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XANVALA unleashes defiant digital single “joke”


Japanese alt-rockers XANVALA dropped the digital single “joke” on August 31, 2022. Locked and loaded, the band brings a rebellious spirit with this new work. “joke” is a riff-driven fierce track with a catchy modern sound that showcases the colors of XANVALA.

Speaking about the single “joke”, the band comments:

XANVALA - Tatsumi

The concept for the lyrics is a counterattack. The idea came to me from a movie and I envisioned a scene of oppressed people collectively rising up in revolt.

— Vocalist Tatsumi

We didn’t skimp on time, work, or expenses to deliver the best we could and didn’t let anything compromise the quality at all. The only way to express oneself is from the inside out. You put it out to the world, as it is, and people will either love it or hate it. That’s the true form of art.

— Guitarist Yuhma

The theme for this work is a graceful villain. I wanted to create a trap music atmosphere, so I researched many evil-looking game soundtracks.

— Guitarist Souma

So far, this is the song that best synchronizes the concept with the visuals and the music. It’s kind of a new season of a non-Japanese series with an antihero. Please enjoy it.

— Bassist 70.
XANVALA - Tomoya

The antihero of this new era has been born. Check out the badass side of XANVALA.

— Drummer Tomoya

The five-piece band successfully completed their 20-city Japanese tour “ASK”, and they announced a new one starting this December and ending in August 2023. With several sold-out dates during this year, the upcoming tour is a new challenge to break into bigger venues and reach more areas in Japan.

With the future looking brighter than ever, XANVALA has risen to become one of the most promising acts in the current Visual Kei scene.

◾ Listen to “joke” on digital platforms:

XANVALA - joke

XANVALA – “joke”

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XANVALA is a Japanese alt-rock / visual kei band that started activities in 2020. Their music features a heavy yet melodic sound, in conjunction with dynamic guitar riffs, electronic backings, and striking vocal lines. The band brings a combination of elements from different influences, without attaching to just one particular style. Under the concept of “messy things are beautiful” and the name XANVALA (pronounced as “zanbala”) carrying the meaning of “disheveled hair”, it goes without saying that headbanging is a must at concerts. XANAVALA’s intense rock has received a good response and attracted many listeners, fueling the spirits of the members to continue breaking into the scene with full determination.

Official Sites
Website: https://xanvala.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1DiSYb5VybCRkwcebXJvQ
Twitter: https://twitter.com/XANVALA
Instagram: https://instagram.com/xanvala
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3roFgDP
Apple Music: https://apple.co/3sH7Pwk

Tatsumi – vocals
Yuhma – guitar
Souma – guitar
70. (Nao) – bass
Tomoya – drums

Label: PARAGUAS inc.

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