Starbenders, the Atlanta-based rock band, has been steadily making a name for themselves in the US music scene, but they recently took their high-energy performances to a new level during their tour of Japan. From February 1st to February 15th, the band played a series of shows across the country, captivating audiences with their unique blend of glam rock, punk, and pop.
The tour kicked off in Tokyo, where the band played at the legendary Shinjuku Loft venue, known for hosting some of the most exciting and eclectic acts in the city. Starbenders took the stage with confidence, sporting glittery outfits and bold makeup, and immediately launched into their hit single “Holy Mother.”
Lead vocalist Kimi Shelter’s powerful voice and dynamic stage presence had the crowd immediately hooked, and guitarist Kriss Tokaji’s riffs and solos kept the energy high throughout the set. Drummer Emily Moon and bassist Aaron Lecesne provided a solid rhythm section, driving the songs forward and allowing Shelter and Tokaji to soar.
One of the highlights of the Tokyo show was the band’s cover of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream.” Starbenders put their own spin on the classic, with Shelter’s vocals taking on a haunting quality and Tokaji’s guitar adding a new layer of intensity to the iconic riff.
The tour continued with shows in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya, each one drawing a crowd of dedicated fans who were clearly excited to see the band perform live. Starbenders’ music has been described as “glitter rock,” and their aesthetic certainly lived up to that name, with the band’s outfits and makeup getting more elaborate as the tour went on.
In Kyoto, the band played at the intimate venue UrBANGUILD, where they delivered a set that was equal parts energy and emotion. Shelter’s vocals shone on tracks like “London” and “Julian,” while Tokaji’s guitar work on “Diet Soda Society” had the crowd cheering.
The final show of the tour took place in Nagoya, at the popular club Apollo Theater. Starbenders closed out their set with their latest single, “Push,” which had the crowd jumping and singing along. The band members took a final bow, clearly grateful for the enthusiastic reception they had received throughout the tour.
Starbenders’ success in Japan is a testament to their ability to connect with audiences across cultures and languages. Their high-energy performances, catchy hooks, and bold aesthetic make them a band to watch in the coming years. With their upcoming album set to be released in the spring, it’s clear that Starbenders are poised for even greater things in the future.