Japan solo tour dates in April

Ginger heads back to Japan in April, to play a few shows with his solo band.

Ginger says:
“I am beyond excited to come back to Japan with my solo band, Chris Catalyst, Random Jon Poole and Denzel. The best times I’ve ever had in Japan has been with these crazy guys, and this is going to be the best one yet. I promise this.

I love you all, and cannot wait to see you again. I plan on coming to Japan many times in 2016.
It’s my favourite place on Earth, and as I get older I miss you more and more.

See you very soon. Bring your smiles and your voices, and let’s party!

Gx”

The tour takes in the following dates and venues:

April 4, 2016 – Shinsaibashi, Osaka FANJ Twice
April 5, 2016 – Shibuya, Tokyo WOMB
April 6, 2016 – Shibuya, Tokyo WOMB
April 8, 2016 – Sapporo, Hokkaido SPIRITUAL LOUNGE

Japanese Show Meet & Greet for G·A·S·S· contact members

Three of the four Ginger Wildheart Band Japanese dates will have an exclusive meet and greet for G·A·S·S· ‘Contact’ level members.

The shows with Meet and Greets for contact members are:
Nagoya, Apollo Base – 25th June.
Osaka, Fanj Twice – 26th June.
Tokyo, Marz, Shinjuku– 27th June.

Japanese contact members can bring their membership card or alternatively print the email they have received (and photo ID). Please also email info@g-a-s-s.co to confirm that you will be on the guestlist.

If you’re not a G·A·S·S· member yet, you can signup at www.g-a-s-s.co, and existing members can upgrade to Contact level using the upgrade link in the footer of the G·A·S·S· website. Again, please email info@g-a-s-s.co to confirm that you will be coming to the meet and greet.

Contact members should arrive at 18:00 for the meet and greet. Main doors are at 18:30.

G·A·S·S· is Ginger’s new fanclub project, which for a year’s subscription provides a full update every month including 3 songs per month, demos from the Ginger archives, podcast, diary, videos, great artwork and all in all more content than you can safely shake a stick at!

Ginger Wildheart Band Japanese Dates

A four-piece version of the Ginger Wildheart band are to play four shows in Japan in June:

24 June, 2014 TOKYO, Duo Music Exchange
25 June, 2014 NAGOYA, Apollo Base
26 June, 2014 OSAKA, FANJ Twice
27 June, 2014 SHINJUKU,TOKYO, Marz

Doors for all shows are 18:30, with the start at 19:30 and Chris Catalyst will be playing a support set.

Ginger Acoustic Benefit Show In Tokyo

Ginger will play a benefit show in Tokyo on Sunday 24th April in aid of those affected by the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The show takes place at Koenji High in Tokyo, tickets are ¥3,500 in advance (¥4,000 on the door), on sale from the Vinyl Junkie store from 26th March and general sale from 2nd April.

All proceeds will be donated in support of the ongoing aid efforts. Please see the Venue’s show page for full details and ticket links.

Happily Lost In Translation (Japan Day 1)

The breaks between visits to Japan always seem longer than in reality. Actually, this kind of warp in time makes sense when faced with the futuristic setting that Tokyo continues to impress upon returning gai-jin (foreigners). Apart from New York City there isn’t a place in the world I miss more than Japan.

Take the food, for example. The mysterious, multi textured, multi-shaped, multi-coloured smörgåsbord that is a Bento Box can repel and delight in equal measure, depending on who is savouring its hidden treasures. A table/box full of assorted tastes and visual treats is my idea of heaven. The thought of putting something unknown into my mouth on the recommendation of Japanese hosts fills me with a joy that Xmas used to, about 30 years ago. And it is always, without exception, a culinary masterpiece jam packed with exotic flavour.

And the drinks? Last night I was drinking sho-chu (a strong wine made of wheat) mixed with vinegar and plum, and was made to feel like I’d just discovered alcohol again. Scott has got himself an addiction to sho-chu and oolong tea. And who could blame him? Without the bloated feeling of beer or the potentially hair trigger drunk that liquor can spring this stuff takes a while to get you there and is thoroughly delicious every step of the way. And all without the tiredness that drinking red wine can sometimes have on an evening out with friends.

Then there are the streets. A smoker’s dream. Nowhere else in the world are there so many people puffing on cigarettes. Indoors, outdoors. Young and old. Everyone is smoking tabs. And not to look hard.

People are also dressed in amazing clothing. Some merely stylish to the max and others kitted out in the kind of get up that American movies tell us people will wear 100 years in the future. And why the Hell not? Every store in Tokyo, no matter what they’re selling, from shoes to garden equipment, sells it with cute cartoons the likes of which are only seen by Western eyes on kids telly.

Society is structured on traditional values steeped in Buddhism therefore everyone takes pride in making the whole work effectively by governing themselves in a proper and respectful manner. Crime, while existing, is an organised and honourable vocation that the criminally minded can aspire to. There’s never been an ASBO written for a young thug here, the perks are just too great.

And then, of course, there are the fans. Loyal, respectful and diligent, they follow with patient tenacity, biding their time, determined to get a photo or autograph or presenting gifts laced with imagination and origami packaging.

And when collected in a venue, the cleanliness of which is completely alien to someone whose apprenticeship was served treading the beer and puke sodden boards of shit pits that make up most of the UK touring circuit, the noise they make is an ode to joy itself. Shrill and completely testosterone free the Japanese crowd makes a whistling squeal that sounds like a thousand kettles collectively and positively thrilled to make tea. Orgasmic and life affirming. This sound is one of the many reasons why The Wildhearts have stayed together for so long.

After a kick ass show at the Tokyo Liquid Rooms I’m startled to hear music business types charting out a three year plan of how the style of music will follow the current recession, based on previous recessions and the resulting shifts in style. The Japanese, it’s fair to say, aren’t a race of moaners.

Our hosts, the lovely Kaoru and the wonderful Coach, of Vinyl Junkie, follow us everywhere to make sure that we are looked after and the shows go off without a single hitch. Not many managing directors of record labels have this much of a relationship with the musicians they work with, maybe that’s part of the reason why the music industry over here is in such great shape?

In summary, I love this place. Fucking love it.

And it would appear, after 15 years of being invited back, that the feeling is entirely mutual.

Argita Gozai Mas, Banzai, Yopporai, let’s get high.

Gx